Willow Shields (born June 1, 2000) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games film series.

Early life

Willow Shields was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Carrie and Rob Shields, an art teacher.[2] She has a fraternal twin sister, and an older brother, both of whom are also actors.

Career

Shields's first job was in 2008 narrating the short film Las Vegas New Mexico 1875. She portrayed Lisa Rogan a.k.a. Lisa Royal in a 2009 episode of the USA Network drama In Plain Sight, entitled "In My Humboldt Opinion", and the voice of a girl watching a gun fight in the 7-minute 2008 Western short film Las Vegas New Mexico 1875. In 2011, Shields appeared on CBS in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Beyond the Blackboard, starring Emily VanCamp. In the television movie, Shields portrayed a homeless child named Grace.

Shields co-starred in The Hunger Games, portraying Primrose Everdeen.[3] She reprised her role in the sequels, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.[4] She has said that "just growing up as the character is going to be really fun".[5] Shields will also star in The Wonder and A Fall From Grace.

On February 24, 2015, Shields was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. Her professional partner was Mark Ballas.[6] At age 14, she is the youngest competitor to ever appear on the show (taking the record from Zendaya, who was 16 when she competed on Season 16). In a shocking turn of events, the couple was eliminated in the seventh week of competition, (finishing in 7th place) despite receiving consistently high scores from the judges throughout the season.[7]

Dancing With the Stars performances

Week #Dance/SongJudges' scoreResult
InabaGoodmanHoughTonioli
1Cha-Cha-Cha / "Lips Are Movin"6667No elimination
2Argentine Tango / "Somebody That I Used to Know"8888Safe
3Paso Doble / "Hanuman"8888Safe
4Contemporary / "Atlas"1091010Safe
5Foxtrot / "Alice's Theme"8899Safe
6Salsa / "Tequila"
Team Freestyle / "Wipe Out"
9
10
8
9
8
10
9
10
Safe
7Jazz /"Electric Feel"
Salsa Dance-Off / "Temperature"
9
Awarded
9
2
9
Extra
10
Points
Eliminated

Filmography

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2008Las Vegas New Mexico 1875Girl Watching Gun Fight (voice)Short film
2009In Plain SightLisa Rogan/Lisa Royal1 episode
2011Beyond the BlackboardGraceTV film
2012The Hunger GamesPrimrose Everdeen
2012R.L. Stine's The Haunting HourEveEpisode: "Intruders"
2013The Hunger Games: Catching FirePrimrose Everdeen
2014The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1Primrose Everdeen
2015The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2Primrose Everdeen
2015A Fall from GraceGrace
2015Dancing with the StarsHerself/ContestantSeason 20
2016The WonderRachel