As hard as it is to believe, the beloved Hunger Games saga comes to an end on November 20, with the release of Mockingjay: Part 2. Three books and four movies later, we’re finding it a little hard to swallow, but Willow Shields—aka Prim Everdeen—is actually saying goodbye to a giant part of her childhood! The HG star is dishing on the journey and what we can expect from the final movie!
Justine Magazine: You’ve grown up so much from the original Hunger Games to the final movie, and so has your character. Do you connect with Prim’s maturity growth?
Willow Shields: I think, you know, there is that connection with the fact that we are the same age throughout each film. That’s the only real big connection I have with Prim just because she lives in such a different world than I do. I was ten when I started the first film and now I’m 15! It’s been a huge part of my life and I’ve kind of grown up with her.
JM: In the series you’re the more nurturing one —you care for and love people and animals. Would you say this reflects your true personality or are you more of the fearless go-getter in real life, like Katniss?
WS: I think I kinda have a little bit of both! I mean, it’s good to have a little bit of both (laughs) but Prim is such an incredibly kind person, always there for other people, so I try to kinda take some of that into my own life! And then Katniss is, as you said, very fearless and kind of goes for things, so for me I really like to try and use both of those things in my life!
JM: Would you say that you have a favorite scene in Mockingjay: Part 2?
WS: I don’t know, that’s a hard question! I don’t think I ever had a favorite scene. I think what was really cool about both Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 is that I was able to film scenes with different actors that I never worked with before on set! Like Mockingjay: Part 1 I got to film with Julianne Moore; you know I feel like 90 percent of my past scenes have been with Jen and that’s really cool.
JM: What is the one thing Hunger Games fans can look forward to in Mockingjay: Part 2?
WS: I think that what’s really cool about it is in the books at the beginning, you know, The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, there was always the hunger games actually going on. And in this case, there is not a hunger games anymore but it’s kinda changed to the hunger games being on the streets of the capitol. So you see like all the districts come together and almost form this alliance against President Snow. So that’s kind of an interesting change in the story, and I also think they are going to love it because we get so close to the book and we’ve tried to do that for every film. So I think that the fans will just love how similar it is.
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