Jennifer Lawrence: “I love my job. I can’t stand it when actors complain.”

Jennifer Lawrence covers the April issue of Glamour to promote The Hunger Games, which hits theaters on March 23. Publicity for the movie is on the verge of kicking into (very) high gear with a mall tour (just like Tiffany) and all sorts of upcoming appearances, I’m sure. For now, we’ll settle for this Glamour interview, which includes tidbits like Lawrence admitting that she accidentally gave Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta, a concussion while delivering an on-set “death kick.” Here are some excerpts, along with Lawrence looking particularly boobtastic in a black bodysuit while armed with a bow:

On her career: “I feel like I am in the eye of the hurricane right now. It’s daunting. I feel like I got a ticket to another planet and I’m moving there and there’s no turning back, and I don’t know if I’m going to like that other planet or have friends there. It’s just scary. I wanted to make sure I was ready for this. And I am.”

Acting is a dream: “I love my job. I can’t stand it when actors complain.”

On keeping fit: “I don’t diet. I do exercise, but I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?”

[From Glamour]

On the Glamour website, there’s also an informational article on The Hunger Games that discusses how Lawrence beat out Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, and Hailee Steinfeld for the role of Katniss. Can you imagine how awful Emma would’ve been in this role? She’d be checking her manicure between takes and rolling her eyes just like Aunt Julia. In contrast, Lawrence is pretty hard core and reportedly trained long and hard (100 arrows a day with an Olympic-style blow) for the archery aspect of her character. The movie also boasted 35 full-time makeup artists and 450 on-set wigs to depict its capitol setting. I can’t wait to watch this movie!

Meanwhile, Lawrence looks absolutely lovely in this photoshoot, and she’s not noticeably photoshopped either. The cleavage shots are a bit much to promote a movie based upon a young-adult novel, but hey, this is Glamour.

Photos courtesy of Glamour

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  1. Stacy Dresden says:

    UGH I hate jumpsuits but she is so sexy! I just love this actress. She seems so real, and what I guess I mean by that is she isn’t an end product of the Hollywood machine…yet.

  2. someone says:

    she’s so pretty and seems so down-to-earth! I Love these books and I’m glad she was chosen to play katniss.

  3. Bite me says:

    Love her… Can’t wait for movie

  4. normades says:

    OMG loooove the pic with the flower wreath in her hair.

    That said, I think this film will be a success but not on a Twilight level by any means (but I could be wrong).

    • Mr. StinkyFishFace says:

      I’d debate that. The Hunger Games has a MAJOR die hard following that is more wide spread than just crazy teen girls and their moms. Maybe its just wishful thinking. This also just the first in the trilogy. They said that Catching Fire is coming out next July.

    • Happy21 says:

      I beg to differ. I know of about 10 women in their mid-30′s who have already bought tickets for opening night. Can only wonder if that is just people I know, how many more people are going to go crazy to see this movie.

      The good thing I do not think there will be a Twilight level of cheese. The movies are going to be far better than Twilight and its sequels.

      • DesertRose says:

        I am a 30 year old woman with tickets to opening night for this movie. They may be young adult novels, but they deal with very adult ideas (and not just Bella-style who-should-I-get-down-with stuff) and I would love for these movies to go as big as Twilight. Better actors, better story, hopefully it’s as great as I’m thinking it will be.

  5. brin says:

    Talented and humble, hope she stays that way. LOL at Emma Roberts up for the role.

  6. mia girl says:

    She looks really lovely in all of these shots.

    I am so looking forward to this movie and think Jennifer Lawrence will be great… I already tear up just hearing her deliver the line “I volunteer as tribute!” in the trailer. Prospects look good.

  7. jinni says:

    Looks like someone doesn’t want to be compared to Kristen Stewart now that they’re headlining a big, teen movie, franchise. But let’s see how she deals with all of the intrusive press, if this thing becomes a hit. Or the intense speculation on her love/private life and pap mobs. As she said she’s in the eye of a hurricane, a calm place, what’s she going to do when she gets caught directly in the storm’s destructive winds?

    • fabgrrl says:

      Exactly what I came to post. Let’s check in in a few years when people are pawing through her trash and selling pictures of her children.

    • SpunkyPR says:

      Agree with what you’re saying but if you read it again, she implies that she hopes she can handle it, so she realizes this is now and that it will change. At least she understands that her life will be an open book whether she accepts it or not

    • Pilar says:

      I dont know about that. I think its about personality and perspective Some people like rooney mara has complained almost from day 1. Lawrence has been nominated for an Oscar already and has pretty much walked the same walk as mara. She sound a lot less spoiled and lot more mature. Also these people are being payed millions, the fame is a part of the terrioory. If they dont want that, stop complaining and go act in the theatre or something.

    • kristiner says:

      The difference is Kristen already had an odd, hostile personality. She really was a petulant child but knew how to turn it off then the press came in and her natural abilities of being annoyed and bitchy showed.

