Newcomer Willow Shields lands pivotal role of Prim in 'The Hunger Games'


Today, Lionsgate and The Hunger Games team announced that newcomer Willow Shields will star as Primrose Everdeen in the movie adaptation. The New Mexican native will play Katniss’ beloved younger sister, for whom Katniss sacrifices herself. (It is sweet Prim who’s initially called to represent their District 12 in the annual televised fight-to-the-death.) “It’s so exciting to find an amazing young actress like the one we just met,” director Gary Ross said in a statement about the casting. “Prim is an emotionally demanding role and in many ways she is the cornerstone of the story. Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we’re very lucky to have her.” Lionsgate will release The Hunger Games on March 23, 2012.

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  • Hunter


    • rerun


      • Pott

        Very pretty girl. Coughunibrowcough

    • misha

      You’re a nasty piece of work. You must be pretty miserable to pick on a kid. A very pretty and I’m betting very talented kid. Unlike yourself Hunter.

      • joe the dirt

        Oh relax, everyone was thinking it. It’s disgusting.

      • misha

        Guess you are pretty miserable too.. put your picture out there and let us all pick you apart.

      • bob

        I’m a pretty happy guy, and that is still gross.

      • BLM

        She’s still pretty and I’m sure talented. She just needs to lose the unibrow. Nothing a pair of tweezers couldn’t fix.

      • The Other Guy

        I’m sure she is, but she’s probably gonna lose that unibrow before the movie comes out. No offense to whoever-she-is, but it IS nasty.

      • lana

        lots of cyber bullies on this site I find all of you “nasty” and “gross”

      • crispy

        Could someone send Willow Shields an “It Gets Better” video right away. Jeezus. Comparing kids who were tormented until they killed themselves to a few harmless jabs at a public performer’s unwieldy eyebrows is beyond silly.

      • Jimmy

        What the hell are you talking about Crispy? No one that I can see has mentioned anyone being tormented until they kill themselves. You need to get a grip. And dude it’s a young girl they are throwing those jabs at. Not cool.

      • crispy

        lana up there didn’t just arbitrarily pick the phrase “cyber bully” out of whatever dead zone you’ve been living in the last 16 months.

      • Hunter

        I am actually not miserable. I am just pointing out an obvious fact. The girl in the picture has a unibrow. There is no arguing that. I didn’t comment further and don’t think a simple statement warranted an attack. But this does: pluck that sh!t! Gross.

      • Karl

        You’re saying she doesn’t have a unibrow? It’s pretty plain to see…

    • Peeta pet

      The uni-brow can be waxed. But she just doesn’t have that cute “little-duck” (as Katniss called Prim) look. She doesn’t have the innocent look like the little girl picked for Rue. Rue and Prim should look very similar except for skin color. This girl looks older and not as cute. Also I don’t think Gary Ross has seen her acting so we don’t even know if she’s that good at acting sweet and innocent.

      • KP

        I agree completely!

      • Mary

        “little duck” meant that Prims shirt would always come undone and would look like a ducks tail not that she looked or acted like a duck. Also Rue and Prim do not have to look similar in skin color just in height and cuteness. I think she is an amazing choice

      • MM

        oh come on who cares if she’s got a unibrow. I dont think it looks all that bad anyways. There are better things to hate on than a girls eyebrows.

      • Lillie

        I dont think she should play prim. I agree completly

    • Flip

      OMG that was the first thing I noticed too. Yuck yuck YUCCCCCCCCCK!!!!!!!!

      • Tess

        Cyberbully! be nice she is perfect as Prim just be nice all of you cyberbullies on this page shut up! as Katniss would say, ” No body cares Effie, well no one dose.”

      • Katie

        stop it u nasty jerks i bet she’s way more talented then u are! (and if u guys think her brow is ugly, look at a mirror would you?)

    • Liz Lemon

      Lol. But she’s okay. I like that they’re casting a lot of unknowns. Kind of like the Potter series. I just hope the finished product is also as good as Potter.

