The odds are definitely in Jennifer Lawrence's favor at the moment. Not only did she grab an Oscar nomination in 2010 for her breakout performance in 'Winter's Bone,' but Lawrence earned the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the highly anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins's best-selling YA book 'The Hunger Games.' One of the reasons she beat out her Katniss competitors? Perhaps the fact that she understands the character extremely well -- at least judging from her new interview with Vanity Fair.

"Katniss is an incredible character: she's a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who's being forced into the arena," Lawrence told Vanity Fair. "These kids are killing one another only because if they don't they'll die. It's needless, pointless, unjustified violence. It's heartbreaking. When I auditioned, I told [director] Gary [Ross], 'I understand if you don't hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone, her face cannot be badass.' So there's nothing cool about her. It's not like she looks around the arena and goes, Yeah, I got this. I think she looks around helplessly, and thinks, I made a promise to my sister that I would survive; now I have to kill in order to do so."

Sounds like the Katniss 'Hunger Games' readers know and love. Can anyone actually believe there was some question about Lawrence's casting initially because of her hair color?

[via Vanity Fair]

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