Could you imagine Jennifer Lawrence as Bella Swan instead of Katniss Everdeen? We almost had a world where Lawrence swapped one young adult adaptation for another.
While appearing in an interview on The Rewatchables podcast, Lawrence looks back at her time auditioning for Twilight before she headed down the Hunger Games path, stating: “I auditioned for Twilight. They turned me down immediately. I didn’t even get a callback. But my life would’ve been totally different. I got Hunger Games; I think, like, a year later. It was probably after Winter’s Bone.”
Lawrence does note she dealt with some of what Twilight had to deal with, but not to the extent of that cast. She recalls, “I was still in a franchise, so I was still trying to counteract the franchise-ness. I’d still be doing that if I was in Twilight. But I almost didn’t do Hunger Games because Twilight had come out, and that fandom had happened.”
She continues, “When I was trying to talk to people about making this decision after [Hunger Games] got offered to me, it was hard to explain to people… this level of fame. I assumed it was going to be the Twilight level of fame, and that was never something I had in mind. I never wanted to be the most famous person on the planet. That’s a very different life than I pictured for me.”
You can now see Jennifer Lawrence in a non-franchise project with her comedy No Hard Feelings, currently playing in cinemas.
Maddie (Jennifer Lawrence) thinks she’s found the answer to her financial troubles when she discovers an intriguing job listing: wealthy helicopter parents looking for someone to “date” their introverted 19-year-old son, Percy, and bring him out of his shell before he leaves for college. But awkward Percy proves to be more of a challenge than she expected, and time is running out. She has one summer to make him a man or lose it all.
No Hard Feelings stars Jennifer Lawrence, Andrew Feldman, Laura Benanti, Natalie Morales, and Matthew Broderick.