Besides being an Academy Award-winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence can now add two more feathers to her cap: singer and chart-topper. Jennifer landed on the UK Top 40 this week at number 29 with a song she had to sing in her latest film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.
Jennifer bagged the 29th stop on the Top 40 chart in the United Kingdom with the emotive song, “The Hanging Tree,” which was arranged by James Newton and folk-rock band The Lumineers. Lyrics of “The Hanging Tree” were written by the author of The Hunger Games books, Suzanne Collins.
The 24-year-old actor was required to sing the song on set as an important part of a particular scene. Despite her usual confidence in taking up acting tasks, however, Jennifer was reportedly dreading having to sing in front of other people.
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“There are very few times when Jen gets nervous about stuff she has to do on set, and the singing was that kind of a thing … I didn’t have to talk her into it, she was going to do it, she knew it was her job, but she just wasn’t happy about it. ‘Oh man, I’ve got to actually sing! In front of 150 people!’” said Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence in an interview with Vulture.
It turned out that her natural vocal tones made Jennifer perfect for the task of singing “The Hanging Tree,” since the director said her singing shouldn’t sound like that of a professional. “It should sound like a real girl singing. So she did it. She did it all day. And she has a really cool sound to her voice,” he added. “There’s kind of a raspy texture to it. So it was not terrible in the slightest.”
Jennifer was reportedly terrified on the day she had to do it. “She was horrified to sing, she cried a little bit in the morning before she had to sing,” the director told Radio Times.