The start of American Hustle and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, who is featured in W’s 2014 Best Performances portfolio, opens up to W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg in her latest Screen Test.
Released on 1/7/2014
My first audition that I went on was
for a video for vet,
like people going through veterinarian?
My horse had just died.
My horse in the audition died.
My real horse didn't die.
But yeah, it went super well,
they never called me,
and I haven't forgotten.
My audition outfit, oh god.
It was these green knit boots
and a multi-colored scarf,
and like a denim mini-skirt.
Did I change the top out?
I don't remember the shirt.
I just remember the green knit boots
and like a Kentucky mini-skirt, denim skirt.
Would I dress like a hooker?
I had a very limited closet.
Every once in a while,
but the green boots were probably always involved.
No, I'm laughing because it's called Poker House.
[Interviewer] Poker House, excuse me.
It made me feel like Lady Gaga,
which is not a bad feeling at all.
I was 15 when I got that,
I was 16 when we filmed it.
That was my first real movie, my first lead.
My agent would send scripts
and then, you know, sometimes my parents would read them
but they weren't really paying attention.
But I knew if they read this one,
that they wouldn't let me do it.
I really loved it.
There was a rape scene in it
that I didn't think they'd be too crazy about
but it was too late.
She didn't want to see it,
but I guess something legally,
you have to watch your daughter get imaginarily raped.
I mean, I think it's kind of traumatizing
for like the first take,
and then after take five, six, seven
you're like, Okay, god.
What movie makes me cry?
Terms of Endearment. Obviously.
The moment when she dies, and Shirley ...
Oh, and she said, I thought I'd be relieved,
I'm so stupid.
Every time I watch that movie,
I think it's going to be different.
It's like every time I watch Cool Runnings,
I'm like, They're making it to the Olympics this time,
they're going to win the gold.
I know they're never going to.
I was worried that like, even if he did say my name,
I might not understand.
I was like, Listen very carefully.
Then, I don't know, it's kind of like a really shocking,
I honest to god don't really remember it.
I remember feeling myself start to step on my dress
and knowing I was going down
and just repeating the F word in my head,
really fast as I went down.
Kick, walk. Kick, walk.
Yeah, I was sitting there,
and something was running through my head
like, cake walk, cake walk, cake walk.
I was like, Why is cake walk stuck in my head. Cake walk.
Then as I started to walk up the stairs
and I started to get the fabric tucked under my feet,
I was like, Kick, walk! Kick, walk!
You were supposed to kick the dress out
while you walked,
and I totally forgot because I was just thinking
My first R-rated movie.
The first thing I snuck into, oh god.
Probably something scary, I don't know why I always
did it to myself.
I still do it to myself.
Now, I'm like, I'm an adult.
I don't need to do this.
If I watch this show, or I watch this movie,
every time I go to pee in the middle of the night,
I'm going to sprint back to my bed
because I'm going to feel like something is chasing me
and I'm going to be scared every day.
I do it all the time. Why?
I'm not afraid of zombies.
Well, until the whole bath salts thing happened
and I remember texting somebody,
Zombies are real. Call me now.
No, I'm terrified of ghosts.
I'm more afraid of ghosts
than like an actual killer.
Again, makes so much sense.
But yeah, no, terrified of ghosts.