With the release of the fourth and final movie of the ‘Hunger Games’ series, 23-year-old Josh Hutcherson is hotter than ever. Whether he is vying for Katniss as Peeta Mellark or escaping reality through the bridge to Terabithia, the baby-faced actor has won the hearts of thousands of adoring fans. Before buying your ticket to “The Hunger Game: Mockingjay Part 2,” check out these 10 fun facts about the star!
10. The actor celebrated his 23rd birthday in October, but decided to swap the cake for lots of gore. For the past two years Hutcherson has celebrated his big day by attending Universal Studio’s “Hollywood Horror Nights” with a group of friends. This year, the attraction featured 6 terrifying mazes based off of scary movies and TV shows like AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” and the classic “Halloween.”
9. Since the beginning of the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise, Hutcherson has done roughly 1,700 interviews for the brand! While on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the actor calculated the number based off of four press tours, seven press junkets, and approximately 60 interviews in each city. Sometimes he and his fellow co-stars would have to sit through six hours of interviews and answer the same questions multiple times. Although he says it can get monotonous, he also said it can be a lot of fun.
8. Forget Spanish or Italian; Josh’s second language is Gibberish. When he was younger, he and a childhood friend invented their own form of the nonsense language in order to talk about inappropriate things in front of adults. He has broken out his hidden talents during interviews with Jimmy Fallon and for his movie “Journey 2,” and it is actually quite impressive! Very cool!
7. During an interview on The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, Josh revealed an easter egg from part one of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.’ In the scene where Peeta and Katniss are entering the arena, the top of the archway reads: “PDL 736.” The acronym stands for 736 Ponce de Leone Avenue, and is actually the address for an underground hip-hop club in Atlanta that the cast would frequent during filming.
6. Move over, Hannibal Lecter. In an interview with GQ Magazine, Hutcherson revealed that he was interested in the idea of cannibalism. He says that if someone were to donate their body to science or die of natural causes, then he would like to experience the taste. Weird, but true.
5. If you’ve seen any of ‘The Hunger Games’ movies, you’ve probably noticed Hutcherson’s blonde hair. Even though viewers are huge fans of the blonde locks, the actor sincerely hates having to dye his naturally brown hair. He mentions altering his natural color takes a lot of work, and makes his hair extremely brittle. Now that the movies are completed, he will be spending a lot less on conditioner!
4. As you might expect, the 23-year-old heartthrob has an extensive fan base. One year Hutcherson returned home to Union, Kentucky, to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family. A mom and her two daughters drove over 10 hours from Ohio to try and catch the actor at home, and they did! Josh says the girls started crying which made him feel both sympathetic and uncomfortable.
3. As if there weren’t already enough reasons to love him, Josh is an avid supporter of LGBTQ rights. He works closely with the non-profit group Straight But Not Narrow, an organization that works to help change the perception of the LGBTQ’s. In 2012, he became the youngest recipient of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, a special recognition for an entertainment star who has made a difference in promoting equal rights for the LGBTQ community.
2. Unfortunately, Hutcherson is off the market. The ‘Hunger Games’ star dates Spanish actress Claudia Traisac, who he met on the set of their movie ‘Escobar: Paradise Lose.’ The two are currently long distance, but traveling and Face-timing help make it work.
1. To play the part of Peeta Mellark, Hutcherson had to put on 15 pounds of muscle! He said the hardest part was having to eat more. His trainers put him on a diet with lots of chicken, fish and vegetables that added up to 4,000 calories per day! The actor said that all of the healthy choices “[were] never even exciting food.” You can see the results for yourself in any of ‘The Hunger Games’ movies!