Then: Before Lawrence launched her acting career — and secured a side-gig as The World’s Best Friend — she modeled, as many up-and-coming performers do. Lawrence earned her SAG card when she was 14, and then went on to appear on a 2006 episode of Monk and play a recurring role on the The Bill Engvall Show from 2007 to 2009.
Now: Nailing the iconic role of Katniss Everdeen and Tiffany Maxwell in Silver Linings Playbook, she’s firmly secured her status as an Oscar-winning actress who deftly navigates the line between big-budget and art films. And in addition to earning an honorary spot in, well, everyone’s squad, she’s Amy Schumer’s actual BFF, which we will never not be jealous about.
Then: The 22-year-old began his career in the early 2000s, appearing in commercials and minor roles in film and television, like the 2002 pilot episode of House Blend and his first film, 2003’s Miracle Dogs. Other pre-Hunger Games credits include RV, Bridge to Terabithia, Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Kids Are All Right.
Now: Hutcherson landed the role of Peeta Mellark in 2011 — and he’s been breaking box office records with the Hunger Games cast, ever since. He even got the honor of hosting Saturday Night Live — which he killed (you know, the non-Hunger Games version of “killed”). Oh, and he’s a major heartthrob, who can now add executive producer to his resume for his work on the films Detention, The Forger and Escobar: Paradise Lost.
Then: One of three remarkably attractive Australian brothers, Hemsworth grew up in Melbourne and landed his first major role on the soap opera Neighbours and another role in the children’s series The Elephant Princess. In 2010, preteen girls nationwide fell in love with him when he played the lead role in The Last Song alongside Miley Cyrus, who would become his fiancée during her pre-“Wrecking Ball” era.
Now: After playing Katniss Everdeen’s brooding, remarkably chiseled love interest in The Hunger Games, the 25-year-old became America’s love interest. Most recently, he’s starred in the The Dressmaker and Independence Day.
Then: Harrelson’s pre-Hunger Games career was basically an actor’s dream — he’s been nominated for an Academy Award twice and an Emmy seven times (with one win). His breakout role was that of bartender Woody Boyd in Cheers. Harrelson would go on to play memorable roles in White Men Can’t Jump and Kingpin.
Now: In 2014, Harrelson played Detective Marty Hart in the HBO crime drama True Detective alongside Matthew McConaughey, a noted departure from his comic portrayal of Hunger Games‘ boozy Haymitch Abernathy.
Then: Born Elizabeth Mitchell, Banks changed her name to avoid confusion with the actress who shares her name. Banks acted in a series of independent films before finding mainstream success, including cult favorite Wet Hot American Summer. She landed her first wider breakout role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and a recurring role as Zach Braff’s love interest on Scrubs.
Now: “Honestly, I still can’t believe I’m a part of it. It really is amazing and I love it. I’m very proud,” Banks said of playing Effie Trinket, the pastel-colored Capitol liaison (who, quite honestly, gets all the best lines). It’s the same comedic timing she’s lent to the Pitch Perfect franchise, both in front of and behind the camera.
Then: It’s hard to remember a time when Tucci wasn’t famous/everywhere, but, allegedly, such a time exists. After studying acting at SUNY Purchase, Tucci launched his acting career on Broadway, starring in The Queen and the Rebels, and then moved on to iconic film roles in The Pelican Brief, Beethoven, Kiss of Death and Big Night (with more recent appearances in films like The Devil Wears Prada and Julie & Julia).
Now: Tucci continues to be everywhere — from guest voice-starring on Fox’s animated series American Dad! to appearing alongside Hunger Games costar Natalie Dormer in Patient Zero. Tucci has only effusively positive things to say about playing flamboyant talk show host Caesar Flickerman: “Those are great people, and it’s such a fun character. So much fun. I got to know Woody Harrelson, who I adore. Josh and Jennifer, of course. The loveliest people. Lovely people.”
