The 32-year-old actress became a household name after taking on the role of Katniss Everdeen in the movie series and she admitted the time after the first film came out in 2012 made her feel like “such a commodity” because there were so many people involved in making decisions about her professional life.
But now, the ‘Don’t Look Up’ star feels she has clawed her identity back again. She said: “It feels personal for me the first time in a long time.” Jennifer can next be seen in ‘Causeway’, a drama following a soldier struggling to adjust to being home after leaving combat with a brain injury, and she has also produced the film under her banner Excellent Cadaver, and she explained the significance of her firm’s name.
Speaking as part of the London Film Festival’s ‘Screen Talk’ series, she said: “I think I lost a sense of control. Between ‘The Hunger Games’ coming out and winning the Oscar [for 2012’s ‘Silver Lining Playbook’], I became such a commodity that I felt like every decision was a big, big group decision. When I reflect now, I can’t think of those following years, [because there was] just a loss of control.”
She said: “He’s a warm, sweet person. Obviously, it’s very intimidating (working with De Niro), but as soon as you meet him, he says ‘Call me Bob.’” Although it is almost a decade since Jennifer won the Best Actress Oscar for her work on that movie, she admitted the achievement still hasn’t sunk in. She said: “I keep thinking ‘when will it hit me. I don’t think it ever will.”
She said: “It’s a Sicilian mafia term for a hit on a major celebrity. It just made sense. I think there was a part of me that wanted to execute that part of me.” Elsewhere at the event, the ‘Joy’ star heaped praise on Robert De Niro for the way the screen legend calmed her nerves when they worked together on ‘Silver Linings Playbook’.