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MAR
11
2 YEARS

Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid's Teen Son Makes Film Debut in 'The Hunger Games'

19-year-old Jack Quaid, a sophomore at NYU, makes his big-screen acting debut as one of the "Career Tributes" in Suzanne Collins' popular book series.

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Isabelle Fuhrman, Alexander Ludwig, Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin in "The Hunger Games"

His parents had on-screen chemistry that resulted in a Valentine's Day wedding in 1991. But will Jack Quaid, the only son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, find the same acting success as his famous parents?

Currently a sophomore in the Experimental Theatre Wing at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Quaid is finally getting his chance to show what he can do in front of the camera.

But he knows it won't be easy to gain a following; cast as Marvel in the upcoming Hunger Games movie, Quaid's dastardly character is one of the "Career Tributes" who have been preparing since childhood to compete in the Games. “When I got cast, I was told that people would be spitting on me in the streets,” he told Interview magazine.

Quaid has previously only appeared in short films that can be seen on Funny or Die, but The Hunger Games, out March 23, is his first film with a budget more than "about 20 bucks." But he has fond memories of childhood visits to see his parents at work. “I’ve been on sets my whole life,” he says. “But this is the first time in front of the camera and not in a chair with Sour Patch Kids from the craft services truck. It was a new sensation. It was weird... I really liked it.”