Jennifer Lawrence’s Mother Made Her Do The Hunger Games

By Rudie Obias | Published

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire began production this week in North Carolina. The sequel to The Hunger Games isn’t due in theaters until next year, but the star of the series, Jennifer Lawrence, recently reflected on the role she almost passed up. Can you imagine what The Hunger Games would be like without Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen?

Although Lawrence appeared in last summer’s X-Men: First Class, the Academy Award-nominated actor admitted her apprehension about taking the lead of the film based on the popular young adult series. Until The Hunger Games, Lawrence was content with taking roles in smaller, independent productions, including Winter’s Bone and the upcoming film from director David O. Russell, Silver Lining Playbook. She needed some additional coaxing from her mother when the role of Katniss Everdeen landed in her lap:

She was like, ‘You’re being a hypocrite, because you always say you don’t care about the size of the movies.’ Because when I was doing indies, everybody was always like, ‘Why don’t you ever do a studio?’ I’d say, ‘Because I don’t care about the size of the movie. I care about the story.’ And my mom was like, ‘Now you have a story you like, and you’re not going to do it because of the size.’

The second installment in The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, will find tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark returning home to District 12 after winning the 74th Hunger Games. But their homecoming welcome is short-lived when they have to go on a “Victory Tour” that will culminate in the Third Quarter Quell or 75th Hunger Games.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the second installment in the film series based on the trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins. The final installment in the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, will be split into two parts that will be released in 2014 and 2015. Lawrence was very candid about her recent pay raise for working on three new movies instead of two.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit theaters everywhere on November 22, 2012. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay part one and part two will be released on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.