10 Ways Jennifer Lawrence and Katniss Are Virtually the Same Person
by Rachel Weeks
Jennifer Lawrence may claim she never plays characters that are like herself in movies—”I’m a boring person,” she says, but we disagree! Here are 10 definitive ways that Hollywood’s “It Girl” is just like her bow-wielding Hunger Games character.
At first glance, goofy Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence may not seem to be anything like her more serious and rebellious character Katniss Everdeen, but the two have more in common than you would think. From rocking a haute couture dress to representing their hometowns with pride to inspiring girls all over the world, J. Law and Katniss could both be called “The Girl on Fire.”
1. They both got famous young…
While fame was thrust upon 16-year-old Katniss after her first Hunger Games victory, Lawrence knew she wanted to become an actor at a very young age, so young that she decided to graduate high school two years early to begin her acting career. At 17, she moved to LA to appear in “The Bill Engvall Show” but got her big break at 20 when she starred in Winter’s Bone, a role that made her the youngest Oscar nominee for best actress in a leading role.
2. But didn’t necessarily want to be.
Lawrence’s acting career was never about being famous—she just loved to act. In fact, in an interview with E! Online in 2012—before The Hunger Games premiere—she reflected on missing out on the role of Twilight‘s Bella Swan: “I look at Kristen Stewart now, and I think, ‘I’d never want to be that famous.'” Little did she know that she’d be ranked number one in Ask Men’s top 99 “Most Desirable” women the very next year. Katniss, too, was never interested in fame. She did what she had to to survive The Games and became a legend in The Capitol and Districts alike.
3. They became role models without meaning to.
Just as Katniss became a role model for the rebellion against the Capitol, 24-year-old Jennifer Lawrence has become a positive example for young girls around the world. However, she admitted in an interview with Madame Figaro that she didn’t always feel up to the task. “I never imagined or planned to become a model for anyone; it hit me when I accepted this film (The Hunger Games),” she said. “It would be hypocritical to deny that girls see me as an example and say that I don’t have a responsibility to them. Because clearly, I have.”
4. They’re both proud of their hometowns.
Peeta and Katniss represent District 12 in the 74th Hunger Games and eventually add their names to the short list of victors from the poor coal-mining community. And despite their boosted fame, they never lose sight of their friends and family back at home. A proud Kentucky native, J. Law has been spotted cheering on the Louisville Cardinals on more than one occasion and even earned her own Louisville “Hometown Hero” banner after a group of Louisville students raised money to have her represented. Lawrence responded, saying: “Louisville gave me a perspective and informed my identity in a beautiful and honest way. I’m grateful for this honor and extremely humbled to join this list. (I mean, Muhammad Ali?) Thank you. Go Cards.”
5. They have a deep love for their families.
Katniss’s story famously begins after volunteering as tribute to replace her younger sister Prim in The Games, but her commitment to protecting her family and friends extends throughout the series. While Lawrence doesn’t have a younger sister, she does have two loving and supportive brothers and her parents. In an interview with People, she said, “They wanted me to grow up in Kentucky, to lead a normal life—what all parents want for their children—but they saw me so truly happy that they sacrificed everything for my happiness … without my family, I would be nothing.”
6. They inspire people with their strength and courage.
While Lawrence was never forced to participate in a dystopian fight to the death as her character was, she has faced her fair share of trials. In 2014, when nude photos of the star were stolen and published without her consent, she came forward to call out the hackers in an interview with Vanity Fair: “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. … Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”
7. They are style icons.
With the help of their stylist Cinna, Katniss and Peeta stunned the Capitol with their fiery ensembles, not to mention Katniss’s truly transformative wedding gown. Lawrence must have loved Katniss’s dress, too, because her 2013 Oscar dress had a very similar silhouette. Plus, it kick-started her extended love affair with Dior clothing and launched her onto best-dressed lists for years to come.
8. They set hair trends.
Just as the “Katniss braid” started to catch on in the Capitol after Katniss and Peeta’s Hunger Games victory, J. Law inspired many women into jumping on the pixie-cut bandwagon. She says that her pixie was the result of styling frustrations, but it triggered a wave of celebrity chops that took over the red carpet.
9. They’re unabashedly themselves and are loved for it.
Whether she’s stumbling up the stairs at the Academy Awards or photobombing other celebs on the red carpet, Lawrence is always having a good time. She doesn’t always say the right thing, but that’s what makes her more relatable than her well-coached peers. Katniss doesn’t like to play by the rules either, but that’s what made her the inspiration for revolution. Her fearlessness awoke an oppressed populace.
10. They each own a set of bow and arrows and know how to use it.
Of course, Lawrence had to learn to shoot a bow to play Katniss, but she has applied her newly discovered archery skill in real life as well. She told Vanity Fair: “One time I actually used it for defense. 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’?'”