Then: Sutherland’s film career spans 50 years. One of the most esteemed actors of our generation — with some of the most dramatic eyebrows of all time — Sutherland has starred in over 120 movies, including memorable roles in MASH, Ordinary People and Don’t Look Now.
Now: “The Hunger Games could be the most influential American film since I can’t remember,” Sutherland said about the trilogy, in which he plays the ever-creepy, ever-villainous President Snow. Perhaps the biggest effect the franchise has had on his already robust career is the fact that we can no longer look at him without feeling terrified.
Then: Who would have guessed that the Oscar-winning actress got her start in soaps? Moore was a regular in As the World Turns from 1985 to 1987, earning a Daytime Emmy for her performance. She went on to play roles in films, both indie and commercial, throughout the ’90s that firmly established her as a leading actress. Credits include: The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Carrie, Boogie Nights, Far from Heaven and, in 2002, The Hours.
Now: After picking up her role as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games, Moore gave an Oscar-winning performance as an Alzheimer’s patient in Still Alice and drew major acclaim for her role in Maps to the Stars, for which she was named best actress at the Cannes Film Festival.
Then: In a way, fame was inevitable for Kravitz. The son of actress Roxie Roker of The Jeffersons, Kravitz grew up in Manhattan and knew, from the age of 5, that he wanted to be a musician. His first major crossover into acting? The 1998 The Rugrats Movie, an instant classic.
Now: His role as Cinna in the Hunger Games, as well as his supporting role in The Butler, have more than affirmed Kravitz’s acting chops, though he currently has no further roles lined up.
Then: The 15-year-old actress’s first performing role was narrating the short film Las Vegas New Mexico 1875 in 2008. She made an appearance in the USA Network drama In Plain Sight in 2009, and then later in the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Beyond the Blackboard.
Now: Playing Primrose Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy required the actress to grow up in front of America. Shields headed to the ballroom for season 20 of Dancing with the Stars at age 14, which made her the youngest star ever to compete on the show.
Then: Growing up in Norwich, Norfolk, Claflin had a passion for football, which he played through his childhood. When he broke his ankle in high school, he had to abandon his dream of playing professionally. That led Claflin to pursue acting, and the 29-year-old made his acting debut in the TV miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. He gained mainstream notoriety as Phillip Swift in Pirates of the Caribbean. (He won a 2012 Teen Choice Award for best movie breakout for his role in Snow White and the Huntsman.)
Now: Claflin’s first role after the whirlwind success of the Hunger Games was as Alex in the film adaptation of the novel Where Rainbows End. He is currently filming Me Before You and the sequel of Snow White and the Huntsman, entitled, The Huntsman (both to be released in 2016.)
Then: Malone took an interest in acting at a very young age, watching her mother perform in community productions in their Sparks, Nevada, hometown. She began professionally acting in 1996, and her performance in the Bastard Out of Carolina won her an Independent Spirit Award for best debut performance. She went on to work on various TV projects until crossing over to film, nailing memorable roles in Contact and Stepmom. Her first leading role came in the 2001 cult classic Donnie Darko.
Now: Playing the fierce Johanna Mason in the second, third and upcoming forth film of the franchise, Malone is moving on to another action-packed, big budget blockbuster: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In 2015, she acted alongside Keanu Reeves in the upcoming thriller The Neon Demon.
Then: Growing up, the British actress was a star student — though when she didn’t get the necessary A grade to study history at Cambridge, her goal, she began auditioning for drama schools and delved into an acting career. After a series of small roles, she played Anne Boleyn in the first two seasons of The Tudors (2007 and 2008) and then took several roles on the stage. She returned to the big screen as Pvt. Lorraine in Captain America: The First Avenger. Since 2012, Dormer has played the sultry, quietly powerful Margaery Tyrell on Game of Thrones.
Now: Dormer lends the role of Cressida an electric intensity (the half shaved head certainly helps). She continues to steal scenes in Game of Thrones, of course. Most recently, she starred in a BBC drama called The Scandalous Lady W, playing the lead role of 18th century noblewoman Seymour Worsley.