While Katniss Everdeen has her hands full trying to decide between Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), Jennifer Lawrence has less of a problem when it comes to boys. But while she’s been publicly linked to another actor, a lot of you asked the Internet one big question: Is it onscreen partner in crime Josh who’s got her heart?
The short answer? No. As much as we wish for a Peeta-Katniss romance in real life, their chemistry exists on the big screen only. But that doesn’t mean Jen has never fallen for a co-star. JLaw and actor Nicholas Hoult met on the set of X Men: First Class in 2010, and started dating shortly after.
Though they advanced into the spotlight at different speeds, with Jennifer being nominated for an Oscar for 2010’s Winter’s Bone, then shooting to stardom in The Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook — for which she did receive the Academy Award — Nick and Jen seemed to stay strong. Unfortunately, the pair broke up in January 2013, citing hectic schedules and long distances as the cause for destruction.
Back in happier days, Jen told Elle of Nicholas, who made a big wave in Warm Bodies, “He is honestly my best friend, and hopefully I’m his best friend, too. He’s my favorite person to be around and he makes me laugh harder than anybody.”
It must’ve been too hard for them to stay apart, since they were spotted back together in August, shortly after meeting back up on set for X-Men: Days of Future Past. First, they arrived arm-in-arm at a wrap party, then they sat cozy at a screening Hugh Jackman threw, and a couple days later, they had a cozy picnic by the water.
We haven’t seen more photos of our best friend and her boyfriend, but she’s been slammed with photo calls and premieres for Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as well as work on American Hustle and several other projects. We love when Jen’s in love, so we’re hoping she and Nick can figure out a way to mesh their schedules better!
But, hey, if not? Well, she can always count on Peeta.