March 21, 2012 at 01:30 PM EDT

We met up with Jennifer Lawrence at The Hunger Games junket to talk about how she became Katniss Everdeen and her experience with the books before signing on to the movie. Check out our interview below to learn more about how the young actress prepared for the most important role of her career.

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