‘The Hunger Games’ Cast: Then and Now (PHOTOS)
If you’ve ever wondered what the stars of The Hunger Games and their careers looked like prior to the franchise’s blockbuster debut in 2012, the odds are ever in your favor.
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We volunteered as tribute and rounded up photos of six of the actors pre-Hunger, at the first film’s premiere, and nowadays — and we’ve loaded this page with intel on their other projects, both personal and professional. And we’ll start with the Girl on Fire...
Though not a household name before picking up Katniss Everdeen’s bow, Jennifer starred on The Bill Engvall Show from 2007 to 2009 and nabbed a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in 2010’s Winter’s Bone.
Since then, J.Law’s collaborations with director David O. Russell and co-star Bradley Cooper — Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle — gave her two more Oscar noms and one win. Their third collab, Joy, comes out at Christmas.
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You may have also seen the 25-year-old in a little superhero franchise called X-Men. Her (presumed) last film in the series, X-Men: Apocalypse, hits theaters in May.
Prior to grabbing the role of Peeta Mellark, Josh was a familiar face in family-friendly fare like The Polar Express, Zathura, Bridge to Terabithia, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
More recently, the 23-year-old stretched his dramatic muscles in the romantic thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost and filmed two movies for director James Franco, In Dubious Battle and The Long Home.
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This Kentucky native is also a helluva LGBT ally, one of the celebrity faces of the “Straight But Not Narrow” campaign.
After breaking out on the Australian soap Neighbors, Liam won over stateside audiences in The Last Song in 2012, which also introduced him to his future ex-fiancée, Miley Cyrus.
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After winning the part of Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games, Liam landed starring roles in the films The Expendables 2, Love and Honor, and Paranoia — and he recently wrapped production on Independence Day: Resurgence.
And in case you didn’t know, the 25-year-old is also the younger bro of Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth.
Woody rocked his comedic chops (and a full mane of hair) in the hit NBC sitcom Cheers between 1985 and 1993, picking up five Emmy nominations and one win in the process.
He then big-screen success in films like White Men Can’t Jump, Kingpin, and Natural Born Killers, nabbing Oscar nominations for his roles in The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Messengers.
Since his portrayal of Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games, the 54-year-old’s most high-profile gig was the first season of True Detective, for which he got another Emmy nom.
Elizabeth’s scene-stealing role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin led to other comedic parts in movies like Fred Claus, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Role Models, and Our Idiot Brother.
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The 41-year-old’s role as Effie Trinket isn’t her only successful franchise, though. She also produced and appeared in Pitch Perfect and then signed on to direct its two sequels.
Donald has racked up over 180 screen credits since his screen debut over 50 years ago — with roles in The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, Animal House, Ordinary People, JFK, and The Italian Job.
After landing the part of President Snow, the Canadian thespian took a starring role in the international TV series Crossing Lines, currently airing its third season, albeit not in the U.S. (Thanks a lot, NBC!)
The 80-year-old isn’t the only TV leading man in his family: He’s the father of 24 star Kiefer Sutherland.
Aside from his gig as Caesar Flickerman in The Hunger Games, Stanley is best known for the films Big Night, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie & Julia, and his Oscar-nominated role in The Lovely Bones.
Recently, Stanley has had roles in true-life journalism drama Spotlight and in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast.
The 54-year-old is also a cookbook author, a Grammy-nominated children’s audiobook reader, and a brother-in-law to Prada co-star Emily Blunt — having married her sister Felicity in 2012. Stanley and Felicity welcomed son Matteo in January.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hits theaters on November 20, 2015.