by Marianne Dabir
At 21 years old, Alexander Ludwig's career is already in full swing. The blond, blue-eyed heartthrob is fast becoming one of Young Hollywood's most recognizable faces, in large part from his show-stealing performance in a little film called The Hunger Games.
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No wonder, then, that he was just named as one of Abercrombie and Fitch's "Stars on the Rise". Alongside other up-and-coming celebs-and some canine actors, too!-he'll star in their denim-themed back-to-school campaign, shot by legendary photographer Bruce Weber. Since the brand has a pretty stellar track record for sniffing out young talent (their past picks include Taylor Swift, Penn Badgley, and Channing Tatum), it's safe to say that Alexander is one to watch-that is, if aren't already.
We grabbed a few minutes with the actor to find out what he's been up to since The Hunger Games hit theaters.
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How does it feel to be an official "Star on the Rise?"
I am very flattered. It's always nice to know your work is appreciated!
Even though you're an established actor, you're still young. How do you make time for fun while staying focused on your career?
It's important to have fun and relax once in a while. It helps that I love what I do and the people I work with.
One of the things you love to do is make music. You actually released a song last year!
My first single was more something I did for fun. I've changed my style a lot, and went back to my roots to work with the first guy who taught me how to play guitar, who actually produced my next three songs.
You got pretty physical in your role as Cato in The Hunger Games. Are you a sporty guy off-camera, too?
Absolutely. I compete in freestyle skiing back home in Whistler, British Columbia, and I surf on the weekends with my buddies. I've been playing basketball, hockey, and soccer all my life, but I just learned how to play football for my upcoming role in When the Game Stands Tall.
So far, you've worked with a pretty impressive roster of superstar actors. Is there anyone you consider a mentor?
I recently worked with Eric Bana on Lone Survivor, and I consider him a close friend that I deeply admire. He stays close to his friends, and is a great family man who never lets his work trump the most important aspects of life. And Shaquille O'Neil told me to save my money when I worked with him on Grown Ups 2-that's great advice.
Among your peers, you count AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson as good friends. How do you guys all stay so grounded?
Love them both. Though we don't see each other enough because of our work schedules, we all keep our close friends around. It's important to stay close to the people who aren't afraid to remind you where you came from.
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by Marianne Dabir