Leven Rambin, the actress who will play District 1 Tribute Glimmer in The Hunger Games movie was recently interviewed by Interview magazine.
SYMONDS: Do you prepare differently for TV than for film?
RAMBIN: I definitely am more into intimidated by film, just because it’s a definitive beginning and end. With TV, your character can change forms and colors and shapes a million times. Personalities—your character can develop over several seasons, or over one season, however long the show lasts. So I think that is more comfortable for me, knowing that I have a lot of creative room. But for movies—for The Hunger Games especially—I’m more intimidated. First of all, it has a lot of fans built in. It has other amazing actors already built in. So I’m just going through the process of training, and just gearing up for a responsibility like this. I’m really, really happy about it.
SYMONDS: I’m really looking forward to seeing you play that role. So, you’ve read the books, I assume?
RAMBIN: I am such a big fan. I tried to get every one of my friends to read it. A lot of my friends had already read it, and that’s why I picked it up, because they were all talking about it. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t stop. I was constantly reading it: on airplanes, at dinner, I was reading it under the table. Just in love. I was always like, “Did you hear what happened this week in Hunger Games?” Like it was like a soap opera that only I would enjoy.
It was so vivid in my mind, and the descriptions of every character and every scenario are so descriptive. You really do have this ideal in your mind of who these people are and what they’re going through. Suzanne Collins is so talented that she just fills everyone out. That’s why people are so passionate about the casting, because she is so specific in the books, and she is so descriptive. You really become attached to that figment that you have in your mind about the character. I’m really happy that the fans seem to accept me as Glimmer. I’m really excited that they are supportive of me.
SYMONDS: You had read the series before you were even cast?
RAMBIN: Yes. I was like, “Whoa, I’m auditioning for Hunger Games?” That’s like my dream come true. That’s like a Trekkie auditioning for Star Trek. I was a total fan about it. I think the director saw my passion and saw my excitement for the project, and it worked in my favor.
Read the rest of the interview here.