The last picture in the young adult series, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be hitting theaters later this month. As a whole, the series has become a global phenomenon that has created a loyal following of fans and essentially launched the careers of it’s cast into super stardom. At a recent press conference, the cast shared their experiences working on the films. Find out what Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson said about growing up, saying goodbye and making strides for women in film.
Jennifer Lawrence has left a mark in playing teen heroine, Katniss Everdeen, whose story and character now stands alongside other pop culture heroes. She talked about how she feels about the impact of her character and whether she’d add onto her range as an actress by not only doing more award contender films but also maybe still playing with genre, specifically if she’d be open to playing in the Disney Marvel sandbox with the likes of Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper:
Jennifer Lawrence: (laughs) I would love to play in a sandbox with them. I feel the impact of being a part of such a huge movie that does so much for so many people it would be impossible not to. I think that this character is so overwhelmingly supportive of women, obviously, and as iconic. I don’t feel a personal impact. I think that if you ever become aware of that then it takes away from it a little bit so it’s just the movie and the characters. They kind of have their own life. It’s kind of your avatar self.
Josh Hutcherson on getting a chance to create more depth for Peeta in Mockingjay Part 2:
Josh Hutcherson: It was cool. This was like the final episode that I was looking forward to when I read the books where Peeta gets kind of hijacked and becomes all these things. It was cool to take this character, who has such a special place with the fans, to take that kind of character that everybody loves so much, the golden boy and turn to that dark side and explore that while also having that back and forth of being quasi bi-polar from all these experiences.
The piece on Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter that Lawrence wrote on the disparity between the pay of women and men in entertainment has made headlines in regards to addressing the reality for women in Hollywood. She further addressed her piece by clarifying her points:
Jennifer Lawrence: Yes, I was not making as much as my co-stars. It wasn’t so much as complaining about why I wasn’t getting paid more because I’m a woman it was more of how did my mentality get in my own way in fighting as hard as the men to get a better deal. Is that because I’m a woman? The only point of view I have is from a woman’s point of view. I hoped to just write more about my own fears of ‘How am I going to be portrayed, How am I going to look? Or how will people judge me?’ got in my way when obviously the men in the movie don’t think that way. Even after writing it, it’s still been called ‘Jennifer Lawrence has bratty display’ and it was like thank you for completely making my point. A woman goes and speaks up and is assertive with her voice she’s going to be called a brat. I just don’t see a man being called a brat.
Liam Hemsworth on the dark evolution of Gale over the course of the films:
Liam Hemsworth: I don’t feel down. I actually feel pretty happy. He’s a good guy….apart from all the killing. He gets pretty angry towards the end. He’s been through a lot and for a long time didn’t really have the power to do anything. Through this last part he’s front and center and is able to really make an impact. I think it all goes to his head a little bit and he loses sight of his own morals and values.
Jennifer Lawrence on saying Goodbye to Katniss:
Jennifer Lawrence: I feel like I kinda had two kind of endings with Katniss. One when we wrapped the film in Berlin with everybody there. That was kind of saying goodbye to the movie. The last scene about a year later with my nephews which was so special. They played my children in the scene that we shot, so it was like this amazing closure to this character which I loved for so many years. To have my blood family there instead of my (cast) family there. I got to say goodbye to both at different times.
The Hunger Games comes out November 20th!