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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jennifer Lawrence is an international star and Academy Award winner, but still just a Louisville girl at heart. Days before the new Hunger Games movie Catching Fire opens in the United States, she talks about what life has been like since the first film catapulted her to fame.
She's still a die-hard Louisville Cardinals fan, and has a friendly rivalry with her co-star and fellow Kentucky native Josh Hutcherson. The life-long Kentucky Wildcats fan plays Peeta Melark to her Katniss Everdeen. Hutcherson says he may try to come home for the showdown between the teams around the holidays.
For the two actors, life is pretty much imitating art.
In Catching Fire, Katniss and Peeta are instantly famous after winning the first Hunger Games, with crowds clamoring to see them at every stop as they travel the districts on a Victors Tour of the fictional Panem. Life changed in an instant, and not just for their characters.
The new normal for Lawrence means bodyguards, stylists, red carpets, and paparazzi.
"It's hard to keep a personal life sometimes when you just want to go out to dinner and you have to think about everything," Lawrence says. "And yeah, it can be hard sometimes. But there's a downside to every job."
Her co-star, Josh Hutcherson, agrees.
"All the glamorous things aren't really true. They put us on the red carpet and dress us in these clothes so things that people think are glamorous aren't actually real."
When asked, "What do you mean?" Lawrence laughs. "We're really putting on makeup and they're real dresses. But it's not glamorous, to us it's work."
Lawrence says two things are bringing her back home to Louisville more than ever.
"I used to only come home for the holidays and then between stuff when I could but now I had a nephew born a few years ago, and now I can't stay away from him, so I get home like every other month. And we have a new baby who just got born –- was just born (laughs) and so I'll be coming home when I finish here."
When she's able to get away, Lawrence says she most enjoys playing with the babies and spending time with her family. When asked if she has ever thought about moving back to Louisville and buying a home here, Lawrence says, "I have thought about it and yeah, I do think about that. I haven't bought a house yet but I will -- I just don't think I'm mature enough to have property yet but hopefully once we wrap these I will be mature."
Catching Fire is only the second of four movies in the franchise. It gives fans a closer look at the Districts, the Capitol, and takes Katniss and Peeta back into the arena for another fight to the death.
It's an understatement to say life has been a whirlwind for Lawrence since she signed on to the Hunger Games. She was honored for her work in another film, Silver Linings Playbook, with multiple awards, including an Oscar. But it's hard for her to pick a highlight so far. "I don't know. Normally those things, you only think about as kind of a work situation. Normally I get happier about personal life stuff. I don't know what I'm most proud of."