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OTRC: Jennifer Lawrence on 'Hunger Games' hesitation and anti-diet

Jennifer Lawrence appears at the 2011 Oscars. / Jennifer Lawrence appears on the April 2012 cover of Glamour magazine. (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences / Glamour)

Jennifer Lawrence beat out dozens of actresses for the coveted role of Katniss Everdeen in the upcoming film, "The Hunger Games," but the actress is not looking forward to the inevitable attention.

"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," Lawrence told Glamour magazine for their April cover story. "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 [expletive]. But nobody's staked outside of my house."

"I wanted to make sure that when I said yes, I wouldn't regret it," Lawrence continued. "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.'"

In the film, Lawrence plays Katniss Everdeen, a young girl who lives in the post-apocalyptic North America, which is now called Panem. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event put on by the government in Capitol city, where a boy and a girl from each district fight to the death. The film adaptation of the popular novel by Suzanne Collins is slated to hit theaters on March 23, 2012 and also stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

"When I heard they were making the movie, I was like, 'oh, that's nice - they're going to ruin another great book,'" Lawrence quipped. "But then I met Gary [Ross, the director], and he was unbelievable and brilliant and genius."

"The Hunger Games" is expected to draw in an audience equivalent to the hugely popular "Twilight" franchise. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Lionsgate movie could earn up to $100 million in its opening weekend alone.

The 21-year-old actress was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2011 for her work in "Winter's Bone." She also recently completed work on "The Silver Linings Playbook." Her other film credits include "The Burning Plain," "Like Crazy," "The Beaver" and "X-Men: First Class."

Lawrence's "X-Men: First Class" role required her to be naked and painted everyday with blue body paint and silicone scales. She also had to undergo a strict diet and workout routine.

"I knew that if I was going to be naked in front of the world, I wanted to look like a woman and not a prepubescent 13-year-old boy," Lawrence told Elle magazine following the film's release. "It was awful - I was hungry for five months. I'm still pissed about it."

"The Hunger Games" did not require a body transformation, and while Lawrence did have to be fit for the action-packed role, she doesn't have to pretend to enjoy the process.

"I hate saying, 'I like exercising.' I want to punch people who say that in the face," Lawrence told Glamour. "But it's nice being in shape for a movie, because they basically do it all for you. It's like, 'Here's your trainer. This is what you can eat' ... I don't diet. I do exercise! But I don't diet. You can't work when you're hungry, you know?"

Lawrence is still getting used to stardom and told Glamour that she only just recently allowed herself to eat from a hotel mini bar. And while she is wary of the inevitable attention that "The Hunger Games" will surely bring, the actress admitted that it's hard to complain.

"In some ways, it's a hard life, but it's a great professional life," she said. "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."

Watch the trailer for "The Hunger Games" below.

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