Josh Hutcherson: Waiting to Hear Back From ‘Hunger Games’ Audition Was ‘Brutal’

Amanda Hasaka / November 15, 2011

Actors are used the the waiting game, but for Josh Hutcherson’s Hunger Game audition, it was almost too much to handle!

The 19-year-old actor, who snagged the role as Peeta Mellark in the upcoming book series turned film, told Vanity Fair that he did a couple different “rigorous’ auditions (which both went well) but the time in between hearing back was “brutal.”

J-Hutch said:

“It was a very rigorous auditioning process. I’ve been a fan of the series for a little while now, and I went in and I met with Gary and Suzanne [Collins, the author of the Hunger Games books] and a couple of the producers initially, and I did a little audition. It was great, and I really hit it off with them and felt really good about it. And then a couple weeks went by, which were brutal. And then they brought me in to do a screen test, basically, with Jennifer, where I read with her. . . . And then I had to wait another couple of weeks or so before I found out that I got the part. And that was brutal, after doing a screen test. I think it was actually about a week and a half, [and] waiting to hear anything was just, like, ugh. Because I wanted it so badly, and all that time just lying there, waiting to see what happens, was pretty rough.”

He also talked about bonding with his co-star Jennifer Lawrence (who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen):

“[She] and I totally hit it off. We’re both very crazy people—we don’t really hold anything back. Which is really great. We were able to have a really good time, and not let anything get in the way of it looking stupid or anything like that. We probably look stupid like 99 percent of the time, but we have a good time doing it—so it’s worth it.”

For more on Josh’s interview, head over to VF’s website.

If you haven’t got into the Games yet, here’s the film’s official synopsis: “Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which ‘Tributes’ must fight with one another until one survivor remains.”

Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23, 2012. Will you head out to see it? Sound off in the comments!