We didn’t get to see much of Brooke Bundy as Octavia in The Hunger Games, but we’re looking forward to seeing more of her in the movie’s sequels and are learning more about how she went form a Brooklyn babysitter to a part of the biggest movie of the year.
“I knew she was an actor, but she was really humble about this project,” said fellow Ditmas Park parent Liz Fisher, who hires Bundy to watch her two kids, Abe, 8, and Rose, 4.
“I got a text from another mom saying, ‘Did you know your baby-sitter is in ‘The Hunger Games?’ ” I was excited to see it before, but I’m really excited now.”
… Bundy moved to the Big Apple from suburban San Francisco seven years ago to study acting at New York University.
She worked odd jobs from waiting tables to clerical work between gigs at the Cake Shop and the Playwrights Theatre School, but found baby-sitting regularly for $15 to $20 an hour a better fit.
Brooke also talks about she landed the role of Octavia.
She didn’t hesitate sending in an audition tape, however, when her North Carolina friends tipped her off to a local “Hunger Games” casting call down south last year.
“I said four words on that tape, and it changed my life,” she said.
She went down to Asheville to try out in person, but it was weeks before she could tell anyone she won the role.
“It was like being inducted into the CIA,” she said. “The casting announcements were so secretive and so huge.”
While her scenes are short in the first film, watch for her green-skinned Capitol character’s screen time to expand in the sequels.
“This is one of the better big breaks you could ask for,” Bundy said. “It’s a great way to get acclimated to the hubbub of Hollywood and that level of attention.”
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