Willow Shields on the Pressures of Portraying Prim

Interview Magazine talked with Willow Shields about the pressure of living up to the book, the heavy emotions in her scenes, her audition process, and working with the cast of The Hunger Games.

SYMONDS: It’s such a huge property at this point. Do you think that there was more pressure with this role than there would be with a regular role, to live up to what people had been thinking about?

SHIELDS: Definitely, especially because it’s such a huge movie and it’s a pretty important character, for me, in the book, so at first I was a little nervous not being able to become the character. Yeah, at first I was nervous.

SYMONDS: I don’t want to give anything away, the times when you are onscreen in this film are all super emotional. You’re kind of dialed up to 10, all the time, in each of your scenes. How did you prepare for that?

SHIELDS: I think reading the next book helped, because I knew how Prim became . . . In the first book, she is the emotional character. She’s still young, she’s still small; then towards the end of the last book, she almost becomes a Katniss, and she becomes really brave and a really strong character, and I think that reading those books really helped to know that Prim becomes a brave, strong character. In the first book, she’s an emotional young girl who’s gone through a lot of things in her life.

SYMONDS: There have been a lot of questions in interviews with your castmates about what they did to train and everything. Did you have to do any of that, too, or did you just watch them and eat Oreos and laugh?

Read the entire Q&A at Interview Magazine.


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