Jennifer Lawrence talks 'Hunger Games' Katniss: 'She's a hunter but not a killer'

Jennifer-Lawrence-Lionsgate.jpgThe newly released trailer for "The Hunger Games" highly anticipated film adaptation has put a lot of fans at ease -- particularly those who may have struggled to picture the usually blonde, vivacious Jennifer Lawrence as protagonist Katniss Everdeen.

Lawrence's transformation into Katniss took a whole lot more than some hair dye, she reveals in an interview with Vanity Fair. The actress, who scored a Best Actress nomination for last year's "Winter's Bone," put plenty of thought into the character even before she was up for the role.

"I had read the books before I even knew I would be auditioning for the movie, and was a huge fan of the material. Actually, my mom read them first and thought it was an incredible role and story," she says.

The dichotomy between killer and innocent is what makes Katniss so compelling, so we're glad to hear that's what intrigues Lawrence most as well. "Katniss is an incredible character: she's a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who's being forced into the arena. These kids are killing one another only because if they don't they'll die. It's needless, pointless, unjustified violence. It's heartbreaking."

In fact, before Lawrence had been cast, she was already feeding director Gary Ross some valuable advice about the character. In the audition room, she told him, "I understand if you don't hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone, her face cannot be badass."

Though we were skeptics initially, we're now counting down the days until we can see Lawrence in the role, which she seems to have dedicated herself to fully. "There's nothing cool about her," she admits. "It's not like she looks around the arena and goes, Yeah, I got this. I think she looks around helplessly, and thinks, I made a promise to my sister that I would survive; now I have to kill in order to do so."

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