Schafer stars in the latest film in the franchise, 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,' as the fashionable Tigris
Hunter Schafer may have manifested her Hunger Games role many Halloweens ago.
The 24-year-old is among the stars joining the franchise based on the novels by Suzanne Collins.
But before playing the part of Tigris, cousin of future Panem president Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) and a stylist for tributes in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (out now), Schafer had already asserted herself as a member of The Capitol years before her film debut.
On Tuesday, she took to Instagram with a throwback photo of her 13-year-old self dressed in a colorful DIY costume, inspired by the original films starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, for Halloween.
“I don’t like being sappy on here but this experience has meant the world not only to me now, but to 13-year-old me (last slide, pre-egg crack, made my own generic 'capitol person' Halloween costume) who I don’t think could’ve dreamed of doing something like this someday. This is for her,” Schafer captioned the carousel.
The post also features a poster for the prequel and a photo of her costumed as Tigris.
Schafer’s childhood photo first made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week.
During the sit-down interview, host Jimmy Fallon said, “I think this is cool because you’ve been a fan of The Hunger Games since you were a kid,” before pulling out the picture.
“I was obsessed with how the Capitol people were in costumes and I made my own costume once,” she said.
“Now you’re in Hunger Games as a Capitol person!” exclaimed Fallon of the full-circle moment.
Earlier this month, Schafer, accompanied by her costar Rachel Zegler, chatted with PEOPLE about being a part of such an impactful movie series. “This feels different than any sort of fan experience I've had in the past because with a TV show, the fans sort of accumulate over time,” she said.
Schafer and Zegler also gave insight on what went on behind the scenes, such as how the cast let off steam during an intense movie shoot.
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They revealed it was the nightclub scene in Berlin, Germany, where they were shooting, that enabled them to have fun.
“Berlin is a capital of techno, and so we had some really good resources as far as getting to dance,” Schafer said with a smile. “To decompress after an intense day of filming, something with a high BPM—‘boom, boom, boom’—you can exorcize whatever you need to.”
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