“It was like my college,” he told EW. “That was like such a coming-of-age time for me. It was the first time I was away from my family, and on my own.”
The actor added that he wasn’t prepared for the fame that came along with playing such a major role.
“It was worlds apart from anything I have ever experienced. It’s like a double-edged sword. Obviously the benefit of having more projects come your way is great. But when I set out to become an actor at eight, being famous and being recognized was not on my radar. I just wanted to make movies,” he explained. “That naiveté followed me until The Hunger Games slapped me in the face. It’s hard for anybody to digest, especially being a kid from Kentucky. It made me realize the kind of actor I wanted to be. The idea of doing big, big projects that make you even more well-known doesn’t sound as appetizing. If that opportunity came up again, I would have to think about it more.”
“I have a lot of people, even to this day, tell me they cried so hard at that movie,” he dished, before adding how being a young actor changed his childhood. “I didn’t go to school, I didn’t have like a normal childhood. But what I gained from being on film sets was invaluable and extremely rare. I was very lucky to have to have all those experiences.”
It’s safe to say that Josh has had a pretty major career, but he’s not planning on stopping anytime soon! We can’t wait to see what the actor stars in next.
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