You may know Willow Shields as Katniss’ younger sister Prim in The Hunger Games franchise, but in real life, the 14-year-old Albuquerque native is a fashion fanatic with an affinity for daring trends and statement-making red carpet looks. We caught up with the actress during the Mockingjay - Part 1 press tour to talk funny on-set stories, sitting front row at New York Fashion Week, and more, so keep reading for our latest instalment of 10 Questions.
What’s the best part about working on The Hunger Games franchise?
Being able to connect with the fans of the franchise and having the opportunity to play the same character for four films is amazing. You are able to grow up with your character, as well as continually discover new things about them.
Can you share any funny on-set stories?
Everyone on set jokes around so much! When Jen and I are on set together it's a blast. She's constantly trying to make me laugh, especially when we're filming serious, emotional scenes. We were filming a serious scene with Jeffrey Wright, Woody Harrelson, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Jen was making us laugh so much that Woody was in the corner of the room, lying on the ground, just dying.
Who is your dream co-star and why?
My dream co-star is someone like Meryl Streep or Angelina Jolie because they are both extremely talented leading ladies that I really look up to.
How would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is a mix of different things. I am 14 and still trying to figure out my personal style. I love coming up with interesting, casual everyday outfits. My style changes a lot and I'm ALWAYS trying new things!
What’s your first fashion memory?
I think for me it was the first Hunger Games premiere when I wore a Marc Jacobs dress! I was 11, and it was the first time I was really opened up to the world of fashion and I learned about so many different designers.
What’s your secret for dressing age-appropriate yet still fashion-forward?
That's the most difficult thing about style in Hollywood. I've found that you have to have people you trust to help guide you, but still have your own opinions and sense of style. You put both of those together and you can still be age-appropriate, fun, and true to yourself.
How do you approach dressing for the red carpet?
I get so excited about dressing for red carpet events, mostly because you actually have the opportunity to wear the pieces of art that designers have created. Every piece is amazing and beautiful, but I always want to make sure it's me and something that I can be confident in yet still keep age-appropriate.
You attended New York Fashion Week this year. Can you tell us a little about that experience?
NYFW was insane. It was my first time at Fashion Week and it was an incredible experience. It's like another world walking around New York. Being able to attend designers’ shows, see their wonderful work, and wear awesome clothes—that was priceless. The fun thing about Fashion Week is that it’s really an opportunity to take huge risks and dress in things you normally wouldn't wear!
Who are some of your fashion influences?
One of my favourites is Emma Watson. She's an example of someone who has grown up in the industry and been able to maintain a beautiful, classy sense of style. But as she's gotten older, she’s taken more risks that have really worked for her.
What’s the one clothing item you can’t live without?
I love hats, so I can't live without a beanie. It gets really cold in the winter where I live, so having a beanie that I can wear almost every day is ideal.
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