By Carolina del Busto
Images courtesy Lionsgate. Ritchman and Schlund in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
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 Miami's Brickell neighborhood, 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.