      Jennifer is more free-styling. I can see her grimacing and scowling fiercely at the press but I doubt she’ll ever flash the finger.

      Some are just mature enough to handle it. Kristen isn’t.

  8. Liz says:

    She is a great actress and looks amazing in these pics, fresh and beautiful.

  9. CTgirl says:

    I’m so glad to know that there are talented and articulate young actors making interesting movies (Winters Bone was exceptional) who spurn made up drama and angst. Very refreshing.

  10. Dee says:

    I’m intrigued enough to now see the movie. I hope she overtakes the Emma Roberts and Kristen Stewarts of Hollywood.

  11. Just don't know about her says:

    I’ll be interested to see how much complaining she does after a few months of twilight-style press intrusion in her personal life. It is never a good idea to complain about other actors either. She may end up eating these words down the road. Also, I think everyone has some sort of complaint about their lives, not matter what their circumstances. There is always a flip side, and losing privacy is never going to be desirable, for anyone.

    • T.C, says:

      I agree. She is only 21 and hasn’t really been in the spotlight so she sees things like us normal people. When things hit she will be complaining.

    • jess says:

      I was just about to post the same thing. I hate when other actors complain about other actors complaining. I mean…she has nothing to complain about right now so of course she doesnt understand it. Everybody complains about their job one time or another, does that mean they are not greatful for it? No. Anyway, I have no interest in seeing this movie. Im also tired of hearing comparisons to twilight, cause the only thing they seem to have in common with twilight (harry potter as well) is that the leads are 2 guys and a girl.

    • orly says:

      I hate that this movie or the actors are compared to Twilight in anyway.

      I don’t think people will be as intrusive as they were/are with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. The whole intrigue and interest in those two was because of the mystery surrounding their relationship. Are they, aren’t they? The curiosity caused a frenzy with fans, the paps and tabs went wild trying to prove/disprove there was a real Edward/Bella relationship.

      The Hunger Games, though it’s the same demographic, is about a different type of passion.

  12. Jenn Wood says:

    Have not been this excited for a movie since Back to the Future part 2!! CAN’T WAIT !!!!!!!!!

  13. Nanz01 says:

    Lawrence was cast in the role before I read the first book. Now I can’t imagine anyone else playing Katniss. She seems like a great fit – not too far off from her role in Winter’s Bone. Also, she’s from my hometown. So I root for her by default. =)

  14. Heather says:

    Love her ‘don’t complain, be grateful attitude’ but to be fair SOME of the actors that complain a bit have way more attention/paparazzi stalking and they’ve had it for years-even decades on end. She probably has a very tolerable amount of negatives to deal with right now, like others have said, we’ll see if she still holds the same view a couple years down the line.

  15. Mr. StinkyFishFace says:

    Can’t wait for this movie. I just think this poor girl has no clue what she’s in for.

  16. Lola says:

    To be fair most actors don’t complain about there jobs. They complain about paps and some intrusive media. (check News of the World case)

  17. ethosdino says:

    Personally, I’m more interested in the other story on the cover, “It was 3am and he had a gun”.

  18. Amanda says:

    I would love my job too if I got to make out with Michael Fassbender in X-Men. Even the blue body paint would have been worth it!

  19. wuuuut!! says:

    She’s in the eye of the hurricane?Since when?

  20. ramona says:

    Just for the record, 100 arrows a day isn’t really very many. It takes me about an hour and a half, with breaks between ends, to shoot a hundred arrows, and I don’t even get paid for it. That being said, I can’t wait to see her shoot. Her form has looked OK but not great in publicity photos.

  21. maggiegrace says:

    I live in Louisville, where she’s from. She was friends with my daughter in middle school. She peed on my floor once from laughing so hard. She seemed mature for her age, a little beyond her years.

  22. lucy2 says:

    I like her, but don’t have much interest in this movie. I never read the books, but it sounds like there’s a big fan base and lots of excitement.

  23. D. says:

    For those of you saying “Wait till she’s super famous; she’ll have complaints then”

    It’s fine for her to privately feel violated and intruded upon by crazy fans and the paps. The question is whether she’ll be smart enough to lie about it in interviews.

    Because unless the invasion of privacy involves harassing an actor’s young children, the public becomes super hostile when a celebrity complains about those aspects of stardom – “STFU!”, “This brat earns millions and she’s complaining? Boo hoo!”, “If you don’t like it, retire!” etc.

    If an actor is honest about certain things, they’ll get crucified – rule of thumb: in interviews, kiss the ass of everyone you’re working with and have ever worked with, kiss your fans’ asses, never complain, do not honestly assess your past & current work unless it’s 100% positive, if you must criticize something, stick to very easy targets (i.e. puppy killers, cancer, etc.)

