After Willow Shields' stunning performance in the role of Primrose Everdeen in "The Hunger Games" movie (we can't be the only ones who cried real, actual tears during her goodbye scene with Katniss after the Reaping, right?), fans of the franchise have been waiting impatiently to see her return to the big screen in "Catching Fire"—and that's great! Except, of course, that we have to wait a whole year before it happens, and that is way too long. So we were pretty pumped to find out that before she returns to Panem and the role of Prim, we can catch her in a command appearance on an upcoming episode of "R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour." And if you're wondering what it's all about, you can get the skinny straight from Willow herself! Check out our exciting interview with the star about her latest role, her favorite scary movies and the spookiest study space ever...and then stick around to watch a creepy clip of her performance in the upcoming episode, "The Intruders."
Hollywood Crush: What can you tell us about your character in the "Intruders," the episode you starred in?
Willow: I play a girl named Eve, who is upset about her new baby brother and all the attention he is getting. Eve feels angry a lot of the time, until she meets someone who offers her the chance at a different life. Eve has to make some very hard choices.
What was the audition process like?
I didn’t audition for the part! The role was offered to me, and I was so excited to be a part of "The Haunting Hour." It is such a cool show and it was so much fun shooting the "Intruders."
What goes into filming a show like this? Did anything creepy happen on set?
It was really fun filming on set and everyone was really nice. I loved going to Vancouver. While working, I did my schoolwork in the attic of this house we were shooting in. It was kind of scary up there with creaking floors and all! That was probably the scariest part for me. I think attics are terrifying anyways, but to be shooting “The Haunting Hour” of all things, and doing my work there, that was scary!
Have you seen "The Haunting Hour" yet (or the "Intruders" specifically)? Is it terrifying? (Are we going to have to watch it through our fingers?)
I have seen every episode of “The Haunting Hour." I think! But I have not seen my own yet. I will be watching it with everyone else when it comes on! The “Intruders” is really more like a psychological thriller. It is a pretty intense episode with some interesting twists. I think it is scary because of how so many kids can feel like Eve at some point, and what could happen when you feel that angry.
Do you have a favorite horror story or scary movie?
"Poltergeist" terrifies me! When the little girl Carol Anne is talking to the TV, I get shivers every time.
What's the scariest thing that's ever happened to you?
Besides being lost in Costco when I was four, I have mostly been terrified of listening to scary stories around a campfire. We camp a lot as a family, and at night my dad would try and tell us scary stories. This made eating s’mores difficult. The story would start with something like...and the old man who lived in these woods...I would then run back into the camper terrified.
Willow's episode of "The Haunting Hour" airs this Saturday on The Hub at 6 p.m. ET!
Will you be watching "The Haunting Hour" this weekend? Are you psyched to see Willow in a new role? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!