Jennifer Lawrence is opening up about how fame has changed her since she took on the role of Katniss Everdeen in the wildly popular film franchise
, The Hunger Games.
In her interview with The New York Times
, Lawrence shares how she's "personally changed" since the first Hunger Games
films came out in 2012.
"I don’t feel like I’m being dragged by anything anymore. I feel more in control. I’m calmer," the 25-year-old Oscar winner
said. "I know that there’s no point to feeling anxious all day, so I try not to. I’m still scared, but it’s about different things."
"I’m so scared to say anything now. I can see every negative way that people can take it, and I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining," Lawrence explained. "It probably comes from Googling myself. If it were up to me, I would not talk. I would just act."
Defending her Googling ways, she added, "You try being 22, having a period and staying away from Google. I once Googled ‘Jennifer Lawrence Ugly.’ [Laughs] Do I sound b**chy?"
When asked how she deals with the anxiety that comes from fame, Lawrence said with a giggle, "I have a prescription."
"I find a certain peace by thinking of me in public as sort of an avatar self. You out there can have the avatar me. I can keep me," she continued. "And I just try to acknowledge that this scrutiny is stressful, and that anyone would find it stressful. So I’ve got to try to let it go, and try to be myself, and focus on important things, like picking up dog poop."
Lawrence also has lots of friends in her corner. She broke the news to the Times
that she's writing a comedy
with pal Amy Schumer
, and also shared that she's still quite close with her Hunger Games
co-stars even after filming ended for Mockingjay - Part 2
"On the last day it was so emotional, and we kind of couldn’t let go of each other. We were kind of freaked out that something was ending," Lawrence recalled. "And then, a week later, we were hanging out at Liam [Hemsworth]'s house. We were like, 'Oh, OK, so now we can just be friends.'"
"I have an amazing life," she said. "I love my life. I love my friends."
ET caught up with Lawrence and her co-stars at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego, and witnessed firsthand the shenanigans that go
on within The Hunger Games