It’s safe to say that most of the nominees walking the red carpet Sunday night (February 24) were keeping their minds busy with dreams of Oscar glory, but Jennifer Lawrence had something else on her mind: McDonald’s.
By the time the Best Actress nominee reached our live-stream hosts — MTV News’ Josh Horowitz and VH1’s Janell Snowden — she was more or less starving, having forgotten to eat before heading to the Dolby Theatre. And when Horowitz asked about her very own “hunger games,” Lawrence was shocked.
“How on Earth did you hear that?” she asked. “I forgot to eat because I was so stressed trying to leave the house, and I got in the car and I was starving. The [ceremony] is four hours long. I got in the car and could see the McDonald’s right there, so. …”
Even as Lawrence bravely carried on with the interview, she was struck with an important detail. “Hang on, I didn’t say fries. I’m seeing you talk, and all I’m thinking about is me pissed that I didn’t get fries,” she said. “You have to remind them of ketchup because they never include ketchup. You have to ask for it.”
Getting her mind back on the evening head of her, Lawrence claimed that if there is to be an acceptance speech, she’ll be pretty much terrified. “I actually have a significant fear of speaking in front of large groups of people, so every time they call my name, there’s one second of where I’m like, ’Yay, I won. Oh my God, I have to go up there,’ ” she admitted. “I’m walking and if I’m ever wearing a short dress, you can see my kneecaps are jumping up and down and I start shaking. I feel like I’m walking toward a gallow to get my head up off or something.
Looking a little past Oscar night, Lawrence will soon begin promotional tours for “Catching Fire,” the second in the “Hunger Games” series. When asked to choose between her leading men, she shared a most scandalous story. “It’s funny. I saw Sam [Claflin] the other night, and my publicist had told me that a magazine was going to say that either things were happening between me and Sam Claflin or [’Silver Linings Playbook’ co-star] Bradley Cooper, and I got to choose,” Lawrence explained. “I chose Bradley Cooper because I love Sam’s fiancé so much.”
When she’s not dodging romance rumors about her and Cooper, Lawrence spends her time setting up her co-star. “I feel like all I’ve been doing lately is setting him up,” she said. “I was like, ’I’m going to save time. I’m going to get you a booklet of pictures of my friends, and you just go through and pick them out because this is getting exhausting.’ ”
Before she moved down the press line, Lawrence bestowed one final piece of wisdom: “Never the McNuggets.”