Zack Sharf Digital News Director Rachel Zegler is the new face of the “Hunger Games” franchise thanks to her role as Lucy Gray Baird in the new prequel movie, “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.” During a recent visit to “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Zegler recalled what it was like meeting Jennifer Lawrence for the first time.
Lawrence headlined the original four “Hunger Games” films as Katniss Everdeen, a role that turned the Oscar winner into a global superstar. “We were at Paris Fashion Week for the Dior show only a couple weeks ago,” Zegler said about her first encounter with Lawrence. “I didn’t want to be weird.
I was just kind of psyching myself up to talk to her. She was so unbelievably kind.” Clarkson threw to a clip from the event in which Zegler and Lawrence embraced while posing for photos together.
Zegler could be seen laughing. What was so funny? “In that clip, [Jennifer is] actually saying, ‘Let’s do another photo where I’m strangling you and saying you’ll never take my part!'” Zegler revealed. “And that’s exactly what I wanted from her.” “The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” is set more than 60 years before “The Hunger Games,” meaning there was never a chance that Lawrence would reprise her star-making role of Katniss.Read more on variety.com