Vogue has spoken, and Jennifer Lawrence is officially the it girl of the year, once again. Katnis has gained her fashionable wings as the cover girl of the ever-famous Vogue September issue, complete with a full country-themed spread featuring man’s best friend.
The Mario Testino lens spread features The Hunger Games franchise’s star showing off her new Karlie Kloss inspired bob haircut, while modeling mixed textures and prints from the fall collections of Vogue-worthy designers ranging from Dolce & Gabbana to Gaspar and Hunter.
In the corresponding article, Jennifer opens up about the stresses of being a 23-year-old in the blinding spotlight, as she teeters on the edge of being one of the biggest female celebrities of the moment. Check out some photos from the spread and excerpts from the corresponding interview below.
On how she relates to Hunger Games character Katnis Everdeen in her real life:
When Winter’s Bone was getting nominated,” says Lawrence, “I had only done indies, and suddenly I was introduced to this brand-new world where I didn’t feel like myself. I was in these weird gowns and listening to people talk about things I didn’t understand. And I remember reading that in the book and being like, Oh, my God, I know exactly what this feels like. I don’t know what it’s like to get ready for your death, but I do know what it’s like to be almost a puppet. And then when I was making the second film, I had become more acquainted with that world, and I think that’s something that Katniss experiences. She is different when she comes back. She does feel more comfortable in the Capitol; she understands the people more, and it’s not as eerie and scary and unfamiliar. She kind of knows how to work the system.”
On dealing with the loss of privacy that comes with fame:
“I teeter on seeming ungrateful when I talk about this, but I’m kind of going through a meltdown about it lately. All of a sudden the entire world feels entitled to know everything about me, including what I’m doing on my weekends when I’m spending time with my nephew. And I don’t have the right to say, ‘I’m with my family.”
On dealing with the paparazzi:
“If I were just your average 23-year-old girl, and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action. But because I am a famous person, well, sorry, ma’am, there’s nothing we can do. It makes no sense […] I am just not OK with it. It’s as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven’t been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I’m not going to find peace with it.”
On overcoming her social anxiety with therapy and medication as a child:
“I was a weirdo. I wasn’t picked on or anything. And I wasn’t smarter than the other kids; that’s not why I didn’t fit in. I’ve always just had this weird anxiety. I hated recess. I didn’t like field trips. Parties really stressed me out. And,” she adds, “I had a very different sense of humor.”
On her desire to be famous:
“I’ve never said this before because there is no way to say it without it being completely misunderstood, but ever since I was really little, I always had a very normal idea of what I wanted: I was going to be a mom and I was going to be a doctor and I was going to live in Kentucky. But I always knew that I was going to be famous. I honest to God don’t know how else to describe it. I used to lie in bed and wonder, Am I going to be a local TV person? Am I going to a motivational speaker? It wasn’t a vision. But as it’s kind of happening, you have this buried understanding: Of course.”
Be sure to pick up the September issue of Vogue to check out the full interview and spread.