Jennifer Lawrence: "I'm considered a fat actress"

Actress Jennifer Lawrence speaks onstage at "Silver Linings Playbook" press conference during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 9, 2012 in Toronto, Canada.
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Jennifer Lawrence in December 2012 issue of Elle.
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Jennifer Lawrence gets personal about body image in the December issue of Elle magazine.

She talked about her weight and the pressures of staying thin in the entertainment business.

"In Hollywood, I'm obese," Lawrence said. "I'm considered a fat actress. I'm Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach."

The 22-year-old actress, who portrayed Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," also said she's not going to starve herself for any film role.

"I don't want little girls to be like, 'Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I'm going to skip dinner. That's something I was really conscious of during training, when you're trying to get your body to look exactly right. I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong- not thin and underfed," Lawrence said.

Lawrence is happily dating British actor Nicholas Hoult, 22, and dished about how well they get along.

"[My boyfriend] is honestly my best friend, and hopefully I'm his best friend too," she told the magazine. "He's my favorite person to be around and makes me laugh harder than anybody."

Lawrence will be seen in two upcoming blockbusters: "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." She also stars alongside Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook," which will arrive in theaters on Nov. 21.

Elle's December issue hits newsstands on Nov. 13.