Jennifer Lawrence was inspired by Katniss to write her pay disparity essay

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' cast hand and footprint ceremony

On the press tour for Mockingjay – Part 2, the Hunger Games stars are so scandal free. Most tours these days involve messy interviews, but maybe that’s just Marvel. There’s a sweet (but not very quotable) new interview with Josh Hutcherson in DuJour. He talks about fans who camp out and how grateful he is for his career. That’s the nice thing about all of the Hunger Games stars. They’re not like the Twilight actors who could barely conceal their disgust, but maybe that’s because Hunger Games is more intellectual.

Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence is busily aging like a president during a Berlin press round, and we don’t have pictures, but she is talking about her pay disparity essay again. This is kind of the theme of this tour, right? Usually, JLaw talks about her weight, snack food, and farts, so this is different. She says Katniss was the reason she stood up for lady wallets:

Katniss inspired her pay disparity essay: “I don’t see how I couldn’t be inspired by this character, I mean I was so inspired by her when I read the books, it’s the reason I wanted to play her. So I think it would be impossible to go four years with this character and not be inspired by her. She is kind, independent-minded. She is strong but merciful. I wish I had just one percent of her courage or thoughtfulness. She inspires me in every way.”

On Katniss: “I wanted her to be a warrior right away, I wanted her to want to be a leader,I had to keep my own personal emotions about her situation out of my performance.”

On Singing: “I don’t think that I contribute a lot of good things to the music world. That’s why I won’t sing out of respect whenever it’s possible.”

Her career choices: “You get older and you’re trying to be more educated and take part in a movie that contains a political statement. You have to develop that and be aware of the effect that you’re making.”

[From Reuters]

Soooo, that last quote really hits home as far as Jennifer’s new conversation topics this tour. She dropped her essay at precisely the right time. After a few weeks or internet discussion, journalists were able to formulate their interrogation plans, but Jennifer was already ready for them. Not a bad tactic at all, and it keeps her from getting all giggly about farts for the press. Do you miss farty JLaw?

Here are some new clips from Lionsgate. In the first one, poor Peeta tries to figure out what’s “real or not real.” The second clip shows Johanna with a shaved head next to an uneasy Katniss.

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' cast hand and footprint ceremony

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' cast hand and footprint ceremony

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2' cast hand and footprint ceremony
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  1. Snazzy says:

    I don’t miss farty J-Law at all. Much prefer this one!!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Me, too. I’m glad she’s growing up. Meryl Streep could have used a little preparation for interviews while promoting Suffragette. It’s smart of her.

    • Eleonor says:

      IKR ? Much much better.

    • DesertReal says:

      Silly rabbit. They’re both one and the same, not mutually exclusive. She is both farty and PC. Dare I say just like the rest of us? Smart, funny, neurotic, intelligent, silly, sexy and everything else in between? Just accept the truth and stop the nonsense.

  2. Sara says:

    People grow up and change, and their interests change. Well, hopefully. My father used to say to me that after college most people became intellectual zombies, with the same political opinions, interests etc. at 45 than at 25. Think of how much we absorb between 10 and 20, so why couldn’t we change between 30 and 40? (these of course are just examples)

    • Lilacflowers says:

      People stop changing then because they stop exposing themselves to new ideas. “Settle down” But there’s no need for that. Life should be a learning process from beginning to end.

      • Sara says:

        That’s why I find accusations of flipfloping in the media often so groundless. Of course, politicians shift their policies for pragmatic reasons (ahem), but this idea that you’re supposed to believe the same things all your life? It’s crazy when you think about it.

      • Lilacflowers says:

        Exactly. If you learn more about an issue, it can change your opinion. As for politicians, some change because they learn, some change to pander, and others change because they realize their job is to represent their constituents and their constituents may want something other than their party platform. But the voter has the responsibility of examining that, not just blindly following an opponent’s scream of “flip flop!”

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Sara, that is one of my pet peeves. What’s wrong with learning, growing and changing your mind? It always bugs me when politicians are criticized for that.

  3. Allie says:

    I’m soooo curious when celebrities (men and women) write these sort of letters, what percentage actually wrote it themselves? Which ones needed a ghost writer to help them or had their PR tell them speaking out would be a good idea? A lot of celebrities are barely high school graduates and these letters are often well written and funny when needed. I’m just not buying it.

    • Lou says:

      Oh they certainly get help. You can bet that Jennifer’s letter passed though a lot of people’s hands before it was released, and that’s probably a wise decision because it’s dealing with a controversial (yet obvious) subject. You want to have it spot on so i don’t judge her for getting advice or even having some ‘adjustments’ made by other people.

      • korra says:

        This exactly. Duh she got help writing it. Every written statement has been carefully proofread…but EVERYONE gets help on their essays. I do not see why it’s an issue. It doesn’t diminish what she says in her essay.

