Actor Jacqueline Emerson just jumped on the ride of her life. She's portraying Foxface in Lionsgate's upcoming big-screen adaptation of "The Hunger Games." I had a chance to participate in a small, exclusive press junket with the young star when she was in Dallas, Texas, on "The Hunger Games Mall Tour."
You're in a hit movie now that will be seen by millions. Have you had any weird experiences since taking on the role of Foxface?
I was recognized once on the street near my school. It was "pajama day," so naturally I was wearing bright pink footie pajamas covered in cats and sheep slippers. These girls were looking at me and I smiled. They went across the street and then yelled, "We love you, Foxface," and then sprinted the other way. I remember standing there like, "Hi. What am I wearing?" That was crazy and cool.
Did you do your own stunts for "The Hunger Games"?
I did all of my own stunts except for one that I couldn't physically do without knocking myself out. Good thing I didn't do that. I also had to go through pike and free running training because Foxface is very agile. They had me doing somersaults, dive rolls, jumping over super high blocks, and going fast. It was really fun.
I did injure myself the second time I met Josh [Hutcherson] in training. I was doing a dive roll and trying to be all cool like, "Yeah, I'm Foxface. I can do this cool stuff." I gave myself a black eye. That wasn't fun. I got to school and I wasn't allowed to tell anybody about "The Hunger Games" yet. Everyone was like, "What happened?" I said, "I was just jumping and my knee ... [avoiding question] nice weather… how about those Knicks?"
Was there any scene you were looking forward to bringing to the big screen?
I think when I was reading the book a scene that stood out to me was Foxface's mine-hopping scene. I was just like, "How was she so clever to have figured out that pattern without getting caught?" That was really cool.
The part I was most excited to film was probably the interview scene with Stanley Tucci. I am a huge Stanley Tucci fan. When I found out he was cast as Caesar and I would have a scene with him, I called my mom freaking out. I said, "I get to have a scene with Stanley Tucci!" I was so nervous but he was great. He completely put me at ease and I had a blast.
Tell us about your up-and-coming projects.
I just released my second music video called "Catch Me If You Can" yesterday. My first music video, "Peter Pan," came out a couple of months ago. You can see those on YouTube.
I just got in to Stanford. I will be going there either next year or the year after that. Everything's kind of taking off right now. I think I might take a year off, but college is a top priority.
For more articles by Eric Shirey , check out:
Eric Shirey is the founder and former editor of Rondo Award nominated movie news websites MovieGeekFeed.com and TheSpectralRealm.com. His work has been featured on Yahoo! , DC Comics, StarWars.com, and other entertainment websites. Eric has interviewed and worked with actors like Harrison Ford, Brooke Shields, Kenneth Branagh, Gerard Butler, Brendan Fraser, Selena Gomez, and many more.
Find showtimes and tickets near you on Yahoo! Movies.