Jennifer Lawrence Butchers Christmas Carols With David Letterman (Video)

“Hunger Game: Mockingjay – Part 1” star has to sing in her upcoming film, which she found absolutely terrifying

Last Updated: November 13, 2014 @ 9:35 AM

Jennifer Lawrence is adored and respected as a multi-talented actress, but that doesn’t mean she can do anything, despite what her parents might have told her growing up. The “Hunger Games: Mockingjay” actress told David Letterman on “Late Show” about a public singing experience she had as a child that’s scarred her to this day.

“I have a Southern mother who would tell me that I was amazing at everything and that I could do everything, but I can’t,” she said. But with that false confidence, Lawrence agreed to sing in front of the school when she was eight, because after all she was amazing at everything.

She described her voice as a kind of tone-deaf Amy Winehouse, but it might have more in common with the growling vocals associated with some hardcore heavy metal bands. Which made it even more odd hearing her sing Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas.”

What she remembers perhaps even more than that disastrous experience was that in the days that follows her father laughed about it continuously, doing his own impression of his daughter’s take on the song.

Lawrence said that she sings in her upcoming film, but she’s avoided hearing it. She tried to convince producers to dub Lorde’s voice over her own, but they didn’t bite. When Letterman tried to trick her into singing a few bars of it, she threatened to walk.

Instead, the two paired on a very disturbing and decidedly un-jolly growling take on “A Holly Jolly Christmas.” That’s one way to kick off your holiday season … with abject terror.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” in theaters Friday, Nov. 21. “Late Show with David Letterman” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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