The actor, who plays Peeta Mellark in the film’s hotly-anticipated sequel, “Catching Fire,” said he’s flattered by the fans, but slightly disturbed by the rash of marriage proposals he’s received.
“I’ve had a couple of marriage proposals recently from people I’ve never met, which is flattering but a little nearsighted I feel in some respects. … They are getting a little ahead of themselves,” Hutcherson told Robin Roberts today on “Good Morning America.”
“There’s a weird disconnect. When somebody recognizes you, they’ve seen interviews…, they’ve read your bio, they know where you’re from, your family and all these things, and you don’t know the first thing about this person,” he explained. ”It’s a weird thing where they feel like they know you and they don’t. It’s a little bit awkward sometimes, you’re like, ‘I don’t know how to react right now.’”
The movie’s rabid fan base is counting down to the second installment — (Spoiler alert!) — which picks up when Peeta and Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, are paraded through the districts on a victory tour before they are forced to participate in the Quarter Quell for the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games.
“Peeta matures a lot between the first and second movie. Everything they went through the games together is really traumatizing and really forces him to grow up in a big way,” Hutcherson said about his character’s growth.
Playing Peeta has been a dream for Hutcherson, who said he identifies with his character more than any other.
“I had never seen a character that is more like who I am as a person,” he said today of Peeta. “I connect with him in a big way. He’s loyal to his beliefs and loyal to the people around him. And that’s someone I aspire to be like.”
He also had nothing but praise for his celebrated co-star Jennifer Lawrence, who plays his unrequited love interest, Katniss.
“Even with all her success and talent and everything, she’s still the same person. She’s honest. There’s no filter, which is always exciting. You never know what is going to come next,” he said. “You’ve got to be on your toes.”
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens Friday.