The Oscar-nominated actress, who stars as the teenage huntress Katniss Everdeen in this month’s much-anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games, reveals the soundtrack to her life.
Do you recall the first album you bought with your own money?
I think it was the first Spice Girls CD. It was my everything. I would come home from school every day and play it as loud as I could. My room was right next to my brother’s, so it drove him nuts. Then he told me about this really cool trick that involved taking a pin and scraping the underside of the CD. I’ve never forgiven him for it. I don’t even give him Christmas presents.
Who would you like to portray in a biopic?
I love Joni Mitchell. I heard Blue when I was 19 or 20 and I thought it was the most beautiful album in the world. She’s an interesting character. I hear she’s not very nice, which would be really fun to play.
When you were growing up in Kentucky, did your parents object to anything you listened to?
No. I liked the Beatles. And Queen. “Another One Bites the Dust” was my favorite song.
Of your Hunger Games costars, who had the best taste in music?
Josh [Hutcherson] introduced me to dubstep, which I hadn’t even heard of before. He started playing Skrillex and Bassnectar. It made my brain short-circuit in this great way. I would’ve never thought that I’d like that, but I loved it.