Welcome to Cast Countdown with Hamilton. Every Wednesday (yes, I know today is Thursday – oops!) I will introduce a member of the Catching Fire cast and discuss what it is that they will be bringing to the role of their character. Fair warning, just in case you have not yet read the books, there may be spoilers here. In honor of Revolution – a promising dystopian series which happens to include a strong female lead good with a bow – premiering, I present:
Maria Howell as Seeder
About Seeder: Not much is known about Seeder. She is a past victor from District 11 and a tribute in the 75th Games. She is a very kind person, offering her support and encouragement to Katniss who wants her as an ally. Shes’ described as being older – perhaps around 60, but in good health, and as having olive skin and dark hair like someone from The Seam.
About Maria Howell: Though she has been acting since 1985, it wasn’t until 2006 that Howell began appearing regularly on screen. Until the recent television show Revolution, in which she plays Grace, a woman who seems destined to become an important character who knows something about the global power blackout, Howell has had mostly had small parts. She often appears in a teacher or caregiver type role, portraying a social worker in the award winning The Blind Side. She is also a jazz singer. Though she doesn’t fit the olive skinned Seam look of the book, she does fit in with the decision to portray District 11 as being mostly African American, or African Panemian, or, well, you know what I mean. She’s also significantly younger looking (though I couldn’t track down her age) than Seeder is described as being, a decision possibly made in order not to overshadow Mags as being the “old woman tribute.”
Seeder, as most of you probably know, is not around that long and so is not a very important character. Howell is another example, however, of the casting directors choosing capable people for even the smaller roles, which is very important in creating a world and movie that flows without a few minor characters’ performances making scenes cheesy or mediocre. From the brief moments I saw her on Revolution, Howell seems perfectly up to the task, even if she won’t have that much screen time.
Maria Howell as a therapist on Army Wives:
Maria Howell official site