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OTRC: Jennifer Lawrence on 'The Hunger Games' and Katniss Everdeen - See video

Jennifer Lawrence talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com about her 'Hunger Games' character Katniss Everdeen and filming.

Jennifer Lawrence admits that she is not a lot like her character, Katniss Everdeen, in the upcoming film "The Hunger Games."

"I wish that I did [have her strength.] She's strong," Lawrence told OnTheRedCarpet.com in a recent interview. "I would've been like [in a sheepish voice] 'I volunteer.' Cried and like cried the whole train ride and just stayed on my podium when they counted down [in the arena] and just cried. It would've been different."

In the film, Lawrence plays Katniss, a young girl who lives in a post-apocalyptic future where a boy and girl from various districts are chosen and taken to a massive area where they must survive and fight to death. This annual event, dubbed The Hunger Games, takes place in front of cameras, who broadcast their every move to viewers.

The film is an adaptation of the popular novel "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins is slated to hit theaters on March 23, 2012. It also stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Lawrence said that book's underlying message of strength was "something that I loved about the books and the movie and I love that the message that it sends and that I can be a part of it."

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."

The film's director, Gary Ross, is best known for making films like "Pleasantville" and "Seabiscuit." However, Lawrence said Ross directed the film a little grittier.

"He directed it like a war movie. That's what got me so much about, you know, meeting him and knowing how he was going to make them," she said. "And then seeing them, it's really incredible how he did it."

"The Hunger Games" did not require a body transformation for the actress. Lawrence did have to be fit for the action-packed role, which required a lot of scenes featuring Lawrence running.

The actress told OnTheRedCarpet.com that her toughest scene to shoot was "the Cornucopia in the middle. I had to run across a field with long grass in 105 degree heat with no shade -- ten times."

Watch the trailer for "The Hunger Games" below.

Reporting by Cari Skillman of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).

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