In another great interview from Tara Bennett for Snakkle, she talks with the lovely Amandla Stenberg and Willow Shields about set secrets and the Hunger Games dvd release!
On August 18, The Hunger Games arrives on DVD and Blu-ray with three hours’ worth of special features focused on the making of the film and the young cast who shot the film last summer with director Gary Ross in the remote forests of North Carolina. Two standouts from the supporting cast are young actresses Willow Shields, who plays Katniss’s little sister Primrose, and Amandla Stenberg, who plays Rue, the sweet female Tribute from District 11. Snakkle got the chance to sit down with these bubbly ladies to talk about the DVD release and laugh about some of the weirder aspects of being part of the whole Hunger Games phenomenon.
Snakkle: So it’s safe to say your lives have changed a bit since the movie came out?
Willow Shields: Yeah, definitely. We can go anywhere and we each have someone ask, “Are you Rue?” or “Are you Prim?” [Laughs]
Amandla Stenberg: For me it depends on whether or not I’m wearing my hair down. If I’m wearing it up, it’s fine. But down, it’s “Oh my gosh, Rue!” [Laughs]
Snakkle: There are several special Blu-ray editions of the film coming out with lots of exclusive behind-the-scenes material about the making of The Hunger Games. What are you most excited about fans seeing?
Shields: There was a camera on set every day filming for the [DVD] behind the scenes. It was exciting. There will be some footage of us shooting scenes that were not in the movie.
Stenberg: It’s cool to see us goofing off and being ourselves. I think people don’t realize we are not our characters.
Shields: Yes, I’m not Prim… I’m Willow. [Laughs]
Stenberg: Everyone calls me Rue now. I think it will be funny to see Glimmer [Leven Rambin] eyeing Rue, and then they cut, and then we’re listening to “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj and dancing. It will be funny to see.
Snakkle: Amandla, how is it being immortalized as a Rue action figure?
Stenberg: I just got it and I was playing with it, and it’s pretty cool!
Snakkle: Did either of you do anything out of the ordinary for your auditions?
Stenberg: Well, I was a fan girl before I even auditioned, so I was super nervous for my audition and then super stoked when I got it. I couldn’t even believe it. It was only two auditions. One audition was with the casting director, Debbie Zane, and she gave me advice for the callback… which was to dress up like Rue. So I came to director Gary Ross’s house completely dressed in torn clothes, with mud all over me, with leaves and twigs in my hair. He has a really nice house, of course, so I had to be really careful where I was walking so I didn’t leave a trail of mud. And of course I couldn’t sit with everyone else. I had to sit on a stool because I couldn’t sit on his nice suede furniture. [Laughs]
Snakkle: Did you both get to meet author Suzanne Collins?
Shields: Suzanne Collins is amazing. She’s incredibly nice. I met her at the premiere. I didn’t have a chance to meet her when she was in North Carolina while we were filming.
Stenberg: I met her on set. She came for my death scene. She gave me advice about it, which was so helpful, and it was amazing to meet her.
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