Birth Name: Jennifer Shrader Lawrence
Nickname: JLaw, Jen
Birth Date: August 15, 1990
Birth Place: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Katniss Everdeen is the main character and protagonist in the Hunger Games trilogy. In the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss took the place of her sister as the tribute, Primrose Everdeen when her name was picked by Effie Trinket in the reaping. Katniss became the very first volunteer of District 12. She was paired with her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark who later expressed her admiration for Katniss in the Capitol, the main city of Panem. Thus, they were called the star-crossed lovers. They were under the control of a former victor, Haymitch Abernathy, and Effie Trinket.
She became one of the 24 tributes from all 12 Districts of Panem who fought to their deaths while being watched by the entire Panem. She showcased her bow skills in the arena and used her hunting skills to survive all human and environmental threats. The Games ended with Katniss and Peeta cheered to have the final death match. But Katniss defied the Capitol on the live audience by refusing to kill Peeta and instead, convinced Peeta to eat poisonous berries called Nightlock. The Capitol saw that having two victors would generate more favorable reactions than having no victors at all. President Snow saw Katniss's defiance as a direct assault on the Capitol's supremacy and control.
Katniss stayed in the victor's village, with fellow victors Peeta and Haymitch. But just as they thought the horror is over, the Capitol had worse plans in mind. Katniss's defiance in the Games fueled the district's fire to revolt. To prevent another revolution from breaking out, President Snow thought of disposing of Katniss and those who can possibly mimic her.
A year after Katniss and Peeta became victors, President Snow declared a Quarter Quell, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games. With this, all surviving victors were required to become tributes, in a horrific fight for survival. Prior to the Games, Peeta and Katniss were engaged as instructed by Snow to create a distraction and redirect Panem's thought from a possible rebellion to the wedding of the Star-crossed lovers.
The arena was even more brutal but Katniss found an alliance among the other victors which, without Katniss knowing, are part of a secret rebellion orchestrated by the current game-maker, Plutarch Heavensbee and District 13 – who rose up against the Capitol in the first rebellion causing the commencement of the Games thereafter and was thought to be already destroyed. It turned out that many of the Victors are also part of the mission to bring Katniss out of the arena and to bring her to Underground District 13 to make her the Mockingjay, the face of the rebellion.
Katniss wakes up in District 13 and saw the other victors, Haymitch, Plutarch and her family but she failed to see Peeta and the others who were left behind when 13's hovercraft rescued Katniss from the arena. She later learned that after her escape, District 12 was bombed into ashes and survivors were taken to 13. Peeta and the others were branded as traitors with Peeta being seen on interviews with Caesar Flickerman in the Capitol.
To save them Katniss decides to accept District 13's President Alma Coin, to become the Mockingjay and help topple down President Snow given the condition that Peeta and the others will be rescued and given immunity, Prim gets to keep her cat Buttercup, and she gets to freely hunt with Gale. As Peeta comes out in interviews, he looked paler and sicker. Katniss tried to convince Coin that the visitors are saying only what is needed for survival and that if they will not be given immunity, the rebellion should look for another Mockingjay. Katniss was surprised with Coin threatening her that her insubordination and failure to fulfill obligation would mean death for her, her family and friends.
But Katniss discovered the true color of Coin and realized what her true intentions are. All long Katniss and the rebellion were made to believe that President Snow is the enemy, and called for the whole Panem to turn their weapons towards the Capitol to kill Snow. Prior to this, Katniss's sister, Primrose, died in a bomb, which Katniss was made to believe was authorized by Snow. The two confronted in the end and the truth was revealed that they were both used as puppets to a hidden agenda and that the true enemy is Coin, who intentionally caused the Capitol and the Districts to destroy each other so she can ascend to the position and replace Snow.
On the day of Snow's execution, Katniss kills Coin instead. All her secrets and corruption were revealed. Peace was restored in Panem and the Games ended but Katniss suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. In the epilog, Katniss and Peeta ended up together and had a family.
