Thousands of fans camped out to watch an emotional Jennifer Lawrence and the cast of “Hunger Games” take one final bow in Hall H on Thursday afternoon.
Lawrence, who admitted being press shy having not done an interview in over a year, revealed to the audience that she actually broke down and cried on the first day of shooting “Mockingjay: Part 2,” the fourth and final installment in Lionsgate’s hit franchise.
“These movies changed my life,” she said. “I feel like it will always be a part of me.”
Co-star Josh Hutcherson added: “It’s been the most incredible movie making experience,” before thanking the fans for supporting the $2.2 billion franchise.
Moderated by Conan O’Brien, the celebration also featured actors Liam Hemsworth, Willow Shields, producer Nina Jacobson and director Francis Lawrence.
“I’m really pleased with the film and the way it ends,” the filmmaker said of the “Mockingjay” finale. “This is where Katniss gets back into action.”
Fans, many of whom dressed as the heroine from Suzanne Collins’ books, nervously asked Lawrence: did she have a favorite scene (she couldn’t answer) or costume in the series?
“I love the wedding dress from ‘Catching Fire’ because it’s understated,” the actress joked. “No but I do want the orange backpack from the first ‘Hunger Games’…mostly because I have so many memories of hiding my phone in there.”
Other highlights included the world premiere of the “Mockinjay: Part 2” trailer as well as the cast attempting to do the famous Rue whistle from the films (“Mine sounds like the ‘X Files,’ Hemsworth laughed).
When asked about the final day of shooting “The Hunger Games” in Berlin, the 24 year-old Lawrence said she was too emotional to say anything that night to the cast and crew. Instead the movie’s director delivered a “beautiful speech,” as did her co-star Woody Harrelson.
“That night we held each other and slept like puppies,” the actress said. After Thursday’s love fest, the same could probably be said of her fans.
“Mockingjay Part 2” arrives in theaters Nov. 20.