Hailee Steinfeld On ‘Hunger Games’ Role: It ‘Would Definitely Be An Honor’

If you’re a teenage actress with brunette locks and plenty of pluck, it’s likely your name has been thrown into the metaphorical arena for the role of Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of Suzanne Collins’ YA novel “The Hunger Games,” which is being adapted for the big screen. From Kaya Scodelario to Hollywood Crush BFF Malese Jow, there is no shortage of candidates for the much-talked about part. One of the newest actresses gaining buzz is 14-year-old Hailee Steinfeld, who stars alongside Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges in the upcoming Western “True Grit.” When MTV’s Josh Horowitz sat down to chat with the young actress, he just had to find out what she thought about a role in “The Hunger Games.”

As it turns out, Hailee is already a fan of the post-apocalyptic series. “I read the first one—I was in the middle of the second one, and I kind of felt like—I kind of have to read it every time I have a spare moment—and I kind of felt like I was missing something. So I’m rereading the first one just so I can make sure that I get everything. But they’re kind of an incredible book series,” she said.

When Josh pressed about what Hailee thought of fans recommending her for the role, she said she hadn’t even heard the chatter! “That’s definitely an honor,” she said. “I didn’t even realize that people were mentioning my name. And, again, it’s every actor’s dream to be recognized for something that they love to do, and to get recognized for that is pretty amazing. I thank the people out there who think that. That would definitely be an honor.”

While Hailee is a couple years younger than 16-year-old Katniss, we think she’s certainly a great option for the role. I mean, if you can go toe-to-toe with Matt Damon onscreen, wielding a bow and arrow should be no sweat!

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