In the upcoming flick The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers on behalf of her little sister to take her spot in The Hunger Games, where 24 kids battle for their lives in what’s called "the Arena" and brutally slaughter each other until there's just one victor standing.
When asked why fans are so crazy over the trilogy and the first movie adaptation, Lawrence makes a very real, very recent pop-culture reference as to why The Games, which are fully televised throughout the country of Panem, hit home for readers of the series.
"I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that's a tragedy for anyone," Lawrence tells Parade magazine of Kim Kardashian filing for divorce from her husband of 72 days, Kris Humphries, in October. "But they're using it for entertainment, and we're watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other's pain."
As for her own trauma and pain, the 21-year-old star, who had to endure "running training, stunt training, combat training, archery" while filming in 100-degree North Carolina heat, recounts one particular day that was especially strenuous.
"I had to do a scene running across a field, grabbing a backpack," she explains. "There was no shade. It was just in this field of really tall grass and I had to sprint, and sprint, and sprint as fast as I could, five or six times. And then I had to get in this huge fight. I felt like I was in a car accident the next day."