Although he’s been acting since the age of 9, Kentucky native Josh Hutcherson’s breakout role was as Annette Bening and Julianne Moore’s son in “The Kids Are All Right.”
Now, the star of the wildly successful “Hunger Games” franchise, whose second installment, “Catching Fire,” is due out this month, talks with OUT’s Shana Naomi Krochmal for the magazine’s November 2013 cover story about sexuality, how the best thing for his Hunger Games character might be a threesome, and the mission of the youth organization he founded, Straight But Not Narrow.
Here are some excerpts:
On the ambiguity of sexuality:
“Maybe I could say right now I’m 100% straight. But who knows? In a fucking year, I could meet a guy and be like, Whoa, I’m attracted to this person. I’ve met guys all the time that I’m like, Damn, that’s a good-looking guy, you know? I’ve never been, like, Oh, I want to kiss that guy. I really love women. But I think defining yourself as 100% anything is kind of near-sighted and close-minded.
On whether The Hunger Games’ Peeta, Katniss, and Gale should have a threesome:
“I know Peeta would be into it, for sure. He’s very sensitive, in touch with his emotions. I think it really might solve a lot of their problems. You know what? I’m going to pitch that idea. Let’s make it a – what’s it called when three people are in a relationship together? A triad? That’ll go over well with Middle America.”
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On his dream for his kids and future generations around LGBT rights:
“I have this dream that one day, my kid’s gonna come home from school and be like, ‘Dad, there’s this girl that I like, and there’s this guy that I like, and I don’t know which one I like more, and I don’t know what to do.’ And it’d just be a non-issue, like, ‘Which one is a good person? Which one makes you laugh more?’”
On working to prevent youth bullying through his organization, Straight But Not Narrow:
“Talking to kids in school and reaching out through social media we found to be really effective. That’s where they bullying happens the most, where people are molded into who they become when they grow up. Kids are so mean to each other sometimes. You’re figuring out who you are, and you’re insecure about it. Especially if you don’t have a great family life or you’re being influenced by a religion too much, a way to feel better sometimes is to put somebody else down. Our goal is making kids more compassionate and more understanding that people are just people. It’s really about being yourself.”
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