To prepare for the role of Katniss, Jennifer had to endure a lot of physical training, but also archery training as well. Jennifer’s archery coach, four time Olympian Khatuna Lorig talks about meeting Jennifer and training her with Hollywood.com!
“When they called me, they told me, ‘We want to make her look like a professional, to shoot like a professional,’ Lorig explained to me. “So, I’m like, ‘Okay, let me give a try. Let me meet the girl,’ [to see] how she looks, physically, and how she does.” Lorig recounted meeting Lawrence for the first time, describing her as a “strong-looking girl” and “very outgoing personality, very outspoken, very happy.” But when it came to coaching the actress in the art of the hunt, Lorig never went soft. No star-treatment here.
“From the beginning, I told her, ‘Listen. If this is going to work, we’re going to do it in a professional way.’ It’s a physical sport—even though I had her with a very light, barely 20-pound or 18-pound Olympic style wooden bow for her. She was getting sore. I think she was working out in the morning, then coming shooting with me, then going to work out again.”
“It comes from your eyes. It comes down to your face. You know right away if the person is scared, or if she or he is confident to shoot against you. What I saw from the previews? That’s my technique!”
“I told her I would be very proud when I see her onscreen. I told her, I’ll see her on the screen and say, ‘That’s my student!’ And you know what she said? She said, ‘When I see you in the Olympics, I’ll say, ‘She’s my coach!’’
You can see Jennifer’s technique is like Khatuna’s in the photo!