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Former Child Actor Josh Hutcherson's New Direction

March 01, 2015

Josh Hutcherson is doing his best not to work right now. But today, the 22-year-old actor is sitting in a small room tucked inside somewhere in New York's Flatiron District, away from Snow Monsters and tourists and construction, answering questions about his new project with Ron Howard: Canon's Project Imagination: The Trailer. Soon he'll head back to Los Angeles and back to his dog, Driver ("He's back home waiting for me."). Then it's off to Budapest — where Howard is shooting a film — to pick the winner of the contest, which will determine Hutcherson's next role. But first, this summer he'll star alongside Benecio del Toro in Escobar: Paradise Lost, and is back in the Hunger Games with Jennifer Lawrence as Peeta when Mockingjay Part 2 hits theaters in November. 

But for right now, he says he wants "to focus on not working in the best way," and "saying 'no' more than 'yes,'" at least until he reads the right script — or, at least, one that's appropriate for his age. "I don't have the dire need to work, but I really want to work," says Hutcherson. "So I'm just kind of trying to find the right next thing to do."

We sat down with Hutcherson to talk about why he wanted to work with Howard, staying fit, and his path to sitting in the director's chair..... Read More