Katniss Everdeen Actress: “The Outfit That Saved My Life”

It’s Hunger Games Month here at HogwartsProfessor and today let’s take a trip to the Capitol to see how actress Jennifer Lawrence is being packaged as the ‘Blonde Bombshell turned Rebel Vixen’ by her handlers and beauticians —

Beyond. Satire. Glamour Covers after the jump.

Is Ms. Collins laughing, crying, or what about these promotional stills of the District 12 fashion goddess after her makeover by stylists?

From the DailyGlow:

She’s starring as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games and now Jennifer Lawrence has taken part in a tough new photo shoot for Glamour. The stunning actress poses holding a bow, her onscreen character’s weapon of choice, and wearing a black bodysuit complete with plunging neckline…

The 21-year-old actress looks sensational in the shots that are featured in the magazine’s March edition. The actress looks incredible in a fitted black bodysuit that showcases her curvaceous figure. Lawrence poses confidently holding the bow, with her long tousled hair falling down her back.

In another, softer shot, Lawrence looks sweeter, wearing a gold top as she kneels on the grass. The actress’s makeup looks sultry and sexy in every image. With heavy kohl and bronze shimmery eye shadow, The Hunger Games star smolders. Lawrence rocks peach-toned blush and understated lipstick to complement her radiant complexion.

You couldn’t make this stuff up — except perhaps as a parody of the Capitol gossip sheets’ commentary on Katniss’ wedding dress? Your thoughts, please! More photos and interview comments with Caesar sans Peeta:

In the weeks leading up to the release of the film, Lawrence, who laughs often and quickly—at herself as much as everything else—has intentionally been taking it easy, hanging out with her friends, surfing, going grocery shopping and mentally preparing for what’s to come. May the odds be ever in her favor.

GLAMOUR: So, are you ready?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I feel like I’m in the eye of the hurricane right now. I just recently started cleaning like I’m insane, and I’m starting to think it’s my anxiety over the movie. I think it’s a bit like, “I’m just cleaning the refrigerator handle. The movie’s not coming out. I’m going to clean it spotless, and then my life will not change.” It’s just scary. I feel like I got a ticket to go to another planet and I’m moving there and there’s no turning back, and I don’t know if I’m going to like that other planet or have friends there. It’s daunting.

But you thought about all of this before you took the job, right?
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: I gave myself three days. I knew from reading the books that I loved The Hunger Games. I just didn’t know if it was worth changing my life for. I’m at a peaceful place right now. The people who used to ignore me at parties, now they’re nice to me and kissing my ass. But nobody’s staked outside of my house. I wanted to make sure that when I said yes, I wouldn’t regret it. And I don’t regret it. I would have said no because I was scared, and then I would have been that bitter actress telling my grandkids, “I’m the one that turned it down.”

GLAMOUR: Being very famous does seem crazy-making….
JENNIFER LAWRENCE: In some ways, it’s a hard life, but it’s a great professional life. I’m doing what I love, and then I get months and months of rest. I have a lot of money for a 21-year-old. I can’t stand it when actors complain.

Did I mention that Glamour voters chose Ms. Lawrence as ‘Hottest Celeb’ of 2012? The Girl’s on Fire!


  1. Mary Ellen says

    Definitely beyond satire. The black body suit is particularly ghastly. I can’t help thinking Cinna would have done a better job than Glamour’s stylists (and would never have lost sight of the message).

    To her credit, Ms. Lawrence does seem to understand Hunger Games on a more serious level: ‘I don’t read it as that much of a science-fiction story. Gladiators used to fight in an arena for entertainment. Humanity has watched other humans die as entertainment before. It can happen again.’

  2. The black jumpsuit? NO female looks attractive with gravity-pull!!! Yes, Cinna would not have compromised.

    I am still on the fence about the movie…about the only aspect of the promos I’ve liked is the woodland scenery.

  3. Mary Ellen says

    PJ — I can’t agree more about gravity pull 🙂

    While I’m rather horrified by all the ‘Capitol-istic’ pre-launch buzz, I’m impressed what I’ve seen of the actual movie footage so far.

    This is a link to a page that has all of the HD clips and trailers. Check out the one all the way at the bottom of the page that shows Katness shooting arrows while the gamemakers get on with the feast.

    I would love to hear your thoughts.

  4. Wow, that’s not at all what I pictured when I read the books. And I’d like to see Katness actually try to wear that black thing and compete – um, well, maybe not.

    Some of the pictures I’ve seen look really good, but I’ve decided to skip the movies. I found the violence throughout the books almost too much to read and I don’t want to actually see it.

    I do hope that, since so many really liked the books (including my daughter who now “owns” my copies of the books), they stay as faithful to the story as possible so the message in the books comes through. With any kind of book that has action sequences, it seems Hollywood tends to focus on that at the expense of the social or political points that might be made in a book.

  5. Arabella Figg says

    Yes, beyond satire. But I suspect that, like Katniss, Lawrence has little control of her promo work. And like Katniss, she recognizes that life as she knew it has irrevocably changed. She seems to be keeping her head on as straight as she probably can.

    THG is this week’s big cover story in Entertainment Weekly.

  6. MaryEllen…thank you for the tip. Yep, the arrow-in-the-apple trailer is a good one.

    I can’t but be a bit confused about the variety of district attire: D12 looks like a flashback to the 1930’s/Depression years in America. Then we have the sleek gymwear in the Capitol training room. Interesting.

  7. Mary Ellen says

    PJ, I thought the contrast in colors and styles between the districts was interesting too and well done — District 12’s clothes look like they came from a thrift shop and had been washed way too many times, while the Capitol is the most extreme sort of Vogue haute couture with screaming greens, pinks and purples.

    I also loved the conversation in the background of the arrow in the apple trailer with Seneca Crane saying ‘Hey, hey, hey! Who ordered the pig?!’ So horribly apropos.

  8. PotterMom05 says

    This was my fear when hearing the books were turning into movies. And while I’ve been impressed with the movie stills and footage I have seen, I just can’t decide about seeing it. Just supporting something that may in fact lose the message of the story- and has teens fawning over these various movie characters- it’s almost too much. I’m not sure I can stomach overhearing “ooh, Cato’s so HOT!”. And that is what the publicity spin has been doing with all the glam photo shoots of the actors.

  9. PotterMom05: I feel your pain!!! and indecision. While I lean more to the no-go side of the movie fence, I also understand the importance of having the experience if only to facilitate dialogue with the impressionable youth within my sphere of influence.

    Should you succumb to the pull of the cinema tides, take every opportunity to engage others in your immediate seating area to discern their knowledge of the books (prior to the film’s start). This exercise will keep you in good stead and encourage others “in-the-know” as you make those unintended verbal responses to the not-even-close-to-canon moments on the big screen! 🙂

  10. Katniss fan says

    I’ve now seen the movie and read all three books. There wonderful! Fantastic job on the choice of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss! But seriously… The black body suit? Why? They just totally ruined it for me.

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