Tell us a little bit about your character Peeta?
Peeta is very similar to me. I have a very similar outlook on life, which is ‘maintain who you are as a person and no matter what the circumstance that you are in, never compromise that’.
I feel we are very similar in that respect. I also feel he has a self-deprecating humour and that is my device as well. So we definitely have a lot of similarities.
Sounds like you connected with Peeta straight away?
When I read the book I had that connection with Peeta immediately, yeah. And the character drove me a bit crazy because I knew how badly I wanted the part.
But even as filming went on more and more I realized when playing Peeta how much I really am like him.
It certainly became a little weird and scary because I almost stopped acting and just started being myself and calling myself Peeta.
It’s funny, I sometimes feel that maybe I am more a collection of my character than my character is a collection of me. …
You and Jennifer both hail from the same state, Kentucky. Did that make your chemistry easier to find?
Yeah, it‘s a not a huge state but there are a lot of us there!
But it was so weird that we are both from Kentucky, which is, funnily enough, kind of where District 12 is supposed to be. It’s loosely based in the hills of Kentucky.
There is a certain kind of understanding of the South and the same upbringing that we both had. We definitely bonded over that instantaneously.
In the screen test we talked about Kentucky and Kentucky Fried Chicken and rival basketball teams and all that stuff so there was very much a connection. …
Have you engaged with any of The Hunger Games fan sites?
Sure. I think that is one of the awesome things — that people have the right to say what the hell they want to say.
For me I don’t go online all that much, not on Facebook or Twitter or anything like that, so the only time I use the internet is to look something up on Google.
Anybody I talk to on the streets or any fans that I meet in person I will talk to, though, for sure.