Actress Willow Shields was too young to understand how famous her Hunger Games co-stars were when she first started filming.
The now 15-year-old has been starring in the adventure flicks, based on the Suzanne Collins novels, since they first hit cinema screens in 2012. She plays Primrose Everdeen, the younger sister of Jennifer Lawrence’s heroic alter ego Katniss. The franchise has featured some of Hollywood’s most esteemed actors, including the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, but Willow was oblivious to all but one of the A-listers when she started.
“I was 10 in the first film, so I didn’t know the difference between who was a huge movie star and who wasn’t,” Willow confessed to ASOS magazine. “The only person I was excited and slightly intimidated to meet was Julianne Moore. I remember going to a fitting with Jen (Lawrence) and she walked in like, ‘I’ve just met Julianne Moore, have you met her yet?!’ – and started teasing me. We were both really fan-girling over meeting Julianne Moore.”
Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth also star, and both the books and films have become a global phenomenon. The final part of the story, Mockingjay – Part 2, hits cinemas later this month (Nov 15), and saying goodbye has been hard for everyone.
“So emotional!” Willow exclaimed. “It was bittersweet for the entire cast. Everybody was really sad about us not working together anymore. I’d been filming for five years, so the end was pretty daunting. You really do watch (my character) Prim mature a lot in the last film. You get to see her follow in Katniss’ footsteps.”
There will be no time off for Willow now The Hunger Games is over; she’s currently busy with three new projects, including working with Forest Whitaker and Tim Roth in A Fall from Grace
– Cover Media