Posted on March 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Sunday, Mar 11 at 11:02 AM
SEATTLE -- "Harry Potter" is done and the "Twilight" series is nearing the end. However, it seems devoted teenagers have found a new obsession. "The Hunger Games" comes out in less than two weeks and on Saturday the cast made a stop at University Village in Seattle to promote the movie.
Screams erupted as the film's stars, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, walked out of the Microsoft store and onto an outdoor stage at University Village. It is the last stop on a tour of malls across the United States.
Lawrence plays the main character in the film, Katniss. She describes her as "a fighter, who even when it's scary or not popular speaks out for the right thing."
Hemsworth says he admires the character and that the premise of teenagers fighting for survival in a post-apocalyptic world appeals to both men and women.
"It's about good overcoming evil. You have all these characters you care about in situation you want them to get out of."
The move is highly anticipated because of the enormous success of the books by Suzanne Collins. The world saw the kind of stardom the casts of "Harry Potter" and Twilight" have learned to live with. Now, it's something these stars are awakened to.
"It can be overwhelming. It's kind of a disconnect for me, I feel like I'm a part of it and then I'm not. It's crazy," said Hutcherson.
"This is weird. Doing interviews like this is weird. Then I go back home to my normal life. I think when I begin to think this is normal, that's when I'm screwed," said Lawrence.
She went on to talk about the magnitude of this project. "This is bigger than me. These books and music, much bigger than me."