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‘The Hunger Games’: Where Are They Now?

Next month, ‘The Hunger Games’ movie is turning ten years old. So, what have the actors been doing since then?
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The Hunger Games was a sensation that took the world by storm around the same time Harry Potter was ending. While there were other young adult book adaptations at the time, The Hunger Games franchise was probably the most influential and popular.

Can you believe it’s been ten years since the first movie came out? I sure can’t. I remember watching the trailers with friends and getting so excited. It still feels like yesterday that Mockingjay – Part 2 was in theaters. What are the actors who played these characters up to now?

Alexander Ludwig: Cato

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Before playing Cato in The Hunger Games, he starred in Race to Witch Mountain opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and AnnaSophia Robb. Since The Hunger Games first premiered, Ludwig has been active in the film, television, and music industries.

After the franchise, Ludwig moved on to star in seasons two through six of Vikings as Björn Ironside. He also appeared in Grown Ups 2, Final Girl, and Night Teeth. Ludwig is also set to star in an upcoming Guy Ritchie film. He’s currently starring opposite Stephen Amell in Heels. Ludwig also recently signed with a country music record label and released his debut EP.

Wes Bentley: Seneca Crane

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He was only in the first movie, but Wes Bentley’s portrayal of Seneca Crane has stayed with me. I think it’s the beard. But either way, his stint in The Hunger Games is just another credit on his fairly long list. He’s been in quite a few films that were big when they came out.

Bentley is currently starring in Yellowstone as Jamie Dutton, and his most recent film credit was in 2019’s The Best of Enemies as Floyd Kelly. He also appeared in Final Girl with Alexander Ludwig, Interstellar, and voiced a character in Blade Runner: Black Lotus.

See related: ‘Harry Potter’ Actors: Where Are They Now?

Julianne Moore: President Alma Coin

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Julianne wasn’t a newcomer to acting when she booked the role of District 13 President Alma Coin, and she hasn’t slowed down a bit since then. In addition to her acting, she’s been a political activist for years and is a children’s author (her first book was published in 2007).

Moore might not have won awards for her role in Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2, but she’s got plenty of trophies to fill her shelves anyway. She also likes to keep her personal life out of the public eye, so all Moore has let the public see is that she’s been married to Bart Freundlich since 2003. They have two children.

Since Mockingjay – Part 2, Julianne has had tons of acting credits. Her more recent notable roles are in The Woman in the Window, Dear Evan Hansen, The Glorias, and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Moore is also set to appear in the upcoming movie Sharper in an undisclosed role.

Amandla Stenberg: Rue

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Amandla Stenberg’s second film role was as Rue in The Hunger Games. Since then, they’ve excelled in acting in young adult book adaptations, been praised for their activism, and come out as gay. Stenberg uses she/her and they/them pronouns. When Black Panther was being cast, Amandla dropped out of the running for Shuri because they wanted to see a dark-skinned actress in the role instead.

Their other notable roles since The Hunger Games were in Everything, Everything; Dear Evan Hansen; and The Darkest Minds. Stenberg will also star in The Acolyte and Bodies, Bodies, Bodies. They also appeared in Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” music video. I can’t wait to see what else they do in the next few years after seeing them grow up these last ten years.

Jeffrey Wright: Beetee Latier

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If you loved Jeffrey Wright in Catching Fire or the Mockingjay movies, get excited because his upcoming roles are just as significant. Before I get to that, though, let’s talk about what he’s done in the last ten years. Wright voiced Poppa Henry in The Good Dinosaur and reprised his role as Felix Leiter for the third time in last year’s No Time to Die.

He also recently voiced The Watcher in Marvel’s What If…?, McWinkle in the Green Eggs and Ham television series, Isaac Dixon in The Last of Us Part II video game, and a few audio productions of The Sandman and Batman. He’ll play James Gordon to Robert Pattison’s The Batman this year. He’s also currently filming two movies, Asteroid Boy and Rustin.

Philip Seymour Hoffman: Plutarch Heavensbee

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Sadly, Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away while he was filming Mockingjay – Part 2 when he died, making it his last film. He had a few scenes left, but they were rewritten and reworked to honor his memory and allow for filming to finish. One scene, in particular, was changed to be a bit more emotional for the actress and the audience that knew he had passed. The Part 2 scene where Katniss reads a letter from Plutarch were actually lines he had come up with to say to her in the scene.

Before his death, he was well-loved by friends, coworkers, family, and fans. Hoffman was in the industry for about 22 years and was in 55 movies, 25 theatre productions, and six television shows, including the unaired pilot of Happyish that was recast after his death.

Willow Shields: Primrose Everdeen

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While Shields was considered a popular actress after Mockingjay – Part 2 premiered, she hasn’t had as many credits as the other actors on this list. She’s been in three movies since the last film: Into the Rainbow, Woodstock or Bust, and The Unsettling.

Shields was the youngest competitor ever on Dancing with the Stars at age 14 during Season 20. Her most recent role was in Spinning Out, playing Kaya Scodelario’s sister.

Jena Malone: Johanna Mason

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Jena Malone has tended to keep her personal life private since her split from her partner in 2019. But she’s been pretty busy otherwise with acting roles. She even made an appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but you’d only know if you watched the Ultimate Edition of it since her scenes as Jenet Klyburn were cut.

