Leven Rambin Talks Hunger Games, Percy Jackson and Chasing Mavericks

TeenVogue.com recently had an interview with Leven Rambin, who played Glimmer in The Hunger Games for the promotion of her recently-released movie, Chasing Mavericks. She also talked about the Percy Jackson sequel where she will be portraying Clarisse.

Next up, you have the Percy Jackson movie. What’s your role in that?
“I play Clarisse La Rue, who’s the opposite of Kim and any character I’ve played. She’s the daughter of Ares, the God of War; she’s a bully and she’s mean, tough, and smart. She doesn’t let anyone get in her way, and if you are in her way, she’ll squash you like a bug. She sees Percy as a threat and goes after him.”

It seems like you gravitate toward playing women who are both physically and emotionally strong. Why is that important to you?
“I’m lucky that people have written these cool, strong roles for young women. They’ve managed to picture me in that vein, and I’m happy because I’ve never been the damsel in distress. I’ve never been the wilting flower. I’ve never been the girl who’s subservient to a man. It’s been difficult to find roles that are independent, strong, and self-assured; I always say I can’t play the princess. I’m not a pretty princess! I’m a tomboy.”

Do you think this is why The Hunger Games resonated with so many girls?
“Exactly. Katniss is a great example of this wave of strong young women. Jennifer Lawrence has strength, confidence, and self-assurance, and it’s important to young people who idolize her.”

Read more: TeenVogue.com

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