Comic-Con 2012: 'Hunger Games' Co-Star Willow Shields Looks Forward to 'Making Fun of Katniss' in 'Catching Fire'

After the weighty drama of the first film, Shields says she's anticipating "stuffing her face with candy" in a scene with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Woody Harrelson.
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Given how serious so much of plot of Hunger Games is, it comes as little surprise that actress Willow Shields says that what she’s most looking forward to in Catching Fire is a moment of levity. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the future of her character, Primrose Everdeen, she says she’s eager to have a little bit of fun in the upcoming sequel, Catching Fire.

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“For my character, I’m really excited to do a scene with Woody Harrelson and Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer [Lawrence] where we’re making fun of Katniss and stuffing our faces with candy,” Shields tells THR. “It should be a lot of fun.”

After performing in two television movies, Hunger Games was a major breakthrough for the young actress, where her character is virtually the catalyst for everything that happens in the story. But the actress says that she didn’t spend a lot of time contemplating Primrose’s future in Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

“I never really thought about it in the first movie, because we weren’t sure at that moment if we were going to go on to do Catching Fire and Mockingjay,” she admits. “And I was ten, so I never thought, ‘Well, how am I going to act in the next movie?’ in the middle of shooting the first one. It was like, I’m going to focus on how to act in the first one.”

That said, however, Shields says that she’s already thinking about her work in the sequel, even though the project is still in relatively early stages of development. “I have read Catching Fire, so I do have an idea of what’s going to go on. But we haven’t really found out a lot about it yet, so we’re just waiting to see. And I am thinking about Prim, about how she’s going to act. But I’m still doing a little thinking about that.”

For Catching Fire, director Francis Lawrence is stepping in for Gary Ross, who adapted Hunger Games and brought it to life. In terms of their collaboration, Shields says she’s already familiar with Lawrence’s body of work. “I have seen Water for Elephants and I Am Legend and they’re both amazing, amazing movies. And I’m really looking forward to meeting him and working with him.”

Hunger Games is scheduled for release on home video August 18, 2012. Catching Fire has already secured a theatrical elease date of November 22, 2013.

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