‘Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson Returns to ‘Low-Key’ Life

'I haven't changed at all,' 19-year-old actor tells MTV News of his life post-'Hunger Games.'
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Josh Hutcherson
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Ever since "The Hunger Games" toppled the box office earlier this year, one would think that Josh Hutcherson would find it hard to go about the life he led before the film. As it turns out, not much has changed for the laid-back 19-year-old. While there has been a lot of pandemonium around the movie, the actor himself has been mostly left alone by fans of the franchise. And he's totally cool with it.

"I've changed a lot. I wear nothing but high-end designer suits. I fly private everywhere," he joked to MTV News about his superstar status. "I haven't changed at all.

"I was expecting it to be a huge difference and it hasn't been, and I can't tell you how relieved that I am," he added. "It's been so low-key and people who do recognize me have been awesome, cool and not crazy."

With all the hype that has surrounded the film, Hutcherson had certain expectations for how his life would change. "I did for sure [think it would be different]. Everybody was telling me 'It's gonna be crazy.' I go everywhere all the time and nobody stops me," he said. "I'm good with what I have."

One thing Hutcherson doesn't seem to want to give up is his love for getting inked. "The last one I got was six months ago. I have like an anchor ship creation on my back; it's like an old sailor Jerry tattoo kind of thing. I love that old, traditional style," he said.

Hutcherson said he'd love to get more ink, but before he gets any full-body tattoos like Angelina Jolie, he wants to make sure it won't interfere with his acting. "I need to have the kind of career Angelina Jolie has first," he said. "They're not gonna hire guys covered in tattoos. I need to make sure they hire me first."

Well, Hutcherson has some downtime until he hits the set of "Catching Fire" later this summer if he wants to squeeze one more tattoo in. In late summer he will work with director Francis Lawrence for the first time on the "Hunger Games" sequel.

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