Published On: Thu, May 26th, 2011

Jennifer Lawrence talks Mystique, hating school, scars from ‘X-Men,’ and the cast

Jennifer Lawrence is promoting the upcoming “X-Men” film and the star of “Winter’s Bones” spoke this week about her role as Mystique, the blue-skinned, shape shifting mutant.

The fifth film in the X-Men franchise, “X-Men: First Class” is a prequel to the “X-Men” trilogy and the spin-off movie Wolverine. “First Class” is directed by Matthew Vaughn, chronicling the beginning of the saga: mutant powers are being discovered, the conflict between Professor Xavier’s X-Men and Magneto’s evil Brotherhood has yet to begin.

Jennifer Lawrence had to endure seven to eight hours a day with seven makeup artists working to transform her into Mystique.

“I just got tired thinking about it,” Lawrence says. “It was a long process.”

X-Men First_Class_Mystique jennifer lawrence photoLawrence has showed interviewers the scars as she survived blistering on her skin on the first day.

The young actress  discussed a difficult upbringing and her disdain for school until she found her calling as an actress.

“She (Mom) was on my butt all through regular school, but as soon as I started acting, I knew I couldn’t do it unless I graduated with a 3.9 [equivalent to a grade A]. That was my incentive and I locked myself in my room and just got through it. It was actually the first time my mum didn’t have to be on my ass.”

Lawrence, like many of her co-stars, weren’t familiar with the X-Men universe: “I am ashamed to say I auditioned three times before I even watched any of the movies, and then after I watched the movies, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve been doing it all wrong, why are they calling me back?’ I was doing her all sweet and naive. I saw Rebecca Romijn [who played Raven/Mystique in the X-Men trilogy] and she’s sultry and mean. I know this is an origin story, but I was definitely doing it all wrong.”

The young actress praises her co-stars James McAvoy (Professor X) and Michael Fassbender: “Getting to know them was the best experience of my life. They are just the nicest, funniest, down-to-earth guys.” Lawrence continues: “It was mostly just fun. I don’t remember us working, I just remember us cracking up on set.”

How does Lawrence approach playing a character who wears little to no clothes: “I knew that if I was going to be naked in front of the world, I wanted to look like a woman and not a prepubescent 13-year-old boy. I’m so sick of people thinking that’s what we’re supposed to look like,” she confesses to Elle magazine.

“X-Men: First Class” arrives in theaters on June 3, 2011.

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