With the Hunger Games coming to theatres, many people are wondering who Katniss Everdeen acutally is. Her story, and how she was discovered, may surprise you.
You can’t walk anywhere without seeing Jennifer Lawrence’s face now. She’s on every billboard, every television station, and every public transportation advertisement.
She’s better known as Katniss Everdeen, star of the new movie “The Hunger Games.”
Lawrence hails from Louisville, Kentucky and was discovered at the age of 14 while on vacation with her mother in New York City.
A talent scout walked up to her in the city and asked to take a picture of her, thinking he had spotted talent.
“It wasn’t creepy, he didn’t ask to take me anywhere, he just wanted to take a picture,” Lawrence told the Daily News. “And then all these agencies started calling and then we just kind of went (to do cold readings) out of boredom.
This isn’t the first time you’ve seen her on your television screens though. She has starred in various commercials, including in MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16.” She even was nominated in 2010 for an Academy Award for her performance in “Winter’s Bone.”
“She obviously had some kind of ‘It’ factor that the scout recognized, and the fact she turned out to be an incredible actress on top of it was just luck,” said Scott Lipps of One Management said.
“I think the scouts that have been doing this for years,” said Lipps “they have that vision and they have that uncanny ability to see a girl with no makeup who’s working in a fast food restaurant and know that with the right haircut … or the right presence in front of a camera, she could potentially be a star.”
“I was 14 when I went there. I loved it and I will always love New York,” said Lawrence. “Going back there and living there as a teenager, it was just a very surreal, kind of amazing experience for a Kentucky girl.”
She stayed in New York for five years, using the subway to travel to her different modeling and acting jobs. She must be using a more sophisticated mode of transportation with her career ready to take off.