Introducing Willow

Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games” Director)
“It’s so exciting to find an amazing young actress like we just met. Prim is an emotionally demanding role and in many ways she is the cornerstone of the story. Willow Shields will make an amazing Prim and we’re very lucky to have her.”

Liam Hemsworth (“The Hunger Games” Co-Star)
“Willow Shields plays Prim, Katniss’ younger sister. And she’s… little kids really get me, I mean I worked with little kid actors before and when they start crying or anything like that it makes my job so easy because you just, you know, you react to a little kid crying, there’s not much else to do. It’s such a sad thing to watch a little kid crying! And she does it on cue. She’s an incredible little actress and you know, she’s cute and smart and funny, like Prim.”‘

Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games” Co-Star)
“Willow is such a wonderful actress. It’s been so incredible to see her grow up and… HUGE growth spirt since I last saw her. Grow physically, obviously, but grow as an actor and grow as a person and become more self-possesed. It’s really interesting to see the young woman she’s growing in to.”

Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games” Co-Star)
It’s very easy to be gentle & loving to Willow, she’s the most adorable thing in the world. Not anymore she’s a woman.

Mark Ballas (“Dancing With The Stars” Partner)
“She’s a trooper, she’s a fighter. She is only fourteen and I know, like in the package, that was being said a lot. And knowing her, I know that’s not her going, ‘I’m only fourteen.’ Like I can tell…we know that when we’re in these packages, you know you’re with the producers and they kind of want you to say certain things, they want to hear certain aspects of it. And then, you know, it all gets put into, again, that one minute and forty-eight. Willow would never sit there and go, ‘Well I’m the only fourteen year old.’ She is ready for this, she loves this, she works extremely hard. She’s one of the hardest working partners I’ve had in sixteen seasons. She’s training like Shawn Johnson and Kristi Yamaguchi. That’s how she is training. She is no phone in rehearsal, we do not take breaks.”

Rumer Willis (“Dancing With The Stars” Co-Star)
“I just wanted to say @willowshields it was truly an honor to get to you know you. I am very sad to see you go. You are one of the bravest young women I have ever met and it was a pleasure to watch you grow and flourish as a dancer. I wish I had been even half a brave as you are when I was your age. I can’t wait to see what you do next. I wish you all the best.”

Jennifer Chambers Lynch (“Fall From Grace” Writer/Director)
“Willow has a bravery about her that is authentic and genuinely ‘Human.’”