Eric Hennig played one of the game techs in The Hunger Games and will be one of the guests at the Fiction to Film convention next weekend. He’ll be there with a bunch of other Hunger Games cast members including Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh) and Jacqueline Emerson (Foxface).
He’ll also be at the Comic Con in San Diego in July for the full four days to meet Hunger Games fans (we’ve included his schedule below). In the meantime he’s kindly agreed to answer some of our questions about his time filming The Hunger Games.
What made you decide to get into acting?
I’ve wanted to be an actor for as long as I can remember. I started doing school plays when I was six. I remember being in a Christmas play when I was in fourth grade and having the time of my life! That feeling never went away.
My favorite part about acting is getting to be someone else and sharing a story that may not of been heard. Everyday is something new and you’re always learning new things.
How did you find out about The Hunger Games role?
I first heard about it from my agent. At the time, I knew nothing about it. I started to read the book and I know immediately I wanted to be apart of it. I was very lucky that things fell into place after that.
Are you likely to take part in Catching Fire?
I’m very blessed to be apart of this family and it’s been one of the best experiences of my life. As for the second film, your guess is as good as mine.
What was it like on the set? The Gamemaker room looked pretty cool – what was it REALLY like?
I had a blast on set! We had so much fun! The phrase “It doesn’t feel like work, if you’re doing what you love” fits in perfectly! The Control Room was very neat! When we filmed it was all green screen. All the CGI was added later. I remember when I first saw a clip and thought “Wow, That’s awesome”! I was just as surprised as all the fans were.
The set was exactly what it looked like in the film minus the CGI. There is a picture in the Illustrated movie companion guide that shows the control room before CGI was added. Very cool to see how it was transformed.
Did you get to work with Gary Ross and did you get a sense of how he works?
Yes, Gary is an awesome guy! Very professional and passionate about his work. Very down to earth guy that everyone enjoys being around.
There was a lot of secrecy surrounding the filming of The Hunger Games – what was it like keeping everything so hush-hush?
I’m not going to lie, it was difficult. Especially, when friends/family want to know what you’re working on. I’m not the best at keeping secrets but you know in the end it’s well worth it.
What’s next for you?
I just finished the first episode of a new web series called “How To Kill A Pitch” that will be pitched to “Funny or Die”. It’s a short comedy mocking creative directors. It’s hilarious and I can’t wait for everyone to see it! I’m also a “Glissando” in Universals film “Pitch Perfect” which hits theaters everywhere October 5th.
I have a few other things coming up but can’t discuss them yet. I’ll be sure to tweet any news as soon as I can.
Are you looking forward to the Fiction to Film Convention and hanging out with the other cast members of The Hunger Games?
Yes! I’m so excited about Fiction 2 Film! I have been counting down the days. The amount of support and dedication this film has is unbelievable! I’ve never seen such caring fans before. I still get emotional reading fan mail. I am forever grateful to be apart of this family with all of you and getting to meet the fans in person will be amazing!
San Diego Comic Con Schedule
Thursday AA12 10:00:00 02:30:00
Friday AA12 10:00:00 02:30:00
Saturday AA12 10:00:00 02:30:00
Sunday AA14 10:00:00 01:30:00
You can find Eric on Twitter @EricHennig.