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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire heroine Jennifer Lawrence discusses unhappy childhood


15 August 2013

She returns to cinemas with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Oscar winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has discussed her "unhappy" childhood.

Speaking to Vogue, the sought after actress revealed that she suffered from anxiety issues in her childhood and early teenage years, and that discovering acting helped her to overcome them explaining "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 I had a very different sense of humour.

I know it sounds so stupid, but it was kind of like I finally found something people were telling me I was good at, which I had never heard, ever, and that was a big reason why my parents let me do this.

One time, my mum was on the phone with my dad, saying, 'We're paying for therapy and all this medication, and we don't need it when she's here. She's happy'."

The aforementioned The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in cinemas on November 21 and also stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Stanley Tucci, Jena Malone, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Amanda Plummer, Jeffrey Wright and Willow Shields.

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