‘Catching Fire’ Drama: Liam Hemsworth Says He’s Happier Single With Jennifer Lawrence Than Dating Miley Cyrus

Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence
Actor Jennifer Lawrence (R) and Liam Hemsworth at the "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" screening at the Rome Film Festival Nov. 14th.

Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t only win Oscars and star in blockbuster films, it appears she also cures broken hearts.

In a new interview with the Associated Press Thursday, actor Liam Hemsworth revealed that his “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” co-star has been more of a friend than a co-worker following his recent split with fiance, Miley Cyrus. “These days I feel like I'm more centered and grounded than I've ever been,” the 23-year-old actor told the AP via People.

While the Australian native’s relationship with Lawrence is reportedly only platonic, Hemsworth credits his successful post-breakup recovery to the “Catching Fire” heroine. "For a few years I went down a path where I forgot to be in the moment and enjoy the moment," he said. "But being around someone like Jen, who is so honest and laughs all day long, I am forced to be in the right now. I'm much happier.”

The on-screen lovers, Hemsworth, who stars as Gale Hathworne, a studly coal miner, and Lawrence, 23, as Hunger Games victor Katniss Everdeen in the films, were last spotted “getting close” on the set of the franchise’s latest installment, in October. According to a report from JustJared, the actors were seen cuddling while filming a scene for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” just weeks after Hemsworth’s public breakup from “We Can’t Stop” singer, Miley Cyrus.

Despite the co-stars' physical and verbal displays of affection, Lawrence is reportedly already spoken for. The “Silver Linings Playbook” Oscar-winner last dished about her relationship with her “X-Men” co-star, actor Nicholas Hoult, earlier this year. Following a brief split in February, Lawrence alluded to the fact that she was back with Hoult, 23, while discussing their shared household chores in an August interview with Vogue, saying, “See? These are the kinds of things that make me think we are never going to work.”

The couple (rumored to be engaged) were last spotted together Nov. 11, attending “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” premiere in London.

Lawrence and Hemsworth’s on-screen love story can be seen in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” in theaters now.

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