Her other recent roles include Ruby in The Neon Demon, Angie Bower in Stardust, and Dolores in Lorelei. Malone is also a series regular on Goliath, playing Samantha Margolis, and appeared in six episodes of Too Old to Die Young. She will be voicing Zeta in the upcoming show Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.

Sam Claflin: Finnick Odair

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Catching Fire was only Sam Claflin’s third film role, but you wouldn’t be able to tell with how comfortably he slipped into character as fan-favorite Finnick. His two roles before the film were in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Shortly after Mockingjay – Part 2, he reprised his Snow White role in The Huntsman: Winter’s War. Claflin also starred as Will Traynor in the heartbreaking Me Before You. He also appeared in Netflix’s Enola Holmes, starred in a season of Peaky Blinders, and will star in the upcoming adaptation of Daisy Jones & The Six.

Stanley Tucci: Caesar Flickerman

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Did you know Stanley Tucci met his wife at Emily Blunt’s wedding? And did you know he married Blunt’s sister, Felicity, the same year his first appearance as Caesar premiered? Because I didn’t until now. In addition to learning that, I found out he was in movies I’d watched without realizing it was him.

He portrayed Dionysus (Mr. D) in the failed Percy Jackson movies, Maestro Cadenza in the live-action Beauty and the Beast, and Chester King in The King’s Man. He reprised his role in Marvel’s What If…? Tucci is currently filming I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

Lenny Kravitz: Cinna

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Since he made a mark on audiences as Cinna, Lenny Kravitz has continued acting and making music. After his appearance in Catching Fire, he released two albums: Strut and Raise Vibration. He also released a furniture line with CB2 (and it looked amazing).

Kravitz has also done three tours since Catching Fire. His most recent acting credits include Holy Ghost in 2014, Better Things in 2016, and Star in 2016. He’s also set to play in Shotgun Wedding later this year. Kravitz is also a massive supporter of his daughter, Zoë.

Donald Sutherland: President Coriolanus Snow

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He might have portrayed a horrific character, but it seems like Donald Sutherland is nothing like that in real life. In fact, many coworkers and friends have said he’s a great person, with critics saying he should have been at least nominated for an Oscar already.

Sutherland has been acting for almost 60 years, and his list of credits is way too long to go through right now. But here are some of my favorites since Mockingjay – Part 2. Sutherland was in Milton’s Secret, Measure of a Man, Ad Astra, and this year’s Moonfall. He’s also filming Mr. Harrigan’s Phone.

Elizabeth Banks: Effie Trinket

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If you don’t recognize her as Effie, I sure hope you recognize her as Gail from Pitch Perfect or Lindsay from Wet Hot American Summer. Here’s to hoping she reprises her role as Gail to save the upcoming Pitch Perfect show. Since finishing filming for The Hunger Games franchise, Banks has continued to raise her two children with her husband.

Banks also went on to take on various film roles, including Rita Repulsa in 2017’s Power Rangers, Rebekah Bosley in Charlie’s Angels, and Jenny in The Happytime Murders. She also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2015 and currently hosts Press Your Luck. Banks is also producing the upcoming series DC Super Hero High.

Woody Harrelson: Haymitch Abernathy

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While he’s been acting since 1985, Woody Harrelson hasn’t slowed down for a minute. After The Hunger Games franchise wrapped, he appeared in many big movies. Shortly after Mockingjay – Part 2, he was in The Edge of Seventeen and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

He also starred in the two Now You See Me movies. In addition, Harrelson has directed many stage and screen productions. In his personal life, he is married to Laura Louie (a cofounder of Yoganics), has three daughters, loves chess, and practices Ju-Jitsu.

Liam Hemsworth: Gale Hawthorne

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We already know about his relationship with Miley Cyrus that resulted in a divorce in 2019, and his brother’s success as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But other than that, most of his personal life has been under wraps.

After The Hunger Games, Liam starred in Independence Day: Resurgence, Isn’t It Romantic, and Most Dangerous Game. The TV series Most Dangerous Game is based on the 1924 short story by Richard Connell, and season two is on the way.

Josh Hutcherson: Peeta Mellark

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Josh Hutcherson’s career took off after The Hunger Games. The same year the first movie came out, he reprised his role as Sean in the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel. He also voiced Nod in the animated film Epic, which I’ve unfortunately found not many people watched.

In his personal life, he’s been an activist for the LGBTQ+ community. He also has said that he prefers not to label his sexuality and was awarded the Vanguard Award from GLAAD for his work with the organization. He cited Philip Seymour Hoffman as one of his inspirations for acting.

Jennifer Lawrence: Katniss Everdeen

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The Mockingjay herself has gone on to have a diverse portfolio of film roles, but only one has come close to her role as Katniss Everdeen. Lawrence won 25 awards for her portrayal of Katniss in all four The Hunger Games movies.

Lawrence’s other notable role was as Mystique (AKA Raven) in four X-Men films: First Class, Days of Future Past, Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix. She recently starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Don’t Look Up. Lawrence will also produce and star in Red, White and Water.

In her personal life, she married Cooke Maroney, an art gallery owner, in 2019. They are expecting their first child together right now. How funny would it be if their baby was born on the 10-year anniversary of the first The Hunger Games movie?