Jennifer Lawrence Explains How ‘The Hunger Games’ Is Like ‘Twilight’

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March 7, 2012
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The highly-anticipated film "The Hunger Games" is shaping up to be a lot like "Twilight," another movie franchise you may have heard of. Besides the obvious — that it's based on a popular series of books and has tons of die-hard fans excited before they've even seen it — Jennifer Lawrence, 21, who plays the story's heroine Katniss, reveals to Seventeen that the two have even more in common. Here's a rundown:

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On-screen, two hot leading men battle for the love of the same woman.
In "Twilight," you've got Team Edward vs. Team Jacob fighting for Bella's heart, and in "The Hunger Games" we have Team Peeta ("The Kids Are All Right's" Josh Hutcherson, 19) and Team Gale ("The Last Song's" Liam Hemsworth, 22), who both love Katniss. While "The Hunger Games" fans have already chosen their favorites, Lawrence, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in "Winter's Bone," admits that she just can't decide. "I think I was Gale until he started getting a little too trigger-happy ... or maybe first Peeta and then Gale or Gale, then Peeta?" she says. "I went back and forth. I flip-flopped."

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Behind the scenes, the cast gets along well. Really well.
Just like the "Twilight" trio of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, Lawrence gets along famously with her two leading men, calling them "great friends," so we should expect them to attend premieres and awards shows together. As Jennifer gushes, "They are hilarious and sweet. They are like my brothers. As soon as we all got together, we reverted back to being 13-year-olds. Josh and I were neighbors and every time I would come in late I would go bang on the door and wake him up and we'd all hang out."

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Of course, RPattz and KStew eventually became more than friends. Since Liam's in a relationship with Miley Cyrus, do you think Jennifer and Josh will date?

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The leading lady is somewhat rebellious and prefers to live out of the spotlight.
Lawrence isn't nearly as awkward as Stewart on the red carpet, but she reveals that one of her most beloved pastimes is much less glam than a Hollywood event. "When I'm not working, I love to just hang out with my friends and watch 'Real Housewives,'" Lawrence shares. "My favorite cast used to be New Jersey, but now I'm really into Beverly Hills."

And when Lawrence is out on the scene, don't expect her to look scary skinny like some other actresses. "I'm just so sick of these young girls with diets," she tells the teen mag. "I remember when I was 13 and it was cool to pretend to have an eating disorder because there were rumors that Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie were anorexic. I thought it was crazy. I went home and told my mom, 'Nobody's eating bread — I just had to finish everyone's burgers.' I think it's really important for girls to have people to look up to and to feel good about themselves."

Somehow, I think "The Hunger Games" will be a hit!

Read Jennifer's full interview in the April issue of Seventeen, on newsstands March 13.

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