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Monday 24 September 2018

If I forget my lines I'm told I'll have to hand back the Oscar – Jen

IT'S not always easy being an Oscar-winner. When Jennifer Lawrence returned to the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire after winning the best actress Academy Award for last year's Silver Linings Playbook, she was treated to a round of applause.

Then the teasing began.

"I kind of wish just the Hunger Games group didn't know about (the award) because any time I mess up my lines, Woody (Harrelson) is like, 'Ya better give that Oscar back!'" said Lawrence.

"But when I got back, I told everybody that things were going to be very, very different," the actress said. "The applause was sweet, but really it was like, 'Let's move on.'"

And move on she did, back in cinemas this weekend as heroine Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Able to tackle dramatic and comedy roles with ease – both in studio blockbusters and smaller independent films – Lawrence says her continued universal success wasn't by design.

"It just sort of happened and everybody complimented me on it," said the actress. "I started out in indies and I always imagined myself being in smaller movies for the rest of my career.

Pickle

Then Hunger Games came along and I was in a big pickle. I would have done it in a heartbeat if it were an indie, but it was giant. I had to take a few days to think about it." Deemed Hollywood's "normal" girl, Lawrence's accessible personality contributes to her demand. She endearingly stumbled while accepting her Oscar. And she refuses to starve to fit the entertainment industry's ideals of beauty.

Next up for Lawrence will be X-Men: Days of Future Past and Dumb and Dumber To.

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