'Hunger Games' actress 'super-excited' to visit S.A., lead Flambeau parade


by Sarah Lucero / KENS 5

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Posted on April 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM

The frenzy over "The Hunger Games" movie has taken over the country. One of the stars of the movie is visiting San Antonio right now.

Willow Shields talked with KENS 5 about her newfound fame as she stars in the blockbuster and celebrates Fiesta in our city.

Shields plays Primrose, the younger sister of Katniss Everdeen.

"We never thought it was going to be this huge," Shields said.

The movie's quarter-billion dollar success has propelled 12-year-old Shields into the national spotlight. She's making red carpet appearances, giving interviews and, this wekend, taking in San Antonio's sights.

This is Shields' first visit to Fiesta. "This is my first time in Texas, so I'm super-excited," she said.

She'll serve as the Grand Marshal for the Fiesta Flambeau parade Saturday night.

Shields said the movie definitely has changed her life away from home in New Mexico.

There, she said she's just like any other pre-teen who studies and hangs out with friends. Getting recognized in public still feels odd.

"We never thought I'd be walking in the airport and someone yells out, 'Look, it's Willow Shields.' It's really funny to experience that," she said, giggling.

While she's here, the actress said she wants to learn all she can about Fiesta.