    • Bob

      well if you read the books then it should be okay since they had to wax katniss eyebrows to who cares any way if thats the way she likes it then let her keep it

    • Miranda

      Oops I mean hauntingLY* typo :p

    • myra

      Who will they cast as buttercup?
      a) a very old geriatric cat that is also a great actor because after all in movies and tv old cats always play kittens.
      b) a red or black cat with acting experience and awards nominations because after all color is not important they will dye its hair and acting is more important. Plus it’s impossible to cast a yellow cat that also has acting talent.
      c) a black old cat that became famous not because his acting but its singing but had a 5 minute role in a movie and gary ross liked his acting.
      d) Cate blanchet! She is an oscar winner actress and because of that she can pull off anything. If you don’t think she is the right one watch all of her previous movies. She even played BOB DYLAN!
      e) a yellow mashed-in nose,half of one ear missing, eyes the color of rotting squad.
      f) a squirrel or a dog because there is one thing called makeup and there’s also Hollywood magic.
      G)None of the above they will just cut out Buttercup because he is a minor role.

      • Lillie

        My cat! Hes perfect except for one thing: hes fat. so now i guess thts out of the picture

    • Tess

      Yeah Hunter you should be ashamed what you have nothing better to do than make fun of 11 year olds or what! get a life Hunter

  • Debbie M

    Is that a unibrow in her picture????

    • Tess

      She is a 11 leave it be and get a life

  • Tracee O

    They don’t wax their eyebrows in district 12, so this makes sense…

    • crispy

      Somebody call Cinna pronto.

      • Anonymous

        Okay, that out of all the comments just made my day.


        If you put your thumb ontop of it, she doesn’t actually look that bad though…

      • J.saxamaphone

        OMG YES, WHERE’S CINNA WHEN YOU NEED HIM….dead…but still, he needs to come back from the grave for this one!

      • Bears, Beats, Battlestar Galactica

        Crispy, your comment made me shoot juice out of my nose. Hilarious!


        lol CINNA *spoiler alert* oops we should have told the capital that he would b needed to help this girl with her brow BEFORE THEY KILLED HIM!

      • Mena

        OMG this made my day! ahhh Cinna!! <3 <3 <3

      • Lillie

        Haha! Thts awesome! Seriously though, she despreatly needs him right now. Curse those butt wipes for makin him get dead then

    • Colleen

      Yeah I mean it makes sense in terms of District 12 and accuracy but it would just bother me the whole movie…

      • amanda

        she’s not in the whole movie

      • Shady

        I agree with you there. It will be very distracting. I hope she’s really good. I think she will be. And Amanda, you’re right that she isn’t in the whole movie, but she will be in all three, so it might be a problem for Prim fans

    • Heather P

      This is perfect. I’m sure Jennifer Lawrence’s eyebrows will be allowed to grow out too so her prep team can pluck them out.

  • reel_deal

    This is great bold unibrow…I mean casting…

  • Dianne

    Not to be superficial, but that is one significant unibrow. I hope they’re not coming into style or anything.

    • Abbey

      LOL on the “coming into style” crap

    • Lillie


  • ST

    She’s a kid, ease up. She looks like she’ll be a good fit for the part.

    • Dahlia

      She’s old enough to wear lipstick and mascara (or even false eyelashes). She’s old enough for a pair of tweezers.

  • CaptainDelicious

    Emma Roberts had a unibrow too, look how she turned out.

    • charlotte

      And Madonna’s daughter, Lourdes.

    • Liz Lemon

      Emma Roberts…that’s not a compliment.

  • Dari

    Um, I know she’s a kid and all, but I mean, a unibrow? It’s pretty significant.. Not to be all materialistic, but, please wax it for the movie…………………..

    • sarah

      i’m surprised they let that picture get taken. holy frida kahlo.

      • Jackie

        Your comment just reminded me of a line from ‘The Princess Diaries': “I love your eyebrows – we’ll call them Frida and Kahlo. If Brook Shields married Groucho Marx, that child would have your eyebrows.” I’m sure they’ll wax it or pluck it before filming.

      • Lizzie

        That was MY movie when I was 10!

