"It was difficult, because it came with a lot of baggage... it was a life-changing decision," admits Lawrence about accepting the lead role in the impressive movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins's futuristic adventure novel.
"We're obsessed with watching other people's lives, we're obsessed with their tragedy becoming our entertainment," reflects the acclaimed young actress on the current state of Reality TV-dominated culture, which is taken to its logical conclusion in the blood-thirsty world that Katniss inhabits.
Lawrence, who scooped the Digital Spy Movie Awards' 'Star Of The Future' gong in 2010, also reveals how her portrayal of the 16-year-old hunting expert contains strong links to her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter's Bone and caused plenty of bumps and bruises along the way.
She also discusses whether she'll be able to continue making indie movies such as Like Crazy and The Burning Plain, given her planned involvement in the blockbuster franchises spawned from The Hunger Games and X-Men: First Class.
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The Hunger Games will be released in both the UK and US on March 23