Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson)
are kids growing up in war who physically, emotionally can't love
somebody,'' says Jennifer Lawrence about the uncomfortable triangle
between District 12's battle-weary Katniss, Peeta, and her childhood
friend Gale that began in The Hunger Games. ''Katniss thinks she can't
have a crush on a boy because she's worried about survival every single
day. And she can't be a normal 16-year-old meeting her friend out in the
woods and practicing kissing because that's not the world that they
Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth)
and Liam have amazing chemistry,'' says director Francis Lawrence of his
young stars. ''They have a nice moment right before Katniss is reaped
that is the very first thing we shot. And then when Gale has been
brought in from the whipping, that's another really nice moment they
have alone.'' ''This is the book where you have to understand the pull
Katniss feels to both Peeta and Gale,'' say producer Nina Jacobson.
Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Katniss
pressure, the pressure is on,'' says good-natured Sam Claflin about
stepping into the net of District 4's charismatic golden boy. ''I'm on
Twitter and so many people are like, 'Don't mess this up, or we will
kill you.' People are just worried that I'm not going to be as sex god
enough as Finnick should be. I've literally had four months of eating
nothing but chicken and asparagus. I just want a burger and a beer.''
Edited to add all the new ones plus quotes from EW.