Catching Fire stars Jena Malone and Sam Claflin lit up the red carpet Tuesday night at Toronto’s Scotiabank Theatre for the Canadian premiere of the much-anticipated film, the second installment in the Hunger Games tetralogy.
Malone raised eyebrows in a sheer Nicholas Oakwell gown (and no underwear!) at the L.A. premiere the previous night, but covered up for Toronto’s sub-zero temperatures: She arrived in a black-and-gold Pegasus-print dress by Budapest designer Dora Abodi, with a leather jacket draped over her shoulders. She completed the look with statement pumps, a Jimmy Choo clutch and metallic makeup from CoverGirl’s Capitol Collection.
The 28-year-old actress, who plays ruthless, axe-wielding District 7 tribute Johanna Mason, also got to rock some high-end garb in the movie, even though costume designer Trish Summerville designed most of her character’s outfits. “Trish would create these amazing latex tree outfits, but then with like, Alexander McQueen heels,” gushed Malone.
Her 27-year-old costar Claflin, who plays trident-toting District 4 dreamboat Finnick Odair, charmed reporters with his British accent, dressed in a grey blazer over a grey vest, accented with a maroon scarf.
After winning the coveted role of Finnick, Claflin worried he wasn’t attractive enough—“I definitely didn’t think of myself as a Finnick type,” he said. (Neither did many Hunger Games fans). But the actor, who dieted on chicken and asparagus and trained daily to prep for the part, seemed more relaxed Tuesday night: “It’s out of my hands now. I’ve done all I can,” he told FLARE. “I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever had to work before, and I can only hope I’ve done the character justice and proven a lot of people wrong.”
Claflin also had some words of praise for Jennifer Lawrence, the star of the franchise as protagonist Katniss Eberdeen: “You can’t help but love her. She’s a very down-to-earth, grounded, very real and true girl. She doesn’t sugarcoat anything; she tells it as it is…And she doesn’t insist on losing weight for a role. She does what she wants.”
Catching Fire opens Canada-wide Friday, November 22.
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