As mentioned earlier today, Jennifer Lawrence hesitated before accepting the role of Katniss. The Hollywood Reporter spoke to Jennifer about what made her take pause, and how she prepared once she said yes:
THR: You hesitated when offered the part. What finally made you say yes?
Jennifer Lawrence: I called my mom, and she called me a hypocrite because when I was doing indie movies and everyone was asking why I didn’t do studio movies, I said, “The size of the movie doesn’t matter.” And she said, “Here’s a movie you love, and you were thinking of turning it down because of its size.” I thought: “I don’t want to miss out because I’m scared. Me being scared, I never want that to stop me from doing something.” But I knew in my heart that I wanted it — it was about working out all the fears.
THR: How did you prepare?
Lawrence: I did a lot of running because that’s all she does — track running and free running — then hand-to-hand combat and yoga. We trained to be able to do every stunt in the movie, and the ones that didn’t work out, my stunt double would do. I trained about four hours a day. Trying to find what Katniss’ body should look like put a lot of pressure on my shoulders. And it was stressful because I didn’t want to disappoint anybody — there was a lot of pressure to get your body to a place where an entire franchise is based [on it].
Source: The Hob