Willow Shields recently did an interview with the Albuquerque Journal where she discussed the dramatic changes that has taken place in her life.
Here’s an excerpt from the article :
Willow Shields was still reading the first book of “The Hunger Games” trilogy when she submitted a video audition for the movie.
“All of my friends were fans of the series, and I was just getting into them,” she says.
Come Friday, those fans and more will watch the Albuquerque 11-year-old become Primrose Everdeen – a “cornerstone” character – in the “The Hunger Games” movie, expected to open with a $100 million-plus weekend debut.
But for the past year, her life has undergone dramatic changes.The sixth-grade homeschooler says she is just like most sixth-graders – she likes to hang out with friends and gossip about boys.
“It’s all been happening so fast for me,” she said during a recent interview. “I’ve been flying back and forth to Los Angeles to do press and be involved in the marketing of the film.”
“The Hunger Games” is a worldwide phenomenon. The novel has been on the New York Times best-seller list for more than 130 consecutive weeks.
The film chronicles Katniss Everdeen’s defiant struggle to survive in a future dystopia, where The Capitol requires its 12 subjugated districts to atone for their one-time insurrection through the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight-to-the-death “reaping” event held in a fantastical man-made arena.Â
The participants are teenagers chosen by lottery from the 12 districts.
Primrose “Prim” Everdeen is Katniss Everdeen’s younger sister. It is Prim’s, not Katniss’s, name that is pulled from the girls’ reaping bowl.
But Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is determined to take her sister’s place.
For Shields, snagging the role of Prim last April was a dream come true, but it came with some apprehension.
“As I finished the books, I found myself a fan,” she said. “I did get nervous going into the film, because Prim is loved by so many people. I wanted to make sure that I brought strength to Prim’s character.”
In one of the scenes, Prim tries to stop Katniss from taking her place, but Katniss’ best friend holds her back and takes her away.
“There’s was so much emotion in those scenes, and Jennifer (Lawrence) was really helpful,” Shields said. “She told me to be true to myself and bring what I thought was natural for the character. She’s an actress that I really look up to.”
Source : HungerGamesMoviesNet