Lawrence added that she felt a “super responsibility” with the four hunger games films because of its young audience. She said there was a conversation about how much weight she would lose for the role, and she was worried that young girls would feel like they couldn’t dress as Katniss if they did not have a certain weight.
“And I can’t let that seep into my brain either,” Lawrence said. “When hunger games was out, I couldn’t really be an observer of life because everyone was watching me. I could feel my craft suffering. And I didn’t know how to fix it.
In response to this sentiment, Lawrence said she started accepting roles that “spoke to her”, no matter how intimidating, like her new film. Pavementin which she plays an American soldier who slowly readjusts to life after suffering a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan.
Davis said she sees herself and Lawrence as the same type of actor despite their differences in age and appearance. Beyond Lawrence’s technical acting skill, Davis said she was drawn to the life Lawrence brings to each role.
“Which is the depth of human experience, its detail, its joy, its tragedy, its paradox and its contradiction in every moment. And that’s what you’re supposed to do as an actress,” Davis said. “And I think that’s why people are moved by your performances.”
“I don’t feel worthy to be in the same room as you, but please continue,” Lawrence joked. “Your performance in Fences changed my life.”
Davis added that all actors do is help people feel less alone.
“We now live in a world where we are so disconnected from ourselves,” she said, “that we cannot connect with others.”