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Katniss has always been a reluctant participant. Now she’s more proactive…
Mockingjay 2 is kind of the first time that Katniss takes on this role of the Mockingjay beyond the reason of she wanted to save her sister and outside of saving her own skin. She now sees that it’s affecting the future. If I were to describe her with one word – which I didn’t have to because you didn’t ask me to – I think that she gets to a point where she’s really just numb, because she really doesn’t care if she lives or dies. She’s focused on making a better future.
This film finally resolves the love triangle. What did that element add to the story for you?
I went back and forth with that, because it was something that kind of annoyed me at the beginning. But these children are growing up in a time when even just having a crush, or even having a first kiss, can’t be done because they have to focus on survival. They have to focus on a war. It’s so different from our reality, where we grow up. Fortunately in this part of the world, you can have a crush, and you can go in the woods, and you can kiss, and you can focus on boys… I think it’s more of an example of how sad and how difficult this particular time is for them, when they can’t even have that luxury of a first kiss.
What was the highlight of these four films for you?
The highlight was meeting my two best friends.
Do you have plans to keep in touch with Josh and Liam?
It’s like, “Do you guys have an annual reunion?” No, we just text each other every day and see each other weekly! We don’t overthink it.
Did you keep a souvenir from the movies?
I kept some Mockingjay pins and some rehearsal bows and my Catching Fire bow.