The finale to “The Hunger Games” franchise this month will mark the end of an emotional journey for fans of the young adult book adaptations. It turns out that the series’ ending was a life-changing experience as well for principal actress Jennifer Lawrence, thanks to some personal strife going on at the time.
Speaking to ABC News, the 25-year-old actress opened up about wrapping on “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” and the personal effect it had on her. At the time, the star was juggling the ending of her breakout role as well as her five-year relationship with her “X-Men” co-star Nicholas Hoult.
“These movies had been my life for so long, and they had to come first in everything,” she told Diane Sawyer in an interview (posted below). “I was also in a relationship with somebody for five years and we broke up around the same time that I wrapped those movies. Being 24 was this whole year of ‘who am I without these movies?’ and ‘who am I without this man?’”
Lawrence went on to discuss how the experience made her question herself, what she wants in a relationship and her life moving forward. It seems that, although the breakup was difficult, it took the ending of her popular franchise to put things in perspective and help her digest some of the intense feelings she had. Since that time, she’s captured headlines for an essay she wrote on why women tend to get paid less in Hollywood, and will take on a more adult role in the coming movie “Joy.”
According to Us Weekly, Lawrence and Hoult began their relationship when they met on the set of the 2011 film “X-Men: First Class.” The pair reunited again in 2014’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and will do so again, this time separated, in the trilogy’s conclusion “X-Men: Apocalypse.” In fact, the outlet notes that the former couple posed together looking all smiles for an Instagram photo with director Bryan Singer.
Meanwhile, Lawrence’s final appearance as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” will drop in theaters on Nov. 20. Fans will no doubt be turning out to the theater in droves to see how this popular saga finally ends.