The two leading men of The Hunger Games, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth sit down to answer some questions with J-14. The guys talk about their co-star Jennifer Lawrence, meeting each other, their favorite parts of the film and more!
Even though you two don’t work together all that much, you both work with Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, a lot. What was it like getting to know her?
Liam Hemsworth: She’s honestly one of the best actresses I’ve worked with.
Josh Hutcherson: Jennifer and I hit it off right away! We became really close friends instantaneously.
Liam: She’s just a really cool chick!
Okay, spill: first impressions of each other!
Liam: I was friends with Josh before the film and we hung out a lot when we weren’t working. He’s awesome!
Josh: Liam’s a super good-looking, tall, Australian guy — but he’s a total goofball!
Both of your characters love Jennifer Lawrence’s character — just in different ways. Was that awkward at all?
Josh: Not really — to me, it’s just like another part of acting. It’s just part of the characters. I think anytime you have an intimate scene with anyone you have to think of it that way.
Liam: For most of the stuff, me and Jennifer were always kinda joking around, just having fun and enjoying it.
Finally, with such a strong fan following for the book series: do you feel pressure taking on the roles of Peeta and Gale?
Liam: I think, from the beginning, everyone’s wanted to stay pretty true to the book. I’m sure there will be a lot of things you’re going to be surprised by!
Josh: But there’s definitely an added pressure. For me, as much as there was this added pressure, it was also kind of a call to action. The fans are so into it — so I had to do a good job to make sure I did right by them!
You can read the rest of the interview at J-14!