Last year, during an interview to promote “The Hunger Games,” Jennifer Lawrence talked about how blessed she felt to ride the Batman roller coaster at Six Flags after the park had closed.
Though she had earned an Oscar nomination for “Winter's Bone,” Lawrence was not yet a household name. That happened when “The Hunger Games” was released in March 2012.
Fast forward 18 months and Lawrence is one of the best known — and respected — actresses in Hollywood. She's done that by winning over the action movie, teen book-reading crowd through her portrayal of Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” and through an Oscar-winning performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.”
This week, “Catching Fire,” the sequel to “Hunger Games,” opened.
As far as the 23-year-old Kentucky native is concerned, the only thing that's changed for her is the pixie haircut she now sports instead of long locks.
“I'm actually surprised at how surprised everyone is that nothing has changed or feels different,” Lawrence says.
“I think everyone believes that when you win an Oscar, it's like some sort of magical charm that changes everything in your life. It really hasn't.
“ I have had the most amazing year — career wise — and I am so grateful and so honored but it really hasn't changed anything for my personal life.
“I still put on my acting pants one leg at a time.” She has seen a lot more filmmakers interested in her. She's finished, or is working on, eight different projects that will keep her busy for the next few years.
As she's already shown, Lawrence likes to work on a range of projects. Current projects include the fact-based “American Hustle,” a reprisal of her role as Mystique in the “X-Men” sequel, the final two chapters in the “Hunger Games” and a new version of John Steinbeck's “East of Eden.”