Josh Hutcherson went from mega stardom in the billion-dollar Hunger Games franchise to… voicing a reindeer in the low-budget Christmas DVD, Elliot the Littlest Reindeer.
When the actor signed on to The Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, the former child star already had way more experience than his co-stars, having already appeared in Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Bridge to Terabithia and Zathura: A Space Adventure as a teen.
Just ten years old when he launched his career – providing voiceovers for animated features The Polar Express and Howl’s Moving Castle – Hutcherson never lorded his experience over his co-stars, quickly becoming best friends with Lawrence. It Katniss couldn’t decide between Peeta and Gale in the series, then, off-screen, she always favoured Hutcherson.
In comparison to his former HG pals, he lives a relatively modest lifestyle, having purchased Heath Ledger’s former home in LA’s Laurel Canyon eight years ago.
Now 28, sadly his post-Hunger Games career has failed to live up to his teen potential. But Hutcherson professes to being equally interested in directing and producing.
Hoping to reboot his career on the small screen, in 2017 he signed on to star in the TV action-comedy Future Man, which ran for three seasons. And after directing a video for Foster the People in 2018, he appeared in TV series Ultraman the following year.
An ally to the LGBT+ community, Hutcherson became an active supporter for the gay-straight alliance’s “Straight But Not Narrow” campaign, following the death of two of his gay uncles from AIDS-related illnesses.
Pre-COVID, he shot James Franco’s drama The Long Home and is currently filming post-WWII drama Across the River and Into the Trees with Liev Schreiber.
Welcome back, Peeta.