If Josh Hutcherson’s portrayal of Peeta—the District 12 tribute whose affections for baked goods are surpassed only by his love for fellow Games player Katniss Everdeen—seems perfectly effortless, there’s a reason. According to the stars of the March 23 release, Josh is the cast member most like the character he portrays.
“Josh. Josh is Peeta,” Jennifer confirmed, when posed the fan question from @RealOrNotReal. “He’s charming, he’s nice, he’s very real and down to earth, he’s not fake in any way. He just can charm anyone and anything.”
And, in a mature bit of self-awareness, Josh himself copped to the uncanny likeness.
“Oh, God, this is going to sound so stupid: Me, because I have literally never read a character, book or script or anything that has a character in it I connected with more than Peeta,” he said. “I feel like so much of who I am is Peeta. It drove me crazy during the audition process, because I was like, “This is so me, it hurts. If I don’t get this, I’m not even good at being me, so now what am I? I have no idea what to do next.”
Gosh, glad he landed that role!