Hunter Schafer: ‘Both Jules and Tigris in The Hunger Games use fashion as an armour, which I also deeply relate to’

Hunter Schafer is drawn to the ritualistic side of makeup, she tells me on our Zoom call. “Makeup really is painting at the end of the day,” she notes. “You’re putting on armour for the day or the evening – not to change yourself, but just to kind of elevate yourself.”

GLAMOUR is the only title to speak to Hunter the morning after the London premiere of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. In the first few seconds before the camera is turned off, she looks fresh-faced in a fluffy white dressing gown despite frequently apologising for her croaky voice after “a really fun night with the rest of the cast.”

The word “armour” crops up again when Hunter compares her Euphoria character with that of Tigris Snow, the cousin and confidante of Coriolanus Snow, who she plays in the new The Hunger Games instalment.

We first met Hunter in 2019 when she cycled onto our screens as artistic young trans woman, Jules Vaughn, in Euphoria – the hard-hitting, Emmy Award-winning drama, which follows a group of high-schoolers navigating addiction, sex, drugs, family dynamics and life.

Despite the very different scripts, Hunter says there is one common thread between Jules and Tigris. “They are both fashion girls in a similar way,” she says. “I think it’s a bit of an armour for both of them and one of their strengths in presenting themselves to the world and the way they want to be seen, which I also really deeply relate to.”

Off-screen, Hunter’s forms of expression are multifarious – through her writing (she has contributed to online teen magazine, Rookie), her art work as well as her unorthodox outfits and experimental beauty looks. At just 24, she has modelled for the likes of Dior, Miu Miu, Prada and Marc Jacobs and is a beauty ambassador for Shiseido.

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