'God, that was a high, high bar to set,' Lawrence said of her character Katniss' combustible costume.
By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
She is the Girl on Fire. The one who won the role from a field of Hollywood's hottest actresses. She's Jennifer Lawrence, the center of all the attention when she walked the black carpet at the premiere of "The Hunger Games" Monday night in Los Angeles.
The night was the culmination of a storied journey, and Lawrence strolled the carpet with the confidence of the Hunger Games champion, but to the disappointment of just about everyone but Lawrence, she wasn't on fire.
"Was everybody disappointed that I wasn't set on fire? God, that was a high, high bar to set. 'Oh, darn it, she didn't set herself on fire,' " she told MTV News' Josh Horowitz. "That's unfair. I don't ever want to have to put myself on fire. Why am I constantly disappointing myself when I'm not putting my life in danger? That's not right."
Fans, or tributes as they call themselves, camped outside the Nokia Theater for hours just to get a glimpse of the stars of their most anticipated movie. As a thank you, Lawrence went to meet the fans earlier in the day. "It was incredible, such support," Lawrence said. "It was the least I could do. It was so nice of them."
But even with all the expectations of those fans and the pressure that comes with it, Lawrence insisted that she's kept a pretty calm head through all of this. "You know me. I never fully absorb anything. I just get through the day," she said.
A bit of a rude awakening for Lawrence, she told MTV News that she found out on the carpet from a different outlet that her training for the next film, "Catching Fire," begins earlier than she expected. "I've just been told from E! that my training schedule starts in June," she said. "I thought I had a couple months off. I guess not."
But what lethal skills she'll be taking on for her next appearance at Katniss Everdeen, Lawrence has yet to find out. "I don't know. I have to go ask E! if I have to brush up on my bow or if we covered that last time or if I have to do agility again," she said.
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