Stepping Back in Time with “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”
This week marks a significant moment for “The Hunger Games” fans in the UK, as the franchise’s latest installment, “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” hits cinemas. This prequel takes us 64 years back, before the original films, introducing new characters and storylines.
Meet Sejanus Plinth: Portrayed by Josh Andrés Rivera
One of the fresh faces in this prequel is Sejanus Plinth, a character unfamiliar to those who’ve only seen the original movies. Josh Andrés Rivera, a young actor with an already impressive resume, takes on this vital role. He’s previously appeared in a Best Picture nominee, showcasing his burgeoning talent in the industry.
Who is Josh Andrés Rivera?
As Sejanus Plinth, Rivera plays a crucial part in the prequel, which explores the early days of Panem and its notorious Hunger Games. Sejanus is a classmate of the future villain and President of Panem, Coriolanus Snow. Portrayed as a morally upright young man from District 2, now residing in the Capitol, Sejanus doesn’t align with the Capitol’s oppressive regime.
The Journey of Josh Andrés Rivera
Born on May 1, 1995, in California to Puerto Rican parents, Rivera has not only marked his presence in the cinematic world but also in the realm of theater. He was part of the touring company for the acclaimed musical “Hamilton,” further solidifying his versatile acting skills.
Rivera’s Previous Endeavors and Future Projects
Before stepping into the world of “The Hunger Games,” Rivera starred alongside Rachel Zegler in Steven Spielberg‘s adaptation of “West Side Story,” playing Chino. His recent work includes a role in “Cat Person” and an upcoming part in “American Sports Story,” where he’ll portray former NFL player Aaron Hernandez.
Rivera’s Perspective on His Character in “The Hunger Games”
In an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com, Rivera shared his insights about playing Sejanus Plinth. “Something that really drew me to him is he has such strong convictions,” Rivera expressed. He admired Sejanus’s unwavering belief in the goodness of people, despite the oppressive environment of The Capitol and the Hunger Games.
Rivera’s Connection with “The Hunger Games”
Rivera also revealed a personal connection with the original “Hunger Games” novel, noting it was the first book he read that he “couldn’t put down.” This connection undoubtedly adds depth to his portrayal of Sejanus in the film.
Rivera’s Social Media Presence
For fans eager to know more about Rivera, he maintains an active Instagram presence [@joshandresrivera], boasting over 40,000 followers. His Twitter account [@joshandresrivera], though less active, still offers insights into his personal and professional life.
Josh Andrés Rivera is a name to watch in the entertainment industry. With his impactful performance as Sejanus Plinth in “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes,” he’s poised to leave a lasting mark. His journey from theater to the big screen reflects his versatile talent and commitment to his craft, making him an exciting actor to follow in the years to come.