Film & TV

The Hunger Games' Alan Ritchson and Stephanie Leigh Schlund on Catching Fire, Fans, and Miami

In The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, opening this Friday, Alan Ritchson and Stephanie Leigh Schlund play two of the story's fiercest bad guys. But tucked away in a hotel room on the 17th floor of the Mandarin Oriental in Brickell, the pair are just a couple Southern kids with a playful, sibling-esque rivalry.

"It's like Christmas Eve and it's like a thousand degrees outside," says Ritchson, noting that the competition arena in the book bears a certain resemblance to South Florida. Schlund concurs. The two then engage in teasing each other about which of the two would win a real life Hunger Games held in Miami. "I would win, if it were real, if it weren't rigged like a book," says Ritchson, who then proceeds to count on his fingers who he would kill first, "She [Schlund] would be dead, Jennifer [Lawrence] would be dead... I might let Josh [Hutcherson] live, we get along."

"Josh? What, do you like pastries? Come on!" says Schlund, who was not very pleased that her own brother-from-another-mother would kill her off.

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Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer for Miami New Times. She nurtured her love of words at Boston College before moving back home to Miami and has been covering arts and culture in the Magic City since 2013.