‘House at the End of the Street’ Director Talks Casting ‘Stunning’ Jennifer Lawrence: ‘She’s Everything I Want in My Leading Woman’ (VIDEOS)

House at the End of the Street director Mark Tonderai set out to cast not a classic beauty for the lead role for his sophomore directorial, but a young woman that looked like someone we might recognize from our own life.

What he found was Jennifer Lawrence, before she became The Hunger Games star she’s known today.

Back then, the young actress had just finished filming Winter’s Bone, but had not been nominated for an Oscar yet.

“When I saw her, I was like, ‘This is it,’” Tonderai told Celebuzz. “She’s everything I want in my leading woman.”

In Tonderai’s latest flick, Lawrence gets run through the ringer, playing a teen who — with her mom — moves to a Chicago suburb next door to a house where a terrible double murder occurred.

For Tonderai, casting Lawrence was serendipity. From the time he completed filming to the thriller’s release, he suddenly found himself with a movie starring one of Hollywood’s hottest actors.

“For me she’s got an interesting face,” observed Tonderai. “She’s not particularly world-class beautiful but she’s not ugly either.”

Tonderai hastened to add, “She’s a combination of features that are unique and more interesting — and for me, stunning.”

What else does the filmmaker has to say about his lead actress? Watch Celebuzz’s interview with the director above and below to find out.