When Lawrence prepared to play Katniss Everdeen, the heroine at the center of “The Hunger Games,” she was asked to lose weight and she refused. SciFiNow:
“In the first movie, I thought, ‘When this ‘Hunger Games’ kind of thing is openly talked about, you have to lose 10 pounds,’ I said, ‘We have control over this image; we have control over this role.’ ‘Why would we make it something that’s unobtainable and weak?’ “This is someone that young girls – I mean all women, but mostly young girls – will look up to and want to be like, and we have control over that, so why not make her strong? I was very determined that she be beautiful and healthy and fit, because of what our industry has done to our society.” “I don’t think he’s taking enough responsibility for having these unrealistic expectations, and I don’t want any part of that. Him.”
Considering that “The Hunger Games” is a bestselling young adult novel turned into a movie for mainstream (and primarily teenage) audiences, Lawrence is definitely making money. It is even more important for children and young people to have healthy role models to look up to, especially when you know that they are a role model to look up to for years to come.