Willow Shields has given a great new interview with Cosmopolitan on her character Prim in the Mockingjay movies, and also her working relationship with Jennifer Lawrence.
Read quotes below:
This movie has your best material yet. Did you feel that way about it?
Yes, definitely! By far.
You get such a greater sense of Katniss and Prim's sisterhood.
Honestly, that's my favorite part about this character, is the relationship between her and Katniss. Because throughout this whole series, it's the only true, genuine love relationship. Other relationships you're not certain of throughout, and Katniss isn't either, but she is always certain of her love for Prim.
There's a pretty intense air raid scene in the film that is centered on Prim and Katniss. What was that like to shoot?
I'm not used to doing any action as Prim. So for me, it was very fun, because it's like, you're drenched! It was a great workout, because I was carrying a 20-pound cat while running down stairs, soaking wet. So, fun stuff! New workout plan!
And the cat acting in that scene is unbelievable! What's he's like?
Orion! He's a very sweet cat, and Jen and I love having the cat around. It was so calm and sweet and well trained. I didn't know you could train a cat, but I guess it's true. It was a fun, different actor to work with.
SPOILERS below if you haven't read Mockingjay:
In Part II, Prim is going to be doing some different stuff, and there's a fairly major plot point that centers on her. … Your character dies. What was it like reading that in the script and book?
Well, when I read it, it was — I mean, obviously it's heartbreaking. For anybody to read that, it's heartbreaking, but I give so much props to [author] Suzanne Collins, and I almost appreciate it, because I think what she was trying to showcase in writing that is how brutal their world is and how awful it is and how nobody in the Capitol has any heart. It's just trying to bring across that point, and I love that about Mockingjay — it's starting to bring across that point of why this is happening and why the war needs to happen in a way, so I think that was very important. But, yeah, it was very heartbreaking, obviously, for all the readers too. But I think it proved something, which was great.
There was a little controversy about how Prim's death is treated in the book: It's not a large scene. Is that approached differently in the film?
Well, the way we did it, we've always been wanting to keep it as close to the book as possible, so that was the plan. I'm excited for people to see it; it's a wonderful scene. We tried to keep it as close to the book as we possibly could.
On working with Jennifer Lawrence:
Since you first started working on these films, Jennifer's career has exploded. Is the level of fame that she is at scary to you at all?
No, because she doesn't act like she's at that level of fame. To me, it's like she acts like any other girl her age, but with a lot of responsibility, like a lot of girls her age. She takes everything in stride, she handles herself beautifully, and she's so funny and down-to-earth. It's always crazy, even to me, to hear her name, "Jennifer Lawrence." It's become a huge thing, just her name. To me, she's Jen. She's like this totally normal, fun, crazy girl. So I think it doesn't intimidate me because of that.
Does Jennifer have the sort of career you want to have?
Absolutely! [Laughs] I think that's the sort of career any actress would want. She's extremely talented, she's won an Oscar now, nominated three times. I think that she is following in the footsteps of Meryl Streep. In my opinion, she'll be winning Oscar after Oscar after Oscar after Oscar, because she's that talented. And she's one of my best friends and I am so happy for her success. She started in the business when she was my age, so she's given me some advice about the business and growing up involved in film and TV and Hollywood. It's a crazy place; you gotta stay who you are through that whole process. So she's a pretty great role model to have.
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