Two of the new stars of the “Hunger Games” franchise are getting their time in the sun as the promotional blitz for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” begins. Sam Claflin (Finnick) and Jena Malone (Johanna) are featured in the September issue of Glamour magazine and they’ve got some insight on what exactly it took for them to land their parts in the movie.
Claflin admits he was surprised when he won the role of District 4’s male tribute. “Finnick is supposed to be this godlike creature. I remember sitting in the audition room and this kid walked in,” he says, “He was seriously one of the most handsome men I’ve ever seen. And I was just, ‘Nah, this is never going to happen.'”
It did happen though, and that’s when the work began. When asked about his diet to get into Finnick-shape for the movie, Claflin reveals, “I had chicken and asparagus every day for three months. My girlfriend was quite happy.” The girlfriend in question is now Claflin’s wife, Laura Haddock. The two tied the know July 30.
As for Malone, landing the role of Johanna Mason took a special something. “They wanted to find someone who didn’t just physicalize this character but could also scare people,” she says, “I don’t know what I did — I guess I scared the hell out of them.”
You can see a video from their interview and photo shoot below. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is in theaters November 22.