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Jennifer Lawrence Identifies With 'Hunger Games' Heroine, 'Always Knew' She'd Be Famous

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The actress, who covers the September issue of Vogue, also talks about her upcoming role in "American Hustle" and complains about her lack of privacy.

Jennifer Lawrence doesn't just play Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games movies, she also identifies with the heroine, whose trajectory in the novels, she argues, seems to parallel her own rise from unknown to famous award-winning actress.

“When Winter’s Bone was getting nominated. I had only done indies, and suddenly I was introduced to this brand-new world where I didn’t feel like myself," Lawrence tells Vogue. "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."

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But as much as Lawrence complains about the lack of privacy that comes with her celebrity status, she admits she always knew she would 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," she tells Vogue. "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."

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Lawrence, who graces the cover of Vogue's September issue, also talks about her work on American Hustle, which she sandwiched in between her work on the next Hunger Games film Catching Fire and the X-Men origins sequel Days of Future Past. Her Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell wrote the part of Christian Bale's character's wife, Rosalyn, for her.

"Rosalyn is 100 percent a product of David's imagination,” she says of the part. "She's a manic-depressive alcoholic, and I couldn't wait. Plus, I got to make out with Christian Bale."

She was supposed to take a vacation during that time, but she claims working on the film was more rewarding.