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osh Hutcherson is a new father … of an adorable 3-month-old puppy!
toofab has confirmed the 19-year-old star of “The Hunger Games” recently adopted a special needs pit bull named Driver.
Sasha Rose from Hands Paws Hearts in Lancaster, CA tells us they rescued Driver from the Downey Animal Shelter — but before Josh could adopt him from them, the pup had to undergo surgery to repair a broken femur.
Nineteen-year-old actor and equality advocate Josh Hutcherson will receive the Vanguard Award at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on April 21, it was announced today.
Josh Hutcherson leads the next generation in the movement for LGBT equality. In 2010, Hutcherson starred as the son of a lesbian couple in the critically acclaimed film The Kids Are All Right, which received a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Film – Wide Release, two Golden Globe Awards, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Hutcherson currently stars as Peeta Mellark in the blockbuster film The Hunger Games.
Hutcherson is one of the founders of the LGBT ally organization Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN), and has remained outspoken about why equality for LGBT people is important. In an interview with SamaritanMag.com, Hutcherson said, “We just launched [SBNN], and it’s a very exciting time for us and it hits close to home for me. I have a lot of gay friends in Los Angeles. My roommate’s gay and I lost two uncles when I was young to AIDS, so it’s an important cause in my family.”
Earlier this year, Hutcherson and fellow SBNN co-founder, actor Avan Jogia, met with Gay-Straight Alliance leaders at the GSA Network to film a video discussing the importance of GSA clubs in schools. In March, Hutcherson made a surprise appearance at a high school in Los Angeles where he spoke to GSA members about about the importance of being an ally for LGBT young people.
“Emerging as a leader in a new generation of equality advocates, Josh Hutcherson has consistently used his platform to help young people understand that no one should face discrimination simply because of who they are,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “Josh’s commitment to achieving equality for every American is a message he carries in his work both on screen and off, earning him the honor of being GLAAD’s youngest-ever Vanguard Award recipient.”
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He’s a Real-Life Peeta
“I’ve never connected with a character more than with Peeta,” said Hutcherson. “Like him, I’m not going to compromise my integrity for anybody.” And, he can bake, just like his character! “I do a really good French apple pie—the whole shebang, including the crust. And I made a couple of loaves of bread when I was visiting Kentucky, where I’m from.”
Surprise: He Loves Women’s Shoes
“I really love women’s shoes—I think they’re very sexy. So whenever I go into Bloomingdale’s, I head to the women’s shoe section and think, Hmm, maybe I’ll get my next girlfriend a pair of those.” And he doesn’t just buy for his loves: “I always buy my mom Louboutins or Jimmy Choos for her birthday. I have a pretty good sense of style, all in all. Once I figure out a woman, I know what she should wear—which comes in very handy when you have a mom and girlfriends. You can always make them happy with a nice bag or a pair of pumps.”
He Wants a ‘Feisty Girl’
“I have a Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight,” said Hutcherson. “It’s a new model designed to look like an old-school ’60s one.” And he wants a girl he can ride with: “I like feisty girls who can really hang with the guys. So, yes, she’s got to be willing to hop on the back of the steel horse! Sorry, but that’s a must.”
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Collider.com sat down with Josh recently, during the press period for “Detention”, to talk about his strangely hipster horror flick, high school, stunt work, his favourite teen movies, his role as an executive producer on the set, learning to ride a unicycle, “The Hunger Games” success, and comments on the (then) rumours of Gary Ross directing the sequel, “Catching Fire”. (Note: at this time, Ross had not yet rejected to direct the second film in the franchise; Josh was just expressing his interest at having Ross as the director the second time around.)
A handful of new promotional images from the “Detention” film have been added to the galleries.
So, how happy are you with the box office for The Hunger Games?
I’m very happy. I’m very excited. I didn’t expect it, that’s for sure. It’s super-exciting. I just love making movies. The fact that people actually watch them, is just a bonus, I feel like. It allows me to keep on making movies. It’s pretty exciting.
Has that balance between big budget films, like Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and The Hunger Games, and independent films, like The Kids Are All Right and Detention, been intentional?
It’s very intentional, yeah. I think that the most important thing to having a long career, as an actor, is diversity and being able to play different types of characters in different types of movies. I want to keep acting, all my life. In order to do that, I think it is important to go and do the bigger tentpole box office movies, and then also do more character roles. They’re a lot of fun, too. I would never get to play Clapton Davis in a big-budget studio film. There are a lot of characters that you can get into that don’t exist in the studio world.
What was your experience in high school like? Do you see this film as a commentary on what high school is like?
