Seventeen has released more outtakes from Josh’s cover shoot for the November issue of the magazine. You can see them all in our gallery. Also, if you have not purchased your copy of the magazine yet, below you will find some quotes from Josh’s interview.
On Being Josh:
“Such a part of me is just being myself, and even if it’s goofy and stupid and weird and people disagree with it or think it’s ridiculous at times, I know that people that are close to me care about me and love me.
Who He Hangs With (Besides Liam & Jen!):
“I have the best friends in the world, and they’re all so smart! They’re like the next generation of extremely talented filmmakers, which is cool to be friends with.”
So…About That Awkward Kiss With JLaw:
“That was kind of a mutual situation. I mean, it was her snot and slobber on my face. I didn’t even realize what was going on while we were filming it, but when I watched it in playback, there was like a slobber string and it was gross!”
Josh is the cover star of November issue of Seventeen magazine. You can see preview of the cover and outtakes from the shoot in our gallery. Inside the magazine Josh opens up about Jennifer Lawrence, girl friends, girlfriends, and more. Below you can read some highlights from the interview!
On who is funnier on set, himself or Jennifer Lawrence?
“We have this debate all the time—I think it’s me! This sounds mean, but its true, and Jennifer would agree. Her thing is being shocking, goofy, and silly—which is amazing, and it takes a talented person to do that. I like to be more clever and witty. But if you had to go on who gets more laughs, I’d say she’d be the winner.”
On whether he’s dated girls with the wrong intentions:
“Definitely. I was blind at first by looks, by love, whatever. I’ve been known to fall hard and quick for girls, which I think is better than not falling at all.”
On whether he’s ever had his heart broken:
“I think getting broken up with is worse than breaking up with somebody… For me it hurts more when you’re ready for something to keep going and the other person isn’t.”
On having girl friends:
“I think the most important thing is being upfront about what the relationship is. If I just want to be friends with a girl, I’ll establish that early on by talking about other girls, so she know that I’m not interested in her like that.”
On making a relationship work:
“I’m good at fighting. Not that I like to fight, but when there’s a disagreement, I’m good at finding a solution, or knowing when to just let it go and make up.”
Josh covers the November issue of “Out” magazine, on sale Oct. 22. Preview of the cover and photos from the shoot have been added to our gallery. Below you can read the cover story: in the magazine Josh discusses fame, his gay uncles’ legacy, and how the best thing for his ‘Hunger Games’ character might be a threesome.
We’ve barely started lunch, and I’m nowhere near my usual open-ended sexuality question, when Josh Hutcherson offers this: “I would probably list myself as mostly straight.”
That “mostly” is what makes Hutcherson winningly uninhibited, but also typical of his generation. New research published in The New York Times in 2010 shows that an increasing number of guys his age identify as “mostly straight,” and Hutcherson’s ease in embracing ambiguity over neat and secure boxes speaks to his self-assurance.
“Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight,” he says. “But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person.”
Hutcherson grew up in Union, Ky., a small town close to the Ohio border, and his slouchy, chill California vibe is still tinged with a soft Southern accent. Everything he says sounds easygoing. “I’ve met guys all the time that I’m like, Damn, that’s a good-looking guy, you know?” he says. “I’ve never been, like, Oh, I want to kiss that guy. I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.”
He’s acted in almost 40 films, but before last year you probably only knew Josh Hutcherson, 20, from his role as the son of a lesbian couple in 2010’s “The Kids Are All Right.” It wasn’t until getting cast as Peeta Mellark in “The Hunger Games” — one third of the Katniss-Gale-Peeta love triangle — that he became paparazzi-stalked and face-on-a-T-shirt famous. As he and the rest of the world gear up for November’s release of the trilogy’s second film, “Catching Fire,” the Kentucky native (who is, honestly, the nicest) talked to Glamour about costars, chemistry, and dating in Hollywood.
GLAMOUR: What was it like being back on set with everyone?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: Jennifer [Lawrence] and I were nervous about our new costars because we’re kind of crazy when we’re together, so it can be a little scary for the new people. But everybody jumped right in. It was a fun vibe on set.
GLAMOUR: You and Jennifer are friends in real life. Is it weird having to switch to a romantic relationship on-screen?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: It is. There are times when we’ve had to cut because we can’t get through a take without laughing.
GLAMOUR: So would you say it’s possible to be “just friends” with a woman?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: Absolutely, but there’s often a natural inclination to want more.
GLAMOUR: What are your feelings about dating costars? You met your girlfriend [actress Claudia Traisac] while filming the upcoming thriller “Paradise Lost.”
JOSH HUTCHERSON: As far as I’m concerned, you’re both actors, you understand each other’s lifestyle, so it’s a very natural thing to have happen.
GLAMOUR: Tell us, what is the most epic date that you’ve ever orchestrated?