      • Shady

        I’m kind of scared for her, cause when she is a teenager and everybody has seen that picture, chances are, she’ll be super embarrassed…

      • hal

        @Jackie HA! I love that part and isnt it funny her last name is shields also.

  • Chloe

    Wow, if you don’t conform to Hollywood beauty standards, you get in trouble! I think she’s gorgeous.

    • Chloe

      She looks like she’s a great fit for Prim.

      • Peeta pet

        Except the part where Prim is a cute little blonde blue-eyed girl. She should look as young and cute as Rue. And according to Gary Ross “It’s so exciting to find an amazing young actress like the one we just met,” So he JUST MET her? Man they really aren’t taking this casting serious at all are they. I still shudder every time I see Josh H.

      • jk

        I think you’re taking the phrase “just met” a little too seriously. He obviously means she’s a newcomer and he “just met” her through the audition process rather than already knowing her as a big celebrity. Lighten up, homie.

      • Beauty

        I’m with you Peeta Pet the way they are botching this casting I’m sure he really meant they JUST MET!

      • Abbey

        I agree with Peeta Pet on the “cute little blonde blue-eyed girl.” Though the “just met” part, I have to agree with JK on the “he obviously means she’s a newcomer” part. No offense to any1

    • Leslie

      It’s ridiculous. She’s a child, and yet she’s supposed to be grooming herself all day.

      • crispy

        Well, no, but I hear they often do that before, you know, taking a professional head shot!

      • jodipo

        really its not ridiculous. if my 12 year old had a unibrow she would be teased at achool and I would help her get rid of it, and she isn’t an aspiring actress. For this girl to have a unibrow is pretty unusual

      • Sarah

        This girl is 10, not 12. She sholdn’t have to worry about what her eyebrows looks like.

      • myles >_

        wow i thought prim would luk cute and inicent i didnt know she would luk like a sasquatch and b4 u other ppl say sumthing im 13 i can judge her prim dies and this is how the repay her :-\

    • rerun

      Nah, she ugly. She got a unibrow.

    • the_girl

      I agree, I think she’s cute. And I think the unibrow causes her to stand out, but for me its in a good way. She can always grow up to be the dysfunctional self-loathing young woman the rest of you would approve of.

    • Ms. Chanandler Bong

      That uni is beyond bagging on Hollywood and her standards.

    • Sarah

      Actually, I thought she was really pretty, too! She seems the right age and physique

  • Katerina

    Yes,because in District 12 they’re sitting all day in front of a mirror,making their eyebrows.. :p

    I really like her!

  • janet

    how old is she??

  • a.

    Good Lord, just when you think some of the posters here could not get any more shallow, they drain a little more out the kiddie pool. Willow Shields is lovely and has an innocent/intense look about her. I think she’s perfect.

    • Abbey

      Ur a really mean person, u know that?!?!?! If u don’t like the posting, then don’t post urself. People will say what they say, and although I really don’t like them bagging on the girl, there’s really nothing u or any1 else can do to stop them so don’t post about other ppl u’ve never met and WILL NEVER MEET just because u think they’r “shallow”. Ur pretty shallow, urself.

  • Kate

    Okay, the spookiest one, this girl looks exactly how I was always picturing Prim (hope she is ready to commit to the hair length for the length of the films – because of that last glimpse…

  • M.

    Jeez, she’s just a kid leave her alone. I think that she’s looks fine and I’m more than positive that ALL of the people posting here are simply gorgeous AND talented…right?. The point is, she’s lovely and talented AND in a movie and…you aren’t.

    • bob

      you aren’t in the movie, does that mean that your opinion doesn’t count? The grooming is more a reflection on her parents. Clean it up!

      • anonymous

        You aren’t a beautician or sylist, does that mean your opinion doesn’t count? Your comments are more a reflection of you. Stop judging by arbitraty beauty standards!

    • Blah

      And you know she is talented how?

      • Jenna

        Because she beat out a ton of big name actresses for the part.

  • Matt

    I like it. This is special casting that looks like a promise that they want to do it special and right! (with or without styling she will be Prim and pretty!)

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