I didn’t go to high school, so I don’t have a high school experience. I was home-schooled during high school. But, I think this movie just speaks to how kids can be really mean. Now, more than ever, bullying has come under the radar of actually being a problem in schools and people are trying to stand up against bullying. I think this movie just speaks to that world and how mean can be sometimes in school.
Being an executive producer, were you involved with the casting for the role of Riley (Shanley Caswell)?
I was sent tapes. I wasn’t in town, or else I would have been. As an executive producer, (director) Joseph [Kahn] was definitely more than happy to have me involved with the casting process, which was great because I had never really been involved with that part of making a movie before and I’d always wanted to be. It was a really cool first time, for me.
From the beginning of the movie, you can tell that Clapton and Riley have a history prior to these events taking place. How did you work on that and create that chemistry?
More than anything, Riley and Clapton had had not really a relationship before, but they been really good friends, for a long time. That was easy for us because, even though we had just met each other, we became fast friends, so it was easy to play that part of it. It was one of those things where you have a best friend for your entire life, since kindergarten, and then, all of a sudden, you have that moment where you go, “Oh, my god, I think I’m in love with this person!”
What was the biggest challenge of taking on the role of executive producer, at such a young age?
I’ve just grown up on movie sets, since I was nine years old. For someone like Joseph, who’s come from a music video and commercial-heavy background, to have one of his actors be more well-versed in the film world, helps as a liaison between the two worlds. I’m grateful that Joseph put that kind of faith in me because it was hard enough for me to put that faith in myself. I’ve always wanted to get behind the camera, so for him to give me my first opportunity to do that was incredible.
How grueling of a shoot was this?
It was hard work. And, the scenes were all so crazy that you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into, every day, when you came into work, which was also part of the excitement.
What did you think, when you read this script?
It was so wild! It was extremely crazy. The movie is insane, and I felt the script was even more crazy. The reason why I was attracted to it was because of that. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. So many times, I read the same script, just with different little pieces, over and over again. This was a whole new way of making a movie, and that was one of the biggest things that attracted me to it.
Do you think that will make the film a tough sell?
Yes, I do, actually. It is harder to sell. People ask me what the one-sentence pitch is for it, and I don’t have one. There literally isn’t one. When I watched it, I didn’t even know what I thought of it, at first. I liked it, but I didn’t know how to describe it to somebody. It’s just very different. That’s what makes it so unique, but at the same time, that does make it a challenge, commercially.
What was it like to learn to ride on a unicycle for this?
That was a cool experience and something I never thought I would ever do. I actually got really good at unicycling. I could go for awhile, turn and then come back down. It’s crazy! It was a pretty fun experience. I had a unicycle in my trunk, for the two months that we were filming. It was cool.
Did you get to do your own stunts for the finale, or did they bring in stunt people?
It was a combo. There were some things where they had stunt guys working with us. But, we all had to do the fight training and work on the choreography to get that all down. It was tough. It was pretty physical. There was a lot of slamming onto the ground and slamming into the lockers and throwing punches. It was pretty physically demanding.
What did you personally take away from the experience of making Detention?
For me, the message of the film was something that I took away from it. Everybody has their own problems. No matter how big you think yours are, there is someone else that has bigger problems or different problems. That’s the biggest thing that I learned from this film, or had reinstated in me, for sure.
What are your own favorite teen movies?
The Breakfast Club is really good. Pretty in Pink is really good. I love Donnie Darko. That’s one of my favorite movies ever, but it’s not really a teen movie. I’ve watched that movie about nine million times.
Do you think the success of The Hunger Games will really help this film get some attention?
I hope so! We tried to sell this movie for a long time, and tried to find the right fit for us, distribution wise. I think we found it and are going about this, at the right time. It just so happens to be after The Hunger Games, which definitely helps quite a bit.
Would you suggest Joseph Kahn for the job of directing Catching Fire?
I would not. First and foremost, because Gary [Ross] is my guy, 100%, through and through, and also because I don’t think Joseph would really fit into that world.
Do you hope that Gary Ross will come back?
Oh, for sure! There’s not much doubt in my mind that he’ll be doing it. I think so. I don’t think there’s a chance at all that he wouldn’t do it. He killed the first one. He absolutely knocked it out of the park. Everyone who worked with him loved him. Myself and Jennifer [Lawrence] and all of the other cast members loved him. I couldn’t imagine making the movie without him. That’s what I have to say about that. There was no official statement made. There are a lot of different ways that you negotiate in movies. There are different tactics, for sure.