When I saw today that Leven Rambin – who plays District 1 tribute Glimmer in The Hunger Games – had posed in her underwear for Maxim, I was briefly shocked. After all, even though this is a dystopian deathmatch, the parental advisory warnings teeter more on the side of gore than sex. (If you’ve read the books, you’ll remember that any mentions of kids getting action were quick and charged, but not explicit.)
With this young-adult franchise about to break into the movies, you would think that it would be a good idea for the actors to remain relatively chaste in the public eye. For instance, while Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen) was mentioned in Maxim‘s Top 100 of 2011, she hasn’t yet posed for the mag.
But as quickly as that thought came, I suddenly wasn’t scandalized anymore. Even dating back to the first book, The Hunger Games has always been much darker than the Harry Potter and Twilight series. And while a lot of the tributes chosen were unknowns before being cast, others like Leven had a life. A life filled with rumors about stealing her friends’ boyfriends, no less.
In fact, that’s why it was so fitting that the General Hospital star was cast as Glimmer. Here’s how she described the role to Maxim: “I play Glimmer, one of the competitors. She has this crazy sexuality that she tries to manipulate people with, but once she gets into the arena she’s a vicious killing machine.”
We probably won’t see any of the sex — oh my God, does she seduce Seneca Crane?! — but early photos have definitely corroborated that Leven is playing Glimmer as beautiful and unhinged. She’s one of the tributes I’m most excited to see on the big screen.
However, Leven isn’t restricted to just older, sexy spreads: She also took the time to appear in Nylon with her fellow female tributes Amandla Stenberg, Jackie Emerson, and Isabelle Fuhrman. This girl obviously appreciates the entire spectrum of her audience.