Leven Rambin On Playing Strong Women
Teen Vogue sat down with Leven Rambin to chat about her role in the new film Chasing Mavericks (out in cinemas now). The actress, who plays Glimmer in The Hunger Games and soon to be Clarisse in Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, spoke of how lucky she’s been to play so many strong women:
What made you choose this role?
“Luckily, I was in good physical shape from The Hunger Games, and I was ready for the intensity of surfing. I really loved the story and the heart of the movie. My character’s personality is similar to mine.”
It seems like you gravitate toward playing women who are both physically and emotionally strong. Why is that important to you?
“I’m lucky that people have written these cool, strong roles for young women. They’ve managed to picture me in that vein, and I’m happy because I’ve never been the damsel in distress. I’ve never been the wilting flower. I’ve never been the girl who’s subservient to a man. It’s been difficult to find roles that are independent, strong, and self-assured; I always say I can’t play the princess. I’m not a pretty princess! I’m a tomboy.”
Do you think this is why The Hunger Games resonated with so many girls?
“Exactly. Katniss is a great example of this wave of strong young women. Jennifer Lawrence has strength, confidence, and self-assurance, and it’s important to young people who idolize her.”