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jennifer lawrence opens up about ‘the hunger games’ in our interview

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plus, her amazing relationship with liam

It’s been a long, strange ride for Jennifer Lawrence since joining The Hunger Games franchise. After all, when she signed on to the adaptation, she was an ingénue with little more on her resume than her Oscar nomination for the 2011 noir Winter’s Bone. Since then, she’s won an Academy Award for Silver Linings Playbook and was nominated again last year for American Hustle.

It's almost the end of Jennifer Lawrence's role as The Hunger Games' head rebel, Katniss Everdeen. And although filming has wrapped for the series, fans are still waiting to see the action play out in the penultimate film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. 

On Jimmy Fallon, Liam said you chewed garlic and onions before the kissing scenes... 

I wouldn’t say that—I just wouldn’t think so much about the kissing. I would just kind of eat whatever I wanted; I think the onions that you were referring to was that I just had a sandwich with mustard and raw red onion.

How are you like your character? 

I always get nervous making comparisons because Katniss is the leader of a rebellion that changes the world and I’m not. [I'm] just chilling.

What is something you learned about yourself that surprised you?

[Referencing Liam Hemsworth] I guess the thing that surprised me is that I would never expect to ever have a man this good-looking ever be my best friend. I just would never assume those things could happen, but he is. He’s the most wonderful, lovable, family-oriented, sweet, hilarious, amazing guy.

He actually taught me how to be fair and to stand up for myself. It’s my biggest weakness: negotiating. I’m a wimp about standing up for myself and Liam is always fair. He’s always on time, he’s always doing his job, and he’s good about making sure that things stay fair. He’s teaching me to toughen up a little bit. That was important, I need that.

A lot of people look up to you, what’s that pressure like? 

I have an amazing group of people around me. I surround myself with “no” people. They will tell me, 'Stop doing that' or 'You look terrible'—honest, real people. My publicists I’ve had since I was 16 years old, they watched me grow up and they know me and they do love me; my agent, I’ve had since I was 17. I have an amazing group of friends that are not in the business that I’ve been friends with for years before any of this happened that I trust. Something strange does happen that you don’t expect. A very tiny thing that makes a big emotional difference is just the way people look at you. Because I don’t feel any different and so sometimes when you go out and you see the way that people look at you, it makes you feel alienated and kind of odd. So I try to surround myself with people that never look at me that way, never fake laugh at my jokes. 

For the last day of filming were you thinking that it would be really emotional?

It’s complicated because it was such a long shoot. It’s hard and exhausting, so there was a part of wanting to wrap so we could give our bodies a break but realizing that it was over that we weren’t coming back. It was complicated, a mix of feelings. It was relief on one end because we were exhausted, but just so sad. We’re still best friends with each other, and we talk to each other all the time—way too much—but it’s different.

If all I had was this friendship with Josh and Liam—if that’s all I ever got from this—I would consider it a blessing. Our lives changed together and we had each other.

Photo courtesy of Balenciaga / Photo via @McDonaldsSverige Instagram

I'm cackling

Last year, Balenciaga released bright red square-toed mules which bore a striking resemblance to McDonald's french fry cartons. Now, the chain has fired back at the designer, threatening to release its own version of the shoes.

McDonald's Sweden posted a photo to its Instagram of a person wearing actual McDonald's fry cartons as shoes, and honestly, if there weren't yellow M's printed onto them, I'd have a hard time distinguishing them from the Balenciagas from a distance. Though the post doesn't directly reference the Balenciaga shoes, one can only assume that's who they are trolling.

McDonald's version actually makes for some pretty fly slip-ons, if you ask me. Good thing the Swedish branch of Mickey D's seems to be considering releasing the shoes if the post receives enough attention. The caption of the Instagram post translates to, "If we get 103042 likes we release these for real," though it only has about 17,000 as of publish time. These would likely cost much less than the Balenciaga shoes, which cost $545.

Internet, do your thing. I want a pair.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.

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