Aug. 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM ET
"Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence told Vogue that she always knew she'd be famous, even if she wasn't sure what career path she'd take to get there. Lawrence is the cover girl for the magazine's enormous September issue, and recently sat for a seven-hour interview with writer Jonathan Van Meter.
Lawrence grew up in Kentucky, and says she didn't always fit in with her peers, but she always knew fame was in the cards. "I used to lie in bed and wonder, 'Am I going to be a local TV person? Am I going to be a motivational speaker?' " she said. "It wasn’t a vision. But as it’s kind of happening, you have this buried understanding: Of course.”
And she was right. Lawrence left school at 15 to begin acting, and hit it big with "Winter's Bone" in 2010.
Her sudden fame, and the adustment that followed, helped her relate to her most famous character, Katniss Everdeen. In the second "Hunger Games" film, "Catching Fire," Katniss has changed from a unknown girl to a nationally famous face. Lawrence understands the transformation.
"Suddenly I was introduced to this brand-new world where I didn’t feel like myself," she told the magazine of her sudden celebrity. "I was in these weird gowns and listening to people talk about things I didn’t understand. And I remember reading that in the book and being like, Oh, my God, I know exactly what this feels like. I don’t know what it’s like to get ready for your death, but I do know what it’s like to be almost a puppet. And then when I was making the second film, I had become more acquainted with that world, and I think that’s something that Katniss experiences. She is different when she comes back. "
Lawrence is also excited about producing the film version of "The Glass Castle," the acclaimed memoir written by former msnbc.com gossip columnist Jeannette Walls.
“Jeannette wanted to fit in a polished world, so she’d shower all the time because she never felt clean,” Lawrence says. “I find that, to watch somebody for two hours, you want her to have a little dirt on her, to be a little tacky, you know? I feel like you like those people more.”
"Catching Fire" hits theaters Nov. 22.