Jackie Emerson on creating Foxface’s backstory: “I hope Suzanne Collins doesn’t hate me!”
The Huffington Post, in its High School blog, posted a new interview with Jackie Emerson, the actress playing District 5‘s Foxface in The Hunger Games. She talks about the buzz surrounding her in school now that the movie is so close and speaks about how she was free to create part of the character’s backstory, including its name!
Has there been a lot of buzz at your school since you’ve come back from filming the movie?
Everyone has just been really supportive. My friends have just been fabulous because they’re just as excited as I am! I’m such a huge fan… It’s just a crazy idea that I could even be part of this.
Are people treating you differently in classes? Do you think things will get crazier when March rolls around?
I don’t know, I guess we’ll see. Ask me that question in a couple of months and I’ll let you know!
Question from one of our Twitter followers, @Wave_Disrtict4: What is Foxface’s real name?
Oh, I can’t tell! It’s something I came up with when I was doing character work.
That’s so fun! You got to make up the name?
Yeah! I think that’s the coolest part about being able to play her: There’s not a lot of information about her in the book. I really got to have a field day. [Ed Note: The name is not actually mentioned in the movie: It was part of the character portfolio that Jackie put together in preparation for the film.]
Do you think it made your job easier, not knowing any back story about her?
I think it was just different. It was really fun because I got to use my imagination and really make her come alive. Hopefully [that comes across] in the movie. So obviously, she has to have a name! She’s not Foxface in her hometown.
Did you run it by Suzanne [Collins, the author of The Hunger Games]?
No… I hope she doesn’t hate me! I’ve just been trying to keep it to myself for now, and then maybe after the movie comes out, I’ll tell people. But I feel like people will be so opinionated about it because it may or may not be what everyone imagined. But it’s what it was for me, you know? I’m still debating whether or not I will disclose that information when the premiere is over. You’ll be the first to know!
To read the complete interview head over to Huffington Post