The Hunger Games cast ages: How old was the cast then (and now)?

(L-R) Actors Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson arrive at the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 held at the Microsoft Theater. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
(L-R) Actors Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson arrive at the premiere of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 held at the Microsoft Theater. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images) /
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Thousands of Netflix subscribers are revisiting the beloved YA dystopian films from The Hunger Games film series right now thanks to the streaming service adding all four movies to the catalog. As such, there has been an increased search for people curious about the ages of the main cast during filming.

Part of what makes The Hunger Games so horrific is that the tributes involved are almost always teenagers, and sometimes even pre-teens as young as 12 years old. That’s one reason Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute in place of her sister, Primrose (or “Prim”), who was just 12 when Effie Trinket drew her name at the Reaping. Another competitor, Rue, is also 12.

Watching the movies, you might wonder how old the actors that played characters like Katniss, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne were in real life at the time. Katniss was only 16 in the first movie, but how old was actress Jennifer Lawrence? Keep reading to find out the cast ages at the time of filming and how old the actors are today.

How old is Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games?

Born on August 15, 1990, Jennifer Lawrence is 32 years old today. She was 21 at the time of filming The Hunger Games, meaning she was five years older than her on-screen counterpart Katniss Everdeen, who was 16 at the start of the games.

Lawrence was 22 during the filming of Catching Fire and 23 during the production of Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.

How old is Liam Hemsworth in The Hunger Games?

Born on January 13, 1990, Liam Hemsworth is 33 years old today. He was 21 at the time of filming The Hunger Games, meaning he was only four years older than his on-screen counterpart Gale Hawthorne, who is two years older than Katniss and around 18 at the start of the games.

Hemsworth was 22 during the filming of Catching Fire and 24 during the production of Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.

How old is Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games?

Josh Hutcherson is the youngest of the central trio, having been born on October 12, 1992, making him 30 today. His character, Peeta Mellark, was 16 in the first movie, and Hutcherson was only 18 at the time of filming, so he was just a little older than his character.

He would have been 20 when filming Catching Fire and then 21 while filming the final two films in the franchise.

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How old is Amandla Stenberg in The Hunger Games?

Rue was just 12 when she competed in the Hunger Games and her actress, Amandla Stenberg, was also 12. She was born on October 23, 1998, and is currently 24. Since Stenberg’s character died in the first movie, she was not in the sequels.

How old is Jena Malone in The Hunger Games?

Jena Malone joined the cast during the second film, Catching Fire, as the fan-favorite character Johanna Mason. Johanna was around 21 in the movie, and Malone was 28. Today, the actress is 38, born November 21, 1984. She would have been 29 while filming both parts of Mockingjay.

How old is Sam Claflin in The Hunger Games?

Like Malone, Sam Claflin joined the cast of The Hunger Games film series during the second movie as another fan-fave, Finnick Odair. Finnick was meant to be 24 years old in the film, and, in real life, Claflin was 26. His birthday is June 27, 1986, making him 36 today and 27 when filming Mockingjay.

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