*Video footage courtesy of Lionsgate
We can’t believe that The Hunger Games movie franchise is almost over! For the last four years, Katniss and her crew have been around to unite, strengthen and inspire us. At the press conference for Mockingjay Part 2, we learned all about the cast, the movie and the legacy they hope to leave. Here are our top seven takeaways:
1. Katniss Everdeen will always be a part of Jennifer Lawrence.
When you finally wrapped, ending the character—did you feel it was an accomplishment, that you’d done all you could with her, or was it bittersweet, that you were giving up Katniss?
Jennifer Lawrence: I don’t know, I think the feeling of accomplishment will probably happen more when the film finally comes out; we’re not really done working on it in some ways. We still have to represent it. I think it will be pretty bizarre when the movie is finally out and we finish this press tour and everything is really done. I think it’s going to be a pretty weird feeling just on a personal level, because this movie has been my life for so many years.
2. The cast and crew were 100% dedicated to getting the shot—even if it meant crouching in a sewer while completely soaked for three weeks!
In the sewer sequence, how many days were you wet and was your costume at all waterproof? What was it like shooting the action scene in such a claustrophobic environment?
Director Francis Lawrence: It was absolutely the most miserable three weeks.
Jen: I’m so happy you said that.
Liam Hemsworth: It was only three weeks?
3. Jen is not retiring any time soon!
Jennifer, in the future, are you thinking at all about moving to your hometown for a peaceful, ordinary lifestyle?
Jen: We’ve all had to find a balance in feeling ordinary in our lives that are bizarre, and finding a home in a place where we weren’t born. I don’t really feel like escaping anything. When I finish a movie I still like to stay in New York or LA… as of now, I love being busy, reading and writing and keeping myself busy.
4. Becoming famous takes time to get used to, even for pros like Jen.
What have been the best parts of the last five years?
Jen: I really love acting… I really do. I really just think of myself as a working woman. I go from set to set and work, and then you promote a movie and you work. The five years of ups and downs… there were a few years of getting used to it. Your entire world changes; I have a new normal now. I feel very stable and normal and happy, but it took a few years to get used to.
5. Josh and Liam have truly been there for Jennifer over the years.
Looking back, how do you three think you have changed or grown professionally and personally over these past several years?
Jen: It’s hard to say; it’s probably still too soon to look back and reflect. I hope I’ve grown up. I mean it’s much easier to be mature on set without Josh and Liam. We’ve all helped each other get a handle on everything. I guess going off and doing movies without them is like taking the training wheels off.
Josh Hutcherson: For me it’s always a hard question… I feel like I’m constantly learning things just in life, in experience, with working with various actors and directors and everything. I kind of just grow as a person.
Liam: I think getting used to your world constantly changing, going from one extreme to the other over the past six years. It gets easier; over the years you sort of let it go and not be so attached to having a routine or feeling safe at all.
Jen: You have to let go of that!
6. Katniss Everdeen is one of the greatest and most iconic female characters of all time. (Ok, we already knew that.)
Jennifer, do you feel the impact of your character [inspiring women and strong female characters in films]?
Jen: I feel the impact of being part of such a huge movie that does so much for so many people. It would be impossible not to. [Katniss]’s character is so overwhelmingly supportive of women and is iconic. [Katniss Everdeen] is remarkable, and in my opinion she is the greatest female character ever.
7. The cast & crew want fans to stay strong & stand up for what they believe in.
What do you hope young people will take away from the film?
Josh: For me, the message that has resonated is about standing up for what you believe in and how one person has the ability to affect something. I think those are strong messages that I hope fans take away. And I think they have; that’s why they’ve connected with it in a way, because it empowered them. And the consequence of war, obviously. I think Katniss as a character wants nothing more than to not have war. But, unfortunately, she kind of realized that’s where it’s headed and that’s what has to be done in order to have a revolution.