Seeing double: Jennifer Lawrence similar to her character in The Hunger Games

Seeing double: Jennifer Lawrence similar to her character in The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence is the real deal.

A living parable of her big-screen alter ego Katniss Everdeen.

There are so many parallels we can make between the two women.

Both are modern heroines in a world where male action heroes dominate.

Both are champions for ordinary people who are placed in extraordinary circumstances.

Both are It girls of the moment, with the release of the penultimate film of the wildly lucrative franchise based on Suzanne Collins' young adult novels The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, opening here tomorrow.

At this point, both can do no wrong - at least in our eyes.

Here's why Lawrence is a worthy real-life superhero.


While every starlet seems to come out of a Hollywood factory mould, Lawrence, 24, is a genuine article.

She is famously known to not succumb to Hollywood's image standard, once telling Harper's Bazaar UK that she's proud of her "fat" figure, and will not bow to the pressure of being skinny for skinny's sake.

We've seen how Katniss can't deliver any scripted lines even if her life depended on it, and in Mockingjay, it becomes clear how inadequate she is without Peeta's (Josh Hutcherson) assistance.

But when Katniss is thrust into the heat of the action, she delivers - fire and brimstone-style.

Ditto for Lawrence.

She never gives cookie-cutter answers at press events and isn't afraid to make fun of herself on TV interviews, and you know you'll get something original whenever she delivers a thank-you speech.


Katniss may be the people's favourite, but she isn't perfect in many ways and is often selfish and contradictory.

Lawrence is equally flawed. For instance, her words of wisdom once to fellow rising US actress Shailene Woodley was "don't make a sex tape, don't do drugs".

While Lawrence didn't make a sex tape - or at least one that hasn't surfaced yet - she did take a lot of nude photos of herself, as we learnt from the recent photo hacking scandal.

Hardly role model material for her many young fans, but it also goes to show that she makes mistakes like any other young woman and that, ironically, makes her even more relatable.

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