Josh Hutcherson Talks Peeta and Katniss in ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel

June 19, 2013 8:32 am

Let the games begin!

Josh Hutcherson phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest to share he’ll be playing hoops once again for the 2nd Annual Josh Hutcherson Celebrity Basketball Game benefitting Straight But Not Narrow as well as what we can expect from the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The 21-year-old actor, who just returned from shooting Paradise Lost alongside Benicio Del Toro in Panama, shared: “I think in [Catching Fire] the story kind of opens up a lot. There’s a lot more interesting plots that start to develop and everything kind of thickens and we sort of just up the overall feel of the movie.”

“I mean, we kept the same idea of the first with the whole world,” Josh adds. “But we kind of bumped it up a little and made it a little more immersive, but it’s really great. [And] we stayed true to the book as always.”

And along with Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, Josh revealed we can expect some new faces in the sequel. “We got some amazing actors to come in [like] Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was pretty incredile to work with all these guys.”

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With the first movie leaving us wondering how Josh’s character, Peeta, and Katniss’ relationship will play out, we had to ask, what can fans expect with their relationship this time around?

“I can’t divulge any kind of plot details, but it’s up and down. Katniss and Peeta’s relationship is very complicated. It has a lot of little things that need to be worked out, but it’s good. People, I think, will be very satisfied with it.”

And speaking of on-screen relationships, Josh dished on what it’s like to kiss someone for “work.”

“I’d say there’s a natural stirring that happens in your body,” the actor laughs. “If you’re in the moment and you’re in the scene, then naturally whatever naturally happens is what’s supposed to happen.”

And aside from playing a game on-screen, the actor also has a love for another kind off-screen … the game of basketball!

Josh, who is throwing his 2nd Annual Celebrity Basketball game, which benefits Straight But Not Narrow at the Nike Basketball 3ON3 Tournament, revealed that although he’s short, he’s still got mad game.

“That’s actually one of my strengths on the court is that I’m very underwhelming looking. So when I have any kind of skill, they’re like, ‘Little white kid, he can play basketball? What went wrong there?'”

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As for the celebrity game, Josh explains that it benefits Straight But Not Narrow,” a charity that “myself and a few of my friends started to help raise awareness amongst the straight and gay communities about being a straight ally to the LGBT community.”

To attend the event, which goes down August 9 at LA Live, head to to buy tickets beginning Wednesday, June 19, at 10 a.m.

And for a chance to win a VIP experience with Josh, as well as make a PSA with him for the organization, click here!

Catch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in theaters on November 22.