Her sweet project with the Girl Scouts and her proudest achievement
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I was so happy to have that skill as something
I had for my life.
When your "Hunger Games" fans found out I was going to be chatting
with you today, they sent me a bunch of questions they wanted me to ask you.
Natasha wants to know how you prepared for the role of Effie Trinket and what
your favorite part is of playing her.
My favorite part of playing her is the voice. I love talking like Effie, and
that's also one of the things I focused on the most in my preparation. I
knew the hair and the makeup and the clothes were all going to kind of take care
of themselves ... but the voice was pretty much up to me in terms of what I
wanted her to sound like. I did a lot of research. I tested a lot of voices. I
made a lot of tapes of myself talking like different ways that I thought Effie
might speak. I'm really happy with the way that voice came out.
This is a question from Martha: Was there part of Effie's wardrobe
that you wanted to keep and take home with you?
I really wanted to keep these gold Alexander McQueen shoes. I'm happy to
report that I didn't get those exact ones, but Alexander McQueen very sweetly
sent me black ones that are very similar.
There have been several casting announcements for "Catching Fire."
Have you been keeping track of who's been cast so far, and what do you
Yes, I am, and I'm really excited to see who they keep getting. The casting
has been amazing. The casting process has yielded an incredible cast starting
with Jennifer [Lawrence] and Liam [Hemsworth] and Josh [Hutcherson] and then
Woody [Harrelson], myself and Lenny [Kravitz]. I just feel like the cast is
incredible, and now of course we have Philip Seymour Hoffman and all these
other young great tributes. Jena Malone will be fantastic. So it's a great
process that has yielded an incredible group of people.
Have you met with the new director, Francis Lawrence, about the
direction he wants to take the sequel?
I have met with him and we did talk about the sequel "Catching Fire" and what
his plans are. It was a really exciting conversation. I've already been to some
fittings, so I've already seen some of Effie's new wardrobe, and all I can say
is, "Wow, wow, wow!" The wow factor is getting amped up.
Tiffany wants to know: When do you report to the set to start
shooting, and do you know where the shooting location will be?
I don't know exactly where we'll be filming, but we'll be shooting the
second movie in Georgia and Hawaii. We start filming in September.
Pete wants to know about the "acting pack" you run in. It seems like
you've been in a number of movies with Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow. Are you pretty close
with the actors offscreen as well?
I am. I really pride myself on knowing a group of fun, funny people. We all
are kind of friends. Paul and his family live in New York and I live in L.A., so
we don't get to see each other as much as we'd like, but when we do, it's always
a great time.
You have another movie coming out in October, called "Pitch Perfect,"
a project that you and your husband worked on together. What can fans expect
from the movie?
It's one of the things I'm most proud of in my entire career, and one of the
things I've worked the hardest on is "Pitch Perfect." My husband and I have a
company, Brownstone, and we've seen that movie from nothing -- from no script --
from the very beginning and the seed of an idea all the way through to the
movie. We just finished it, and we're sending it now to what they call prints so
we can get it out into theaters October 5. It's hilarious. The main thing you
can expect is super, super, super-fun times and big laughs. And it's an all-ages
movie. It's for anybody and everybody who loves to go to the movies and have a
I read that "Pitch Perfect" is the fifth movie you've been in this
year in addition to all the other entertainment projects you're working on. How
are you finding time to sleep?
[Laughs] Luckily most of what's going on is these movies are coming out. I
haven't actually had to spend a lot of time making movies recently. I don't
sleep that much, mostly because I have a young son at home as well. He likes to
get up early and I like to go to bed late. So it's a very bad combination.
A lot of our readers are parents, and you just mentioned you're a
working mom in Hollywood. How do you manage your working and family life in the
fast-paced entertainment world?
I manage it as best I can! [laughs] I don't know how good I'm doing. Like all
working moms, I really rely on my village to help me with my son, whether it's
my husband or my nanny or my mom or my mother-in-law or the aunties, my sisters.
He has a lot of loving people in his life that help take care of him and, more
importantly, help me be sane.
Kim says you are awesome on Twitter. Do you enjoy being able to tweet
and also being an "amateur goofball," as it states on your profile
I do. I love that. The only reason why I like being amateur anything is cause
I think once you're professional the stakes are too high! I like that I'm still
Do you usually send out your own tweets?
I do all my own tweets. You know I do have people who work with me on my
website, and they will often suggest some stuff, but I edit everything that goes
on the website, everything that goes out to Twitter. I am very involved in
everything. Every single tweet that you see I have laid eyes on or typed
Any message you want to send out to your fans?
I think the election in November is really important, and so anybody who is
not registered to vote should go out and register to vote. You should make sure
that your voice is heard, because that's the best thing about living in America.
We all have a voice in the democratic process. It's a pretty special thing. It's
what our military is out around the world fighting for, and to honor them we
should make sure we all vote.