Katniss and Prim’s close relationship in The Hunger Games is a crucial element to the story and Katniss’ journey as the Mockingjay. And it has always seemed like Jennifer Lawrence and Willow Shields share a strong off-screen friendship as well. Willow recently spoke with InStyle Magazine and People’s Choice.com about Prim’s evolution in Mockingjay, working with Jennifer, and being like siblings in real life.
On Prim’s role in Mockingjay:
I feel like Prim has become even stronger in Mockingjay and more sophisticated in different ways,” said Shields. “She’s now living in District 13 and she’s training to be a doctor already at the age of 14. She’s really become a strong person and she’s kind of followed in her sister’s footsteps in that way.”
Willow also talked about Jennifer’s work ethic and attitude on set:
“People always talk about how Jen’s so funny, and she is. She lightens the serious on-set mood in a great way,” Shields says. “But they don’t see the fact that when they say ‘action,’ she’s serious about her work and portraying her character the right way. I love that about her—it’s inspiring that she can balance having fun on set while also being serious.”
When asked about what it was like to wrap the movies, it was a similar sentiment we’ve heard other cast members share. “It was very emotional,” she said. “We’re a big family and it’s hard for us to not be working together for months at a time.” But even though Willow and Jennifer have wrapped The Hunger Games for good, Willow is happy to say that they are still close and like real-life sisters. Or maybe even a motherly relationship?
“[Jennifer] was recently talking to me about my friends and I was like, ‘I think I want to go do something with my friends,’ and she was like, ‘Are any boys going to be there? If there are, I have to go with you Willow,’ recalled Shields.
“She really is like a sister to me, and when my mom’s not traveling with me, she’s like a mom to me,” Shields says. “She’s so protective over me, and somehow we’ve become even closer while filming Mockingjay, which I didn’t know was possible!”
Read more of Willow’s interviews here and here.