It appears Josh Hutcherson’s on-screen love has also become his off-screen crush.
In a recent interview with Glamour magazine the 20-year-old actor dished on his “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” co-star Jennifer Lawrence and his instinctual desire to want a romantic relationship with her when the cameras stop rolling. The native Kentucky actor confessed his feelings regarding Lawrence when he was asked if it’s possible for a man and a woman to be “just friends.” “Absolutely,” said Hutcherson, adding, “but there’s often a natural inclination to want more.”
While Hutcherson confirmed he is not actually dating Lawrence, commenting on his relationship with his “Paradise Lost” co-star turned girlfriend, actress Claudia Traisac, he did discuss his affinity for romancing his co-stars. “As far as I’m concerned, you’re both actors, you understand each other’s lifestyle,” said Hutcherson, adding, “It’s a very natural thing to have happen.”
This isn’t the first time Hutcherson has hinted at having romantic feelings toward the Oscar-winner. In “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” in June, the actor revealed that he has a “natural stirring” when filming love scenes with Lawrence. Peeta Mellark is currenly involved in a love triangle with Katniss Everdeen and their co-star Liam Hemsworth's character, Gale Hathworne. “I’d say there’s a natural stirring that happens in your body,” said Hutcherson. “If you’re in the moment and you’re in the scene, then whatever naturally happens is what’s supposed to happen,” he said.
Hutcherson, who is currently promoting the upcoming second installment of “The Hunger Games," also revealed to Glamour that filming the saga's latest film was intimidating. “Jennifer and I were nervous about our new co-stars because we’re kind of crazy when we’re together, so it can be a little scary for the new people," said Hutcherson. "But everybody jumped right in. It was a fun vibe on set,” he said.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be released in theaters Nov. 22. The cast is currently in production on the series’ third film, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1” in Atlanta.