Jennifer Lawrence’s Real-Life Katniss Moment

We didn’t need 1 million men to tell us that Jennifer Lawrence is the ne plus ultra of smokin’ hotness, but it’s nice to see our girl crush’s greatness confirmed in print: the “Hunger Games” star is on the cover of Vanity Fair’s February issue, where she chows down on a daisy just above a headline declaring her status among menfolk everywhere as the world’s most desirable dame. And inside, the actress is typically straightforward about her career beginnings, her empathy for Katniss Everdeen and how having no privacy makes her crazy.

Celebrity complaints about being chased by the paparazzi are nothing new, but Jennifer’s combination of brutal honesty and self-awareness on the subject is refreshing.

“As much as this is a curse, as stupid as it sounds, to make as much money as I am by doing something that I love, it’s hard not to regret it when you’re being chased by 15 strangers,” she explained, after confessing that she’s placed many a weepy phone call to her mom while trying to come to terms with her place in the public eye. But that same experience came in handy when it came time to make “The Hunger Games,” with Jennifer finding more in common with her character than she’d expected.

“I read the Hunger Games books when it was Oscar season, so for the first time I was in these dresses which didn’t look like me and didn’t feel like me,” she recalled. “I felt like a walking rag doll. I remember sitting there in hair and makeup, listening to the things that they were talking about, and most of the things I didn’t even know…. So I read that and I was like, ‘I know exactly how that feels.'”

And, in turn, it sounds like a bit of the fierce femme fatale has rubbed off on the 22-year-old, as she nearly wielded Katniss’ signature weapon against a perceived foe:

“One time I actually used it for defense,” she recalled. “I pulled into my garage and I heard men in my house. And I was like, ’I’m not letting them take my stuff. I had just gotten back from training, so I had the bow and arrows in the back of my car. I went to my car and I put this quiver on me and I had my bow and I loaded it and I’m walking up the stairs. And I look, and my patio doors were open, and there were guys working right there, and I was like, ’Heyyy, how you doin’?'”

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