Josh Hutcherson considers himself a lucky man to be able to kiss his “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” co-star Jennifer Lawrence and call it work, but according to the actor, kissing the Oscar-winner can feel incestual.
In a recent interview with MTV UK, the 21-year-old actor, who portrays Lawrence’s on-screen lover Peeta Mellark to her Katniss Everdeen in the film saga, said kissing his co-star can be uncomfortable. “For me, she's like a best friend and a sister,” said Hutcherson when discussing the 23-year-old actress, calling their on-screen make-out sessions “a little bit incestuous.”
While kissing Lawrence can be awkward for the Kentucky-native, Hutcherson said isn't unaware of his co-star's worldwide appeal. (Lawrence recently won AskMen.com’s “Most Desirable” woman 2013 poll.) “She's definitely many a man's desire,” said the actor, who confessed their on-screen love scenes have also affected his own dating life. “She's a great kisser – so, yup, the bar is high!" said Hutcherson.
Hutcherson’s most recent comments marks the fourth time the actor has publicly talked about his relationship with Lawrence in recent months. The action star, who is currently dating his “Paradise Lost” co-star Claudia Traisac, last discussed filming his “Hunger Games” kissing scenes with Us Weekly in October, calling the film saga's second installment’s romantic scenes “really hot.” Despite Hutcherson claiming his relationship with Lawrence is nothing more than a friendship, he previously revealed in an interview with “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” in June that filming the steamy scenes with his co-star gives him a “natural stirring."
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Lawrence and Hutcherson’s frequently discussed love scenes can be seen in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” in theaters Nov. 22nd.