EW talks to the actress about her new film, ''Silver Linings Playbook''

By Karen Valby
August 10, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

How much time off did you have between shooting The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook?
About two weeks, which was nuts. But I wasn’t running up and down mountains on this, so it actually did feel like kind of a vacation. Like, wait, I just have to talk to this person? I don’t have to shoot them with a bow and arrow?

What was the appeal of Silver Linings?
I’m the biggest David O. Russell fan. One time I watched I [heart] Huckabees back-to-back, over and over again. It’s one of those movies that you either hate it or you love it. I tried to get my parents to watch it and they were like, ”What in the hell is this?”

Had you ever met any of your costars before?
I met Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver, and Bradley Cooper all at the same time, which was nerve-racking. Whenever I meet famous people I admire, I always end up doing something really embarrassing. Like when I met Francis Ford Coppola and spilled his wine, and then turned around and the entire back of my dress was unzipped. So, anyways, I meet Bradley and we shake hands and everything’s great. Then I go straight to Jacki Weaver and am like, ”Oh my God, I love Animal Kingdom, I love you!” Then I stared at Robert for a second, turned around, and completely ignored him.

You’re on a well-earned vacation now in Namibia. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done today?
Today I put the laundry in and I cleaned the shower tiles. Is that weird?

You’re not really selling this as a travel destination.
I’m just happy to actually have some privacy and not wash my hair for a week straight and not change my pants for five days. This is my last few weeks of no cell service, and then I’m back to Hunger Games.

Do you feel ready to dig deep into Catching Fire?
I feel like we’re going back for our sophomore year. And [director] Francis Lawrence is absolutely brilliant and I love what he’s done with the script, so I’m happy to work with him.

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