He’s acted in almost 40 films, but before last year you probably only knew Josh Hutcherson, 20, from his role as the son of a lesbian couple in 2010’s “The Kids Are All Right.” It wasn’t until getting cast as Peeta Mellark in “The Hunger Games” — one third of the Katniss-Gale-Peeta love triangle — that he became paparazzi-stalked and face-on-a-T-shirt famous. As he and the rest of the world gear up for November’s release of the trilogy’s second film, “Catching Fire,” the Kentucky native (who is, honestly, the nicest) talked to Glamour about costars, chemistry, and dating in Hollywood.
GLAMOUR: What was it like being back on set with everyone?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: Jennifer [Lawrence] and I were nervous about our new costars because we’re kind of crazy when we’re together, so it can be a little scary for the new people. But everybody jumped right in. It was a fun vibe on set.
GLAMOUR: You and Jennifer are friends in real life. Is it weird having to switch to a romantic relationship on-screen?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: It is. There are times when we’ve had to cut because we can’t get through a take without laughing.
GLAMOUR: So would you say it’s possible to be “just friends” with a woman?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: Absolutely, but there’s often a natural inclination to want more.
GLAMOUR: What are your feelings about dating costars? You met your girlfriend [actress Claudia Traisac] while filming the upcoming thriller “Paradise Lost.”
JOSH HUTCHERSON: As far as I’m concerned, you’re both actors, you understand each other’s lifestyle, so it’s a very natural thing to have happen.
GLAMOUR: Tell us, what is the most epic date that you’ve ever orchestrated?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: The girls I’ve dated hate me a little because I can’t remember anything about first dates or when we kissed. I have the worst memory in the world!
GLAMOUR: Your memory is used up from memorizing lines.
JOSH HUTCHERSON: That’s a good excuse. I think I’ll start using that!
GLAMOUR: We have to ask: Team Gale or Team Peeta?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: I’m definitely Team Peeta! But Katniss’s dilemma is very real — it’s hard to know who to choose when you admire two people who are so different. The love triangle gets played up a lot more in “Catching Fire.”
GLAMOUR: You’ve said you really identify with Peeta. Why?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: Katniss is an “I’ll just shoot somebody with an arrow” person, and Peeta is a “Let’s talk this through” kind of guy. I have his mind-set.
GLAMOUR: How do you handle the pressures of fame?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it. I have two-pointsomething million followers on Twitter, and if I say something, they all listen. It’s crazy! I shouldn’t be allowed that responsibility.
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