By Adam Spunberg and Savanna New

The Hunger Games world is abuzz with casting rumors. For those of you who don’t know, The Hunger Games is a futuristic trilogy set in a dystopian version of America, where children are forced to fight to the death on national television. The first in this immensely successful book series, by Suzanne Collins, is now being set to a highly anticipated film, which is expected to rival Harry Potter and Twilight.

We are extremely fortunate to have Gabby Vittoria and Pauline Hughes from The Hob to break down the leading contenders in this heated casting debate. What time is it? Effie Standard Time! At least, it is if you’re Katniss and Peeta en route to the Hunger Games. Today, we pour through the many possibilities for ditzy, punctuality-obsessed District 12 escort, Effie Trinket. If we pick well, and remember not to eat with our hands, she might finally get out of District Effin’ 12.

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Part I: Katniss
Part II: Haymitch
Part III: Peeta
Part IV: Gale
Part V: Effie
Part VI: President Snow
Part VII: Prim
Part VIII: Cinna
Part IX: Rue
Part X: Tributes
Part XI: The Others

Related: Interview with Tanvi Berwah of Hunger Games Network on the international impact

Kristin Chenoweth

Gabby: Kristin Chenoweth! She is IT for me. She has the acting chops and was born to play Effie. She is really big on using her Twitter, and her followers send her gifts. One follower sent her the Hunger Games books and she tweeted that she loved them! Grade: A++++++++

Pauline: The only person I can see [as Effie] is Kristin Chenoweth. I wouldn’t even think it was fair to grade anyone other than her, and I don’t even know anyone else who has been mentioned for the role. She has tweeted that she has read the books and commented on doing it, and she seems like she would be interested. Grade: A+++++

Kristin Chenoweth

Adam: This is one case where the power of the fans could leave an indelible mark. I have heard Chenoweth’s name tossed around for Effie since the day Haymitch got plastered at the reaping. She’s as multi-talented an actress as any in Hollywood right now. A real Effie triple threat: chirpy voice, Capitol refinement, spacey but responsible. Of course, I doubt Effie tweets the most ridiculous stuff while on Ambien every night, but I love it when she does. More than anything, Chenoweth possesses the unique ability to give a Capitol-aligned figure some real likability. And she’s so down to Earth — a fan’s dream, especially when she’ll start tweeting all about her daily shoots. The question we should be asking is not “Who will be Effie?” but “If not Kristin Chenoweth, then who?” And if it isn’t her, then someone’s got some explaining to do. Grade: A+++++++

Kristin Chenoweth

Savanna: Even if Kristin Chenoweth weren’t a brilliant, Tony Award-winning actress, it wouldn’t matter. Because she is Effie Trinket. From Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Olive Snook in Pushing Daisies to Glinda the Good Witch in Wicked, nearly every character that Kristin has inhabited has been imbued with an Effieness so pure, it can only be innate. If it wasn’t Kristin’s chipmunk voice that you heard when Effie made her cheerful “Ladies first!” announcement at the reaping, then you must be crazy. Or simply unfamiliar with the singing-and-dancing delight that is Ms. Chenoweth. It’s true that Kristin doesn’t naturally possess every Trinket trait; she seems much less uptight, and thankfully lacks the rather naïve world view that comes from Effie’s Capitol upbringing. But as we saw in Wicked, she has no trouble slipping into a gown of glittering ignorance when required. Grade: E for Effie

If you’d like to see Kristin don that pink Effie wig, we urge you to join the Kristin Chenoweth for Effie Trinket movement on Facebook. It worked for Betty White and SNL, right? (Adam adds: And they’re both fine-looking women!)



Adam Spunberg is a senior writer at Picktainment and founder of the Austen Twitter Project. Email him at or tweet @AdamSpunberg.

Savanna New is an associate editor at Picktainment. Email her at