American actress Willow Shields was born on June 1st, 2000 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Willow grew up with her twin sister and older brother on a farm where they had chickens, goats, rabbits, and dogs. After her brother took an interest in acting, Willow soon followed in his footsteps. Willow’s first acting experience was a short film called “Las Vegas New Mexico 1875“, in which she voiced a girl watching a gun fight. A year later, she appeared in an episode of the television series “In Plain Sight“. She portrayed Liza Royal and had her national television debut. In 2011, Willow appeared in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “Beyond The Blackboard“, as a homeless child named Grace.

    However, Willow’s breakout role was yet to come. On the 20th of April, 2011, Lionsgate confirmed that they had cast her as Primrose Everdeen for the upcoming movie “The Hunger Games“. Willow won the role of the beloved role of Prim after sending in an audition tape from her home in New Mexico. The casting directors then flew her out to Los Angeles to perform the scene at director Gary Ross’s house. After she finished performing the scene, Ross told her not to worry about auditioning anymore because she had the part. When news of her casting broke Gary continued and said “Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we’re very lucky to have her“. Willow says that she is very lucky and that “Prim is a great character to be“. Willow reprised her role of Prim in Catching Fire (2013), Mockingjay: Part One (2014), and Mockingjay: Part Two (2015).

    In 2012, Willow was invited to appear on an episode of the hit children’s TV show “R.L. Stine’s ‘The Haunting Hour’“. Willow flew to Vancouver, Canada and filmed her episode which premiered in November of 2012. Willow also landed lead roles in Into the Rainbow and A Fall From Grace. On February 24th, 2015, it was announced that Willow would be a contestant on Season 20 of the hit competition show Dancing With the Stars, which premiered on March 16, 2015. At age 14, Willow is the youngest contestant ever to be on the show. Despite getting consistent high scores and praise from the judges, Willow was eliminated on Week 7 of DWTS, finishing in 7th place, leaving the judges, fellow dancers/stars, critics, and fans shocked.

In 2015, Willow began filming her first lead role in “Into the Rainbow 3D”. Willow plays Rachel, a misfit girl who, along with her friend Grace, find and travel through a mysterious rainbow, ending up in China. This causes a natural disaster, leading a government chase and a race against time to save the world. Willow filmed in China and New Zealand, where the film takes place. The film premiered at the TIFF Kids film festival in April 2017 and is expected to be released this summer.

    After all, Willow is still a typical 16-year-old, who is different in her own way. She enjoys spending her free time making art, reading, and listening to music on her record player. Willow enjoys photography, much like her father who is a photography teacher. Willow often uses her twin sister Autumn as a model for photoshoots and vice-versa. Willow also loves fashion and finding unique clothes at vintage or thrift stores. Besides school, Willow is interested in charity work. Some of her favorite charities include Operation Smile, The Thirst Project, and Stomp Out Bullying.

Biography written by Introducing Willow staff. Please do not take or repost anywhere without permission.