Joshua Ryan \"Josh\" Hutcherson is an American actor and producer. A native of Kentucky, Hutcherson began his acting career in the early 2000s and appeared in several commercials and minor film and television roles before landing his first major role in 2002 in the pilot episode of House Blend. His first film role was in Miracle Dogs on Animal Planet, followed by a motion-capture performance in The Polar Express and a voice-acting role in Howl's Moving Castle.\nHutcherson's other early notable film appearances were in Little Manhattan, Zathura, RV, Bridge to Terabithia, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and The Kids Are All Right. In 2011, he landed the leading role of Peeta Mellark in the box office record-setting film series The Hunger Games, released annually from 2012 to 2014, for which he won ten minor awards out of twelve nominations. During the same period he also played a lead role in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and a voice role in the animated film Epic.\nThroughout his career, Hutcherson has expressed an interest in directing and producing.