Katniss may be the Everdeen sister who must battle for her life in the arena, but the younger Prim grows up during the series, transforming from a vulnerable young girl struggling to survive in District 12 into a caretaker for her family while Katniss is away.
Thirteen-year-old actress Willow Shields is doing the same in the film adaptations as Prim, confidently carrying her poignant scenes opposite Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss. But as readers know, Prim’s expanding role in the series ultimately leads to a devastating scene in Mockingjay, which Shields admits she’s not yet sure how to handle.
In the meantime, however, Shields can be seen in the second installment, Catching Fire, tending to Gale’s (Liam Hemsworth) wounds and reassuring Katniss. The actress talked to EW about getting the part, her thoughts on Prim, and how Jennifer Lawrence coached her through the weighty role.
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