THE ATLANTA WONDER

Things are heating up for Stephanie Leigh Schlund. Known for roles in Drop Dead Diva and The Following, this talented performer is set to thrill in the November 22nd release of The Hunger-Games: Catching Fire. Playing Tribute ‘Cashmere’ from District 1 in the highly anticipated action-drama, we settle in with this engaging -beauty to talk fashion, success and the role of a lifetime.

STEPHANIE LEIGH SCHLUND

THE ESSENTIALS

BEST CHILDHOOD MEMORY: The Easter bunny left footprints in -kitchen in permanent marker, and 17
years later, there are still pink footprints in that -kitchen!

DESIGNER CRUSH: Zac Posen, Michael Kors, Diane-von-Furstenberg.

CLOSET MUST-HAVES: Black tank top, black leggings and a neutral/nude-colored pair of heels.

LAST GREAT FASHION FIND: A pair of Gucci pants I found under a pile at a department store!

#1-BEAUTY SECRET: Water…I drink it like it’s going out of style!

GUILTIEST PLEASURE: Tabloids…unless I’m in them!

THE GREAT ESCAPE: Dominican Republic.

BEST POPCORN FLICK: Pretty Woman

DREAM DINNER GUEST: Leonardo Da Vinci

THE INFLUENCER: My mom

BEST QUOTE: ‘The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference.’

HYDROGEN MAGAZINE: Tell me about growing up in Atlanta…

STEPHANIE LEIGH SCHLUND: It was fun. Its one of the most culturally diverse places I’ve ever lived. It was great because there was city life and then a country -home.

HM: You got your -start in modeling. What was that world like for you?

SLS: Well, I always wanted to be an actress, so modeling for me was just a means of getting from point A to point B. I guess I learned about hair and make-up [laughs]!

HM: When did acting come into the frame?

SLS: I was born knowing what I was meant to do. Knock-on-wood, it’s been a very fun road, and I’m living life exactly how I want to.

HM: You’ve got Drop Dead Diva and The Following on your resume…not bad at all, I’d say. What were those creative experiences like for you?

SLS: They were good. They were very different characters and the joke in family is that I’m either dying or getting married…neither of which have happened to me! But the ability to work on two successful shows was great and nice to have on my -resume. I got to work with Kevin Williamson, the writer for The Following who is so smart, and then with Josh Berman on Drop Dead Diva who is also brilliant and it was great to work with them both.

HM: Let’s talk about The Hunger-Games: Catching Fire. First of all, what does it feel like being
caught in the eye of this crazy storm, with the fans and the huge success of the film?

SLS: It’s been a wild ride! When I got the role, I had to keep it my little secret until I was announced but nothing could have prepared me for this. It’s been my life for last year solid but honestly, our fan base is amazing. They are so sweet and warm and it’s been such a blessing.

HM: You play Tribute ‘Cashmere’ from District 1. And Cashmere and her brother Gloss (Alan Ritchson) battle Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson’s characters for the title in the 74th Annual Hunger-Games Quarter Quell. Tell me all about Cashmere.

SLS: Cashmere is a mass manipulator who uses her -beauty to get what she wants. She is from District 1 and has been trained from birth to fight, and she is also a natural born killer, so, kind of a double dose. She fears little and that confidence may get best of her. It was great working with Jennifer [Lawrence] one on one. She is Cashmere’s nemesis because Katniss is winning hearts and Cashmere is trying to do the same as she needs votes to stay in the game.

HM: Do you see any of yourself in Cashmere?

SLS: I wouldn’t have very many friends if I did [laughs]! I can relate on a fashion level, but that’s about it!

HM: Most unexpected moment while shooting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire…

SLS: Do you know what it’s like to stare at the back end of a horse for three days [laughs]?

HM: What would we be surprised to know about you?

SLS: I was training for The Hunger Games and had to learn to throw left handed. I paint, so when we wrapped, I started painting left handed. Let’s see, I don’t like chocolate and I can’t sit with my back to the door.

HM: What do you indulge in when you are not working?

SLS: I try to spend as much time as I can working with my charities, Pals around the World and After School All Stars, and I volunteer as much as I can. I just worked with Ryan Seacrest’s foundation at a healthcare center which was amazing. There’s not much downtown, so it becomes a game of how to entertain yourself between gigs!

HM: What do your family make of your success? What do you make of it all?

SLS: My family have been supportive all along, even when my resume was a blank sheet of paper. They’ve handled things a bit better than me at times. I feel really blessed. As for me, I am a go-getter so I always knew I would go for big things. But being in the limelight if you will, also gives me a voice and I try to treat it with respect and do good with it.

HM: What’s the master plan?

SLS: I haven’t even begun to push the brink, there’s so much I want to do. I would love to get behind the camera one day and direct, and I’m sure I will dabble in other aspects as well.

‘THE HUNGER GAMES CATCHING FIRE’ OPENS IN U.S. THEATRES NOVEMBER 22ND

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOE DEANGELIS: http://www.joedeangelisphotographer.com/

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