“Hunger Games” actor and Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence has revealed she was pressured to lose weight for her role in the popular movie franchise The Hunger Games.
Lawrence, 32, starred in the leading role of Katniss Everdeen at just 20 years old. Lawrence admitted that weight was ‘the biggest conversation’ during her role.
Lawrence admitted that she felt her role was an “awesome responsibility,” and said, “I remember the biggest conversation was, ‘How much weight are you going to lose?'”
In the film, the young female character, Katniss Everdeen, is a young woman who is starving and trying to stay alive in a survival game governed by a ruthless dictator. Allegedly, film executives suggested that Jennifer would need to slim down in order to fulfill the look for her role.
Though Lawrence felt pressure from executives to lose weight, she felt it was more important for her to stay true to who she was and not to diet for the role not only for herself but for her young fans as well.
She continued by saying, “Along with me being young and growing and not able to be on a diet, I don’t know if I want all of the girls who are going to dress up as Katniss to feel like they can’t because they’re not a certain weight. And I can’t let that seep into my brain either.”
In the past, Lawrence has been vocal against dieting and having a positive image. She previously stated, “I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I don’t diet. I do exercise! But I don’t diet. You can’t work when you’re hungry, you know?” she said in an interview with Glamour.
Although she was told to lose 15 pounds just two weeks prior to starring in the Hunger Games role, she once again refused.