Vanity Fair Hunger Games Cast Photo Released, New Details on Their Reactions to Being Cast

Remember that Vanity Fair Photo Shoot, some of the tributes teased about?  Well the first photo from the shoot has just appeared on Vanity Fair’s website and it’s interactive and we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

The photo showcases not only the key trio of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, but many of the key tributes as well, Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove), Jack Quaid (Marvel,) Jackie Emerson (Foxface), Dayo Okeniyi (Threhs), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Leven Rambin (Glimmer), and Alexander Ludwig (Cato).

When you check out the photo on Vanity Fair’s site, you will find it’s an interactive photo, just hover your mouse of the cast members faces to have information on the actor, their character in the film, and tidbits about getting cast for their respective roles.  Here are just a few tidbits:

Liam Hemsworth: (Gale)On landing the part: “I’d heard about how popular the books were, but I wasn’t quite aware of how dark and gritty the story was. It started me thinking and asking questions like, Could something like this actually happen to us one day? When you think about the fast-growing popularity of reality TV today, and the crazy premise of many of the reality-TV shows that are currently on the air, is it really that far off for us to consider something like this being possible? I think it’s a mind-blowing thing to think about.”

Jennifer Lawrence: (Katniss) On landing the part:“I auditioned, which was a long process and a lot of improv. And then waited a month or something, where I was convinced I didn’t have it—then I got the phone call while I was in London. I was then terrified. I knew it was going to be huge, and that’s scary. I called my mom. She said, ‘This is a script that you love, and you’re thinking about not doing it because of the size of it?’ And I [didn’t] want to not do something because I’m scared, so I said yes. And I’m so happy that I did.”

Josh Hutcherson: (Peeta) On landing the part: “I got to meet [Hunger Games author] Suzanne Collins at the first meeting, which was very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. But I had a great read-through, and then came back to do a test screening a few weeks later. I also hit it off with Jen—the chemistry between the two of us really worked. A couple of weeks went by where I couldn’t say a single word about it … then I got the call. It still didn’t even hit me, until I walked on set for the first day.”

Amandla Stenberg: (Rue) On landing the part: “I showed up to my audition with Gary wearing a muddy T-shirt and khakis. In my hair were twigs and leaves, as if I had been living in the woods for weeks. … [Gary] joked that I came with my own hair-and-wardrobe team.”

Jack Quaid:(Marvel) On landing the part: “I was home for spring break, and I went in to read for the movie. It was the first time I’ve ever been asked to choose a weapon at an audition. I was given a choice between a Nerf crossbow, a plastic butcher knife, and a stick. I chose the knife.”

Isabelle Fuhrman: (Clove) On landing the part: “I loved the Hunger Games series since I first read the books over a year ago. When it was announced that Gary Ross [would] direct, I wrote him a letter telling him how much I wanted to do the movie. Originally, I went in for the role of Katniss, but I was told that I was too young. So I thought it was over. A few weeks later, my manager called and said they wanted me to come in and read for the role of Clove. … I never expected to get the role, so you can imagine my shock when I got the call that I got it!