Murray Close/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) — Jennifer Lawrence received high praise from one of her Hunger Games co-stars Wednesday night at the New York City premiere of the final film in the series, Mockingjay — Part 2.
Donald Sutherland, who plays President Snow, the antagonist to Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, called her a “genius” on the red carpet.
“It’s really simple. She’s a delivery system for truth,” Sutherland said.
Here’s how J-Law reacted: “He’s one of the most brilliant people I’ve ever met in my life, so the fact the he evens likes me, I don’t know, what can you say about that?”
Lawrence also offered her thoughts on how her relationship with her character has changed over the years.
“I really grew into Katniss’s intellect because at the beginning, when I was younger, I was so frustrated with her reluctance,” she said. “I was like, I want her to be this hero, I want her to take this leadership, and it wasn’t until I got older that I was like, no, that is a true warrior and a true hero who knows the consequences of war and knows the consequences of taking action and knows the sacrifices that come with change.”
Before she attended the premiere, Lawrence appeared on The Tonight Show, where she revealed two of her most embarrassing moments.
The first involved meeting a woman at a party for her film Silver Linings Playbook whom she mistook for Elizabeth Taylor — unaware the actress had passed away years earlier. “She was complimenting me and I was like, ‘Me?…No, I mean You,'” she recalls. I was like, ‘you’re unbelievable. And then my friend walks by and I grabbed her and I was like, ‘This is Elizabeth Taylor!” and she was like, ‘no it’s not.'”
Lawrence told Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon that she once spotted The Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola with a group of people and worked up the nerve to walk over and introduce herself. “He’s with a giant group of people…and I noticed I was barefoot and I was like, ‘They probably won’t notice,’ she said. “But I introduced myself and I was like, ‘I’m such a huge fan,’ and I introduced myself to the whole table,” but when she turned to leave, she recalled she unexpectedly showed more than her soles: “My entire dress was unzipped and my thong was out.”
Later, she joined Fallon for a segment called “Come Dance with Us,” in which they showed clips of an instructional dance video starring two dancers that looked just like them.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 opens in theaters Friday.
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