JOSH HUTCHERSON: The girls I’ve dated hate me a little because I can’t remember anything about first dates or when we kissed. I have the worst memory in the world!
To mark its 80th anniversary, Esquire has assembled men ranging from 1 to 80 years old to create a “living portrait of the American man.” “The Life of Man” series features kids, politicians, athletes — and a number of Hollywood stars. Josh is among the participants to offer bits of wisdom and reflection.
Best advice he’s gotten: “It came through somebody else from Tom Hanks: ‘Fame doesn’t change you; it just magnifies whoever you are.’ And through my many years of experience, I have definitely seen that. Great people become even more great; people who are bad become even worse.”
Most looking forward to: “Having a family.”
16 Jul 2012
Josh talks his favourite films, books and secret skill to Elle UK
Elleuk.com have released snippets from an interview with Josh that will be featured in the August issue. In the interview Josh talks about his favourite film and book, his dream role, his proudest accomplishment and secret skill.
What makes him laugh: I’m one of those people who watches horrible Youtube videos until three in the morning and just laughs at the most random stuff. Both Jennifer Lawrence and I love random, awkward humour.’
Secret skill: I can spin a basketball on my finger until the sun goes down, which is always impressive.’
Favourite book:Catcher in the Rye. I’ve read that book so many times. I love coming of age stories about people gaining their independence and going out into a new world and that’s definitely what the hero, Holden Caulfield, goes through. I identify with it a lot. I would love to play Holden Caulfield if the book were made into a movie but at the same time I think it’s such a great classic, it should be left in that world.
Favourite film:Fight Club could be the favourite. I saw that movie way before I should have been allowed to and it just blew me away. I’d never seen a movie done in that style before. It made me think, “Oh my god, I really wanna be an actor and a better actor at that.”
Most proud of: I was recently awarded the Vanguard award from GLAAD , which is the gay and lesbian community support group. It honours people who stand up for the right thing and put every effort they can into fighting for equal rights. The honour meant the world to me. Obviously acting is my passion for life and what I want to do with my career but to me, working with civil rights groups is so much bigger.
Summer playlist:Every time Feel So Close by Calvin Harris comes on I just want to jump up and down. No matter what kind of mood you’re in it will just make you happy. I’m kind of into The Killers lately – I listen to their album front to back all the time. Also, Kanye West and Jay Z’s album, Watch the Throne is insane.
He’s a Real-Life Peeta
“I’ve never connected with a character more than with Peeta,” said Hutcherson. “Like him, I’m not going to compromise my integrity for anybody.” And, he can bake, just like his character! “I do a really good French apple pie—the whole shebang, including the crust. And I made a couple of loaves of bread when I was visiting Kentucky, where I’m from.”
Surprise: He Loves Women’s Shoes
“I really love women’s shoes—I think they’re very sexy. So whenever I go into Bloomingdale’s, I head to the women’s shoe section and think, Hmm, maybe I’ll get my next girlfriend a pair of those.” And he doesn’t just buy for his loves: “I always buy my mom Louboutins or Jimmy Choos for her birthday. I have a pretty good sense of style, all in all. Once I figure out a woman, I know what she should wear—which comes in very handy when you have a mom and girlfriends. You can always make them happy with a nice bag or a pair of pumps.”
He Wants a ‘Feisty Girl’
“I have a Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight,” said Hutcherson. “It’s a new model designed to look like an old-school ’60s one.” And he wants a girl he can ride with: “I like feisty girls who can really hang with the guys. So, yes, she’s got to be willing to hop on the back of the steel horse! Sorry, but that’s a must.”
12 Apr 2012
Josh talks “Detention” with Collider.com; new promotionals added
Collider.com sat down with Josh recently, during the press period for “Detention”, to talk about his strangely hipster horror flick, high school, stunt work, his favourite teen movies, his role as an executive producer on the set, learning to ride a unicycle, “The Hunger Games” success, and comments on the (then) rumours of Gary Ross directing the sequel, “Catching Fire”. (Note: at this time, Ross had not yet rejected to direct the second film in the franchise; Josh was just expressing his interest at having Ross as the director the second time around.)
So, how happy are you with the box office for The Hunger Games?
I’m very happy. I’m very excited. I didn’t expect it, that’s for sure. It’s super-exciting. I just love making movies. The fact that people actually watch them, is just a bonus, I feel like. It allows me to keep on making movies. It’s pretty exciting.
Has that balance between big budget films, like Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and The Hunger Games, and independent films, like The Kids Are All Right and Detention, been intentional?
It’s very intentional, yeah. I think that the most important thing to having a long career, as an actor, is diversity and being able to play different types of characters in different types of movies. I want to keep acting, all my life. In order to do that, I think it is important to go and do the bigger tentpole box office movies, and then also do more character roles. They’re a lot of fun, too. I would never get to play Clapton Davis in a big-budget studio film. There are a lot of characters that you can get into that don’t exist in the studio world.