    • kimbers says:

      Jlaw graduated 2 years early. Girl is super intelligent. She’s one of those people in hollywood that is extremely calculating, even her first fall, she had that hunger for fame and the brains, body and talent to get and continue to keep her here-not luck. Girl is SO good at what she does…just cant hate at her game, even though she comes across as an energy sucker.

  4. Liz says:

    Love Jennifer Lawrence but I wish she wasn’t cast in movies that were written for a 40+ year old.

    She is such a smart young lady. One of my favorite interviews is this one from You Tube:
    She is quick and always seems one step ahead of the interviewer without being condescending.

  5. Lou says:

    ‘Do you miss farty JLaw?’


    Is it just me or does the hype around the Hunger Games movies seem to have dimmed a lot? Are people waiting with baited breath to see this movie like they were with Harry Potter and Twilight? I don’t go looking for it but i never seem to see the same fanaticism that came with the other franchises. That said, i felt the interest had died down for the last movie too, but it still made tons of money. Sometimes i wonder if the tentpole movies make loads of money because people feel they should see them out of duty and because everyone else will.

    Mockingjay was a terrible book. It’s like it was written by 2 different people. It’s like Suzanne Collins got tired and called in someone else to finish it. It was a slog to finish but i quite liked the first 2 books.

    • korra says:

      The books in general….aren’t that great. They’re good stories but not particularly well written books. Not a fan of the movies either. They’re not terrible, but not as impressive as I hoped they would be. The overall message seems to be lost in the marketing of this movie which is super weird to me. Lol. So I’m sorry but I don’t take these movies seriously at all.

      I am excited for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them though.

  6. Lucy says:

    She’s killing it!

  7. lizzie says:

    this is all about maturity and confidence and possibly a little positive influence from some new friends. it is likely she played up her farty girl side because she was uncomfortable with some of the attention she was getting. i think someone probably pulled her aside with her post martin lawrence antics and was like – walrus chopsticks with the paparazzi isn’t as cute as you think it is. i also think her friendship with people like amy schumer and dare i say leah dunham are having a positive impact on her. perhaps her new circle is encouraging her to use her platform more wisely and that is a good thing!

  8. MisJes says:

    Everyone bare with me, because this is a story, but I’ve been so positively influenced by Jennifer since she brang up this whole pay issue, I just really wanted to share…

    I’m the 2IC (second in charge) of my company here in Sydney. One responsibility I have is Payroll, and I’ve long known but kept my peace with the fact that despite being the superior of some employees of this company, I’ve earnt less than them. No longer will I accept this, in fact, I’ve taken steps to address this issue and I honestly feel I wouldn’t have the courage to do so if Jennifer hadn’t brought this issue to the forefront – entertainment industry or not, it’s not okay and we, as self-sufficent, smart and hardworking women are having to negate this utter bullshit!

  9. Mark says:

    Hopefully she’s asked about age appropriate casting decisions but she won’t allow question like that, which will probably make her look bad. Then she’ll go to farty normal jlaw

    ‘Hunger Games is more intellectual’

    Barely it’s a watered down battle royale with white people and with more teen angst love drama

    • K2 says:

      It has quite a lot of elements that are quietly subversive, I think. I mean, the male characters are really polarised, and the one who the heroine ends up with is the gentle, socially adept Patient Grizelda who is good at baking, not the macho angry one. And the successful bloke is seriously disabled, too – he’s an amputee (though they cut that from the films, admittedly). And the protagonist is a woman, and she has the full Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey treatment, with the love stuff on the side. The primary focus is on her efforts to stay alive, to protect her family, and eventually be the reluctant hero(ine) who grows into the role before making huge personal sacrifices to restore community, which is a complete story archetype. Then you have the whole 1%, globalist edge people can read into it, as well as the race elements (there’s a strong suggestion Katniss isn’t white, in the books, but from an ethnic group in the Appalachians, the Melungeons, and clearly some of the Districts’ populations are predominantly black, as the Capitol’s is white). You can argue that Suzanne Collins isn’t that successful in translating her Battle Royale start into the later themes, absolutely, but they are there IMO, and they aren’t in Twilight.

      Not a lot of it survives in the film. But some does.

  10. Jules says:

    Wow, Lawrence is simply killing it!…love her!.

  11. Alex says:

    She didn’t start the conversation about pay gap- she simply joined the topic when it was already very popular and she didn’t say anything new. She “wrote”a letter (let’s be honest- she probably didn’t write a single word) just before her big franchise movie comes out. And the, two weeks later, she said the character in this franchise inspired her.
    I wish celebrities didn’t do everything for PR and be praised for it.

  12. kimbers says:

    I will never underestimate the intelligence of Jlaw. Yes she’s a total hillbilly, but she’s a genius hillbilly.

    • korra says:

      This is like Angie’s fan on the other page that nauseatingly went on about how AJ reads about topics we all just find boring.

      Girl’s smart about her career no doubt…but so is Kim K and Mama Jenner? I think the bar for intelligence is honestly set so damn low in Hollywood. But whatever that’s just me being nitpicky.

  13. What's inside says:

    I nominate her for Prince Harry’s next girlfriend.