'The Hunger Games': Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss Everdeen (PHOTO)

PHOTO: Jennifer Lawrence As 'Hunger Games' Katniss

There are few movie roles that offer instantly as massive a fan base as do the lead heroines in big screen adaptations of Young Adult novels. To wit: Emma Watson, "Harry Potter's" Hermoine, is an icon of screen and style, while Kristen Stewart, the embodiment of Bella in "The Twilight Saga," has her every moody move tracked by jealous fans as she makes her way through new big screen epics and dating co-star Robert Pattinson.

Having won the next massive book-to-film role, Katniss Everdeen in Suzanne Collins' "The Hunger Games," Jennifer Lawrence knows what's in store for her. Being ready is another thing.

In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence discussed her sudden rise to fame -- on the back of an entirely different type of film, the indie "Winter's Bone," for which she earned an Oscar nomination -- and her mental preparation to play such a highly sought role (she won the part over fellow Oscar nominee Hailee Steinfeld).

"I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change," she told the magazine. "And I walked around an entire day thinking 'It's not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven't said yes yet, it's not too late.'"

But in the end, she preserved, showing the strength to match her character's. "I love this story," she said, "and if I had said no, I would regret it every day."

Lawrence will be joined in the movie by a star studded cast, including Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as her close friends Peeta and Gale in the semi-apocalyptic youth fighting tournament from which the film derives its name, as well as Elizabeth Banks as her guide Effie Trinket, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman and Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy.


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CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this article, the name of the character Elizabeth Banks plays in "The Hunger Games" was mislabeled. She will play the role of Effie Trinket.

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