Vanity Fair has released a gorgeous photo of the young cast members of The Hunger Games. Besides the primary trio of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, the photo also includes: Isabelle Fuhrman, Jack Quaid, Jackie Emerson, Dayo Okeniyi, Leven Ramblin, Alexander Ludwig, and Amandla Stenberg.
The interactive photo lets you scroll over the image to learn about each actor’s character and their reactions to landing their coveted roles in The Hunger Games. Here are a few highlights.
Liam Hemsworth (Gale):
I’d heard about how popular the books were, but I wasn’t quite aware of how dark and gritty the story was. It started me thinking and asking questions like, Could something like this actually happen to us one day? When you think about the fast-growing popularity of reality TV today, and the crazy premise of many of the reality-TV shows that are currently on the air, is it really that far off for us to consider something like this being possible? I think it’s a mind-blowing thing to think about.
Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss):
I auditioned, which was a long process and a lot of improv. And then waited a month or something, where I was convinced I didn’t have it—then I got the phone call while I was in London. I was then terrified. I knew it was going to be huge, and that’s scary. I called my mom. She said, ‘This is a script that you love, and you’re thinking about not doing it because of the size of it?’ And I [didn’t] want to not do something because I’m scared, so I said yes. And I’m so happy that I did
Josh Hutcherson (Peeta):
I got to meet [Hunger Games author] Suzanne Collins at the first meeting, which was very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. But I had a great read-through, and then came back to do a test screening a few weeks later. I also hit it off with Jen—the chemistry between the two of us really worked. A couple of weeks went by where I couldn’t say a single word about it … then I got the call. It still didn’t even hit me, until I walked on set for the first day.
Amandla Stenberg (Rue):
I showed up to my audition with Gary wearing a muddy T-shirt and khakis. In my hair were twigs and leaves, as if I had been living in the woods for weeks. … [Gary Ross] joked that I came with my own hair-and-wardrobe team.
Alexander Ludwig (Cato):
I was traveling that summer with my buddies, right after I graduated high school, so I made it my goal to get into great physical shape for the part. After that summer, I was asked to come read with Gary [Ross] at his house. I read for him twice, and then they called and offered me the part.
See the rest at Vanity Fair.
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