Josh Hutcherson talks his support to the LGBT community, assures he’s “stoked” for Catching Fire
Recently interviewed by MTV Act, Josh Hutcherson talked about his involvement with Straight But Not Narrow, an organization created to raise awareness about LGBT rights. Josh briefly discussed too his excitement to start shooting the next film in the Hunger Games series, Catching Fire.
ACT: Many teens are faced with the plight of bullying growing up. Was bullying ever an issue with you? What advice do you have for those currently going through it?
JOSH: I was very fortunate and didn’t personally encounter any bullies in school, however bullies exist in many ways in life. I think the best thing you can do is be secure in who you are and realize that the person who is bullying is the one you should feel sorry for their lack of knowledge. Bullies are just ignorant.
ACT: If you could have coffee with the president what insight would you share with him about what you have learned from SBNN?
JOSH: I’ve learned a lot about how people have to fight through their whole lives just to be themselves. I’ve also learned first hand how much being a straight ally can really affect someone and make a difference.
ACT: You’re a big advocate of LGBT rights and have also been recognized by GLAAD. Any advice on how your fans, whether gay or straight, can get involved with LGBT rights?
JOSH: I think the best thing you can do is make everyone in your life aware that you support the LGBT community. When friends hear that straight people they love and care about support the LGBT community, it makes them more into it and aware, which in turn can lead to their support. Also just having an open, honest conversation with someone who maybe isn’t yet a straight ally.
Josh said that even though he was not allowed to talk a lot about Catching Fire, he did say that “the script kicks ass and I love all the new cast members and I’m stoked to get started“.
We’re definitely stoked to!