Famous Lines from the Hunger Games Trilogy
----Hunger Games (2012)----
"I volunteer! I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!"
"Take care of them, Gale. Whatever you do, don't let them starve!"
"What the hell was that? You don't talk to me and then you say you have a crush on me?"
"Thank you... for your consideration. [bows]"
"Wanna see what I got you today? It's a Mockingjay pin, to protect you. And as long as you have it, nothing bad will happen to you, okay? I promise."
"You scared me to death. Damn you."
"There's twenty-four of us, Gale, and only one comes out."
"I know. I know, but it's not. It's your first year, Prim. Your name's only been in there once. They're not going to pick you."
"I don't care what Haymitch said. Those guys are looking at you like you're a meal. Throw it."
"No matter what you FEEL, you have to BE there for her. Do you understand? Don't cry. Don't cry. Don't... Don't..."
---- Catching Fire (2013) ----
"I did know Rue. She wasn't just my ally, she was my friend. I see her in the flowers that grow in the meadow by my house. I hear her in the Mockingjay song. I see her in my sister Prim. She was too young, too gentle, and I couldn't save her. I'm sorry."
"Well, I don't like jewels and I have more money than I need, so… What did you do with all your wealth anyway?"
"I'm an open book. Everybody always seems to know my secrets before I know them myself."
"Nobody decent ever wins the games."
"It must be a fragile system if it can be brought down by just a few berries."
---- Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) ----
"My sister gets to keep her cat."
"I never wanted any of this. I never wanted to be in the Games. I just wanted to save my sister and keep Peeta alive."
"I have a message for President Snow. You can torture us and bomb us and burn our districts to the ground. But do you see that? Fire is catching, and if we burn, you burn with us!"
"You will rescue Peeta at the earliest opportunity, or you will find another Mockingjay."
"You'll never be able to guarantee my safety… I wanna go."
"Start simple. Start with that you know is true. My name is Katniss Everdeen. My home is District 12. I was in the Hunger Games. I escaped. Peeta… Peeta was left behind."
"People of Panem, we fight! We dare to end this hunger for justice."
"It's not their fault. You are them in the arena. They're doing and saying whatever they can to survive."
"The victors will be granted immunity, and you will announce that in front of the entire population of 13. You will hold yourself and your government responsible, or you will find another Mockingjay."
---- Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) ---->
"Did you have a nightmare? I have nightmares too. But one day I'll have to explain about my nightmares. Why they came. Why they won't ever really go away. I'll tell them how I survive it. I'll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I'm afraid it could be taken away. That's when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I've seen someone do. It's like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than 20 years. But there are much worse games to play."
"We all have one enemy! He corrupts everyone and everything! He turns the best of us against each other. Stop killing for him! Tonight, turn your weapons to the Capitol, turn your weapons to kill Snow."
"I am done being a piece in his game."
"Real. Because that's what you and I do, keep each other alive."
"I'm going to kills Snow. Nothing good is safe while he's alive. And I can't make another speech about it. No more cameras. No more props. No more Games. He needs to see my eyes when I kill him."
"You would have been the Mockingjay. Nobody else would tell you what to say."
Jennifer Lawrence's Movies
- Passengers (2016) - Aurora Lane
- X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) - Raven/Mystique
- Joy (2015) - Joy
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) - Katniss Everdeen
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014) - Katniss Everdeen
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - Raven/Mystique
- Serena (2014) - Serena Pemberton
- American Hustle (2013) - Rosalyn Rosenfeld
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) - Katniss Everdeen
- The Devil you Know (2013) - Young Zoe
- House at the End of the Street (2012) - Elissa
- Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - Tiffany
- The Hunger Games (2012) - Katniss Everdeen
- X-Men: First Class (2011) - Raven/Mystique
- The Beaver (2011) - Norah
- Like Crazy (2011) - Sam
- Winter's Bone (2010) - Ree
- The Burning Plain (2008) - Mariana
- The Poker House (2008) - Agnes
- Garden Party (2008) - Tiff