Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson recently chatted it up with Parade magazine about how he landed the role of Peeta, working with Jennifer Lawrence, and being on the brink of superstardom. Check out the highlights below.
ON HOW HE GOT THE PART:
“I auditioned for the first time with director Gary Ross, and Suzanne Collins. I just read a few scenes. A couple of weeks later, they called me back in; I had a chemistry read with Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), which was great. And then there was a painful two weeks of waiting to hear if I got the part or not. When I finally got the call, I was literally rendered speechless.”
ON THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE PLAYING PEETA:
“Gary Ross and I wanted to make sure that we did not let Peeta become too sappy, just because he’s admitting his love to Katniss. He takes a lot of strength from Katniss. And Katniss learns how to open up emotionally from Peeta.”
ON HOW HE PREPARED FOR THE LEVEL OF STARDOM THAT HARRY POTTER AND TWILIGHT BROUGHT ITS STARS:
“It’s a mixed feeling. It’s something that every actor sort of dreams about, because, if you get to that point, that means you’re successful and you get to keep on doing what you do. But, at the same time, you do lose anonymity, and you start to kind of become more of this idea to people instead of a real person, which is challenging. But I’m excited about it. It’s a new adventure and I’m excited to see where it takes me.”
Check out the entire interview of Josh Hutcherson and Parade.com here.
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