BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES Interview w/ Sofia Sanchez On Playing Wovey (Exclusive)

64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes follows a young Coriolanus as he unites with Lucy Gray Baird in the 10th Hunger Games, and battles his instincts for both good and evil.

The movie, which is now available to purchase on digital before hitting Blu-ray later this month, features over two-and-a-half-hours of special features.

Last month, we sat down to talk with star Sofia Sanchez to discuss her phenomenal work as Wovey in the movie. An actress, model, and advocate who received global acclaim for her viral video “Down Syndrome Is Not Scary,” Sofia takes us through just how amazing it was to play the fan-favourite District 8 tribute.

“Well, it was a dream come true to be in this movie,” she explains in the video below. “I was so excited to be in it and be cast as Wovey. It was so much fun. I had the best time.”

As for what it was like to bring the book version of Wovey to life on screen (and to shoot a much different death scene from the one that’s on the page), Sofia revealed, “I liked reading the script because I can get into character. When I read the book, it was so different…I didn’t drink the water, in this movie, I died by thousands of snakes! It was not all real, though. It was fake!”

The actress also had nothing but good things to say about the movie’s lead and the friendship they developed on set. “I love Rachel [Zegler]. She’s the best actor in the Hunger Games movies. She can sing and she’s my favourite actor because she’s so brave and gives the best hugs in the whole world…Lucy Grey is really powerful. She can sing. She has an incredible voice and sings like a songbird.”

You can check out the full interview in the player below (via 

0:12 – How it felt to learn she’d be competing in the Hunger Games as Wovey
0:33 – The training and preparation involved with the role
1:34 – Reading the books and Wovey’s different fate
2:22 – Shooting Wovey’s death scene with the CGI snakes
3:40 – Bonding with co-star Rachel Zegler
4:45 – Working with actors of a similar age
5:07 – Future acting aspirations, her love of Barbie, and upcoming book (“You Are Brave”)
6:40 – Being brave to play Wovey
7:59 – The franchise’s diversity
8:22 – Her favourite thing about working on The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is available to purchase on digital on January 30 and on 4K, Blu-ray and DVD on February 13.