    • jinni says:

      What you say is very true. My problem is that she has never experienced the level of crazy that really intense fame can bring, so it sounds kind of smug coming from her. If she was a superstar, who was enduring the kind of scrutiny that comes with a high level of fame and was saying this, than I would take what she said seriously.

      Right now she’s just at the buzz/hype phase, everything seems easy during that time. Let’s she how she deals when she has the full wrath of raw fame weighing on her shoulders. When everyone wants and believe they deserve a piece of her, while simultaneously waiting and wishing for her down fall.

    • karma? says:

      Disagree with you to a point. Pattinson has walked this line very well, I think. He has repeatedly said how grateful he is, etc etc, but he also has acknowledged the downside, saying how his family has been targeted, and it makes for a very isolated life. I don’t think this comes off as complaining, it just makes him genuine/authentic. The downside does exist! If he went in to interviews with fake cheeriness, kissing azz all the time, just yuck.

      • D. says:

        Pattinson is also an attractive guy with many devoted female fans who will eat up the woobieness with a spoon. Different rules for him.

        Also, if an actress mocked the movies she was in the way Pattinson does with Twilight, people (read: women) would have their knives out. I’ve seen that over and over again on this site alone.

        It makes more sense to compare Jennifer Lawrence to other women, not guys who have millions of girls creaming themselves over them. They’re not going to be judged the same way.

  24. kiko says:

    what a nice girl and a decent actress!as for the hanger games, am i the only one that really doesn’t care?i mean i’ve seen the trailer,promo photos but i just can’t get excited it just looks boring.

  25. ClumsyMe says:

    Do you guys thinking maybe she was referring more to the actors who complain about actual work like Rooney Mara? But its like someone else said here she sees things like we do and to be totally honest who hasn’t heard an actor complain and thought “Just shut up already!” Also I haven’t read the books but I really want to and I can’t wait to see the movie.

  26. patricia says:

    Wonder What will be more annoying???

    Celebrities complaining about something, or celebrities complaining of what other celebrities complains???

    Don’t get me wrong I also like her but I don’t understand why she feels in a position to criticize the behavior of others especially if you are practically new in the business ans it’s something you haven’t experimented yet.

    People should stop being critical and just stick into their own business.

  27. Meghna says:

    I’m still getting used to the actors they cast for the roles. I think Hutcherson is perfect for the role of Peetra. But the other ones…I’m not so sure. I read the book last summer, before I ever even knew a movie was coming out. I pictured them so differently. Regardless, I can’t wait for the movies! I’m re-reading the books now!

  28. eileen says:

    ITA that she has no idea what she’s in for and I can understand why someone like Kristin Stewart compains about media and privacy issues, but I don’t understand why KS has a look of boredom and slumps through press time. Isn’t that her job? I have aspects of my job I don’t like but if my higher uppers saw me with a crappy look on my face rolling my eyes during it-you can guess what would happen.
    That’s the type of things that drive me nuts about the KS types-total bad attitude about things you agree upon when you sign the dotted line and get paid millions. Fake a smile if you have to.

  29. Sara says:

    Thanks Jennifer Lawrence for this! seriously, I can’t stand people that complain too. I mean,.. they are just too rich.

  30. Kim says:

    Refreshing for a young star to be thankful.

  31. jesstar says:

    She’s such a good actress, but I didnt realize how pretty she was!

  32. Perhaps she has heard her fair share of actors complaining about the job onset and the like. It was one throwaway line that people are reading far too much into.

    • Rachael says:

      Agree 100%. I need to read the full interview to see the context of her quotes, but it’s entirely possible that it’s one of those things where she caught herself going into the “complaining” territory via the interview questions, and stopped herself by saying “I shouldn’t do that because I hate when actors complain.” I’m picturing myself in her shoes, having to go through interviews like this and I can guarantee 100% that this is a comment I would make (and then maybe regret it after people started picking it apart). :-P

  33. Rachael says:

    Dude I love this chick … I really really hope she doesn’t lose her down-to-earth attitude once her fame blows up into Kristen Stewart and Rpatz territory. But to be fair, Rpatz still seems like a pretty cool and normal guy, despite all his fame. So I feel like it is possible. I just hope J.L. can handle it without letting it go to her head or drive her nuts. Good luck and godspeed. :)

    Anyway I am so glad she got the role of Katniss … she seems perfect for it. I cannot WAIT for these frakking movies!!!!

  34. Romia says:

    /Rant On/

    There are few things more difficult than fixing a polite smile on your face when a 47 year old acquaintance suggests you read books written for teenagers or children. I’d mentioned that I’d just finished “Devil in the White City,” so WTF? Are you crazy? Your suggestion is Hunger Games? SERIOUSLY?


  35. Lily says:

    Like this girl, but she is going to regret that quote…She may be an Oscar nominee and pretty talented (I, for one, think Carey Mulligan is way more talented and that people give Jennifer too much kudo), but few people know who she is…She is going to blow way up…Like bigger than the twi cast