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'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence learned archery from expert Khatuna Lorig

Jennifer Lawrence appears in a scene from the 2012 film 'The Hunger Games.' (Lionsgate)

March 26, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
"The Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence picked up the bow and arrow skills she needed for the movie from one of the world's best archers, Khatuna Lorig.

Lorig took time out from competing in the 2012 Arizona Cup to go see the movie. The pair worked together 15 times. The goal was to make sure the archery scenes looked as authentic as possible.

"It was a little hard for me, like, 'Oh my gosh, I'm working with a star.' But she made it easy. She has a very good personality," said Lorig.

Lorig and other archers hope the movie helps increase the popularity of the sport.

Junior archers make up USA Archery's fastest growing segment. Schools, like Arizona State University and University of Arizona, field their own teams.