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Jen didn't want fame for one role

Jennifer Lawrence has admitted she once feared she would only be known for her Hunger Games role.

The Oscar-winning actress found fame as reluctant hero Katniss Everdeen in the big screen adaptations of Suzanne Collins' novels, but said although she knew it would do well she had no idea how massive the franchise would become.

She explained: "We had a feeling that these [films] were going to be big and this character was going to be with me for the rest of my life, [but] this surpassed every expectation we ever had.

"That made me nervous for a few days, because I'm an actor, I don't want to just be remembered as one character."

However, Jen went on: "But I'm so proud of these movies. I love their message, I love this character, I'm actually honoured to carry this for the rest of my life and to have people remember me as this incredible courageous hero."

"I hope people mistake it for me," she laughed.

In the latest instalment, Mockingjay - Part 1, Katniss faces another struggle to survive.

The actress, 24, said she is a "very different person, who handles emotions in a very different way" to her famous alter-ego, and had she been faced with Katniss' struggles: "I would have been crying every single day.

"But I remember reading the first books, and when I read them, I was going through my first awards season for Winter's Bone [the 2010 drama which earned Jennifer an Oscar nomination].

"I had never experienced anything like that; being put in dresses that are uncomfortable, and looking not like myself, and all of a sudden everybody's listening to you and you're like, 'Don't listen to me, I'm 20', and then kind of growing into it, in a way."

:: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, is in cinemas now.

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