What was your experience in high school like? Do you see this film as a commentary on what high school is like?
I didn’t go to high school, so I don’t have a high school experience. I was home-schooled during high school. But, I think this movie just speaks to how kids can be really mean. Now, more than ever, bullying has come under the radar of actually being a problem in schools and people are trying to stand up against bullying. I think this movie just speaks to that world and how mean can be sometimes in school.
Being an executive producer, were you involved with the casting for the role of Riley (Shanley Caswell)?
I was sent tapes. I wasn’t in town, or else I would have been. As an executive producer, (director) Joseph [Kahn] was definitely more than happy to have me involved with the casting process, which was great because I had never really been involved with that part of making a movie before and I’d always wanted to be. It was a really cool first time, for me.
From the beginning of the movie, you can tell that Clapton and Riley have a history prior to these events taking place. How did you work on that and create that chemistry?
More than anything, Riley and Clapton had had not really a relationship before, but they been really good friends, for a long time. That was easy for us because, even though we had just met each other, we became fast friends, so it was easy to play that part of it. It was one of those things where you have a best friend for your entire life, since kindergarten, and then, all of a sudden, you have that moment where you go, “Oh, my god, I think I’m in love with this person!”
What was the biggest challenge of taking on the role of executive producer, at such a young age?
I’ve just grown up on movie sets, since I was nine years old. For someone like Joseph, who’s come from a music video and commercial-heavy background, to have one of his actors be more well-versed in the film world, helps as a liaison between the two worlds. I’m grateful that Joseph put that kind of faith in me because it was hard enough for me to put that faith in myself. I’ve always wanted to get behind the camera, so for him to give me my first opportunity to do that was incredible.
How grueling of a shoot was this?
It was hard work. And, the scenes were all so crazy that you didn’t know what you were getting yourself into, every day, when you came into work, which was also part of the excitement.
What did you think, when you read this script?
It was so wild! It was extremely crazy. The movie is insane, and I felt the script was even more crazy. The reason why I was attracted to it was because of that. It was unlike anything I’ve ever read before. So many times, I read the same script, just with different little pieces, over and over again. This was a whole new way of making a movie, and that was one of the biggest things that attracted me to it.
Do you think that will make the film a tough sell?
Yes, I do, actually. It is harder to sell. People ask me what the one-sentence pitch is for it, and I don’t have one. There literally isn’t one. When I watched it, I didn’t even know what I thought of it, at first. I liked it, but I didn’t know how to describe it to somebody. It’s just very different. That’s what makes it so unique, but at the same time, that does make it a challenge, commercially.
What was it like to learn to ride on a unicycle for this?
That was a cool experience and something I never thought I would ever do. I actually got really good at unicycling. I could go for awhile, turn and then come back down. It’s crazy! It was a pretty fun experience. I had a unicycle in my trunk, for the two months that we were filming. It was cool.
Did you get to do your own stunts for the finale, or did they bring in stunt people?
It was a combo. There were some things where they had stunt guys working with us. But, we all had to do the fight training and work on the choreography to get that all down. It was tough. It was pretty physical. There was a lot of slamming onto the ground and slamming into the lockers and throwing punches. It was pretty physically demanding.
What did you personally take away from the experience of making Detention?
For me, the message of the film was something that I took away from it. Everybody has their own problems. No matter how big you think yours are, there is someone else that has bigger problems or different problems. That’s the biggest thing that I learned from this film, or had reinstated in me, for sure.
What are your own favorite teen movies?
The Breakfast Club is really good. Pretty in Pink is really good. I love Donnie Darko. That’s one of my favorite movies ever, but it’s not really a teen movie. I’ve watched that movie about nine million times.
Do you think the success of The Hunger Games will really help this film get some attention?
I hope so! We tried to sell this movie for a long time, and tried to find the right fit for us, distribution wise. I think we found it and are going about this, at the right time. It just so happens to be after The Hunger Games, which definitely helps quite a bit.
Would you suggest Joseph Kahn for the job of directing Catching Fire?
I would not. First and foremost, because Gary [Ross] is my guy, 100%, through and through, and also because I don’t think Joseph would really fit into that world.
Do you hope that Gary Ross will come back?
Oh, for sure! There’s not much doubt in my mind that he’ll be doing it. I think so. I don’t think there’s a chance at all that he wouldn’t do it. He killed the first one. He absolutely knocked it out of the park. Everyone who worked with him loved him. Myself and Jennifer [Lawrence] and all of the other cast members loved him. I couldn’t imagine making the movie without him. That’s what I have to say about that. There was no official statement made. There are a lot of different ways that you negotiate in movies. There are different tactics, for sure.
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