“Whatever you do, don’t blink”: Steven Spielberg Had a Strange Advice For The Hunger Games Spin Off Star Rachel Zegler

Rachel Zegler received bizarre advice from Steve Spielberg for her debut film

steven spielberg had a strange advice for the hunger games spin off star rachel zegler


  • Steven Spielberg's experience in Hollywood has made him someone anyone can rely on
  • Rachel Zegler got some incredibly weird advice from the director for her debut film
  • The actress stated that the strange advice helped her win her Golden Globe Award
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Steven Spielberg is one of the wisest men in Hollywood and is known to give all kinds of advice to his peers, whether they are part of his films or not. After all, there is no one who wouldn’t want to get advice from someone who has such a wealth of knowledge. That said, Rachel Zegler certainly had an interesting experience with Spielberg after he gave her some bizarre advice.

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Steven Spielberg has been a part of many iconic franchises over the years, as he has been responsible for films such as the Jurassic Park franchise, Indiana Jones film series, Saving Private Ryan and many other films. That is why his opinion carries a lot of weight when it comes to anything related to films – especially for a young actresses such as Rachel Zegler. 


Also read: Steven Spielberg’s Career as a Director Was Never the Same After the Birth of His First Child

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Steven Spielberg with Oscars

Steven Speilberg Gave Some Bizarre Advice To Rahel Zegler For His Film

Rachel Zegler, who rose to fame with her role as María in the 2021 adaptation of West Side Story, recently decided to share with her fans a very amusing tale about her first day on set with Steven Spielberg. Normally, it would have been an intimidating experience for her, but it turned out to be something else entirely.


The Hunger Games star took to Twitter and talked about her first day on set, where she shared a clip from West Side Story and revealed an interesting detail about one specific shot. Speilberg advised her to not blink during the shot, which was a very odd instruction.

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Rachel Zegler in West Side Story

She jokingly added that she had to refrain from blinking, tearing up, and, most importantly, not collapsing because it was her first day on her first movie ever.


That time, it was my first day on set, and Steven Spielberg said, ‘whatever you do, don’t blink.”’

She even credited her ability to follow Spielberg’s direction for winning the Golden Globe


Imagine Janusz Kaminski putting a whole light in your face, and you have to A) not blink, B) not tear up, and C) not die because it’s your first day on your first movie ever.

This is why I won the Golden Globe. My eyeballs of steel.”

The 22-year-old actress was chosen from a vast pool of over 33,000 applicants for the role of María in West Side Story. Therefore, it clearly goes to show she had something special in her to be part of a Steven Speilberg movie as her debut film.

Also read: “He’s not an a**hole like Spielberg”: Steven Spielberg Became Collateral Damage After Disgruntled Director Went Guns Blazing Against James Cameron


What’s Next For Rachel Zegler’s Career?

Rachel Zegler is only 22 years old but is already making strides in the industry. After West Side Story and The Hunger Games spin off – The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, the actress is set out to star in the live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Rachel Zegler in Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

However, the film has been shrouded in controversy thanks to Rachel Zegler’s comments, insulting and criticizing the original Disney film. Speaking with Extra TV, Rachel Zegler made some snarky comments about Prince Charming, which led to backlash, especially when it came to dismissing male lead Andrew Burnap’s role.


“The original cartoon came out in 1937, and very evidently so. There’s a big focus on her love story with a guy who literally stalks her. Weird. So we didn’t do that this time.

We have a different approach to what I’m sure a lot of people will assume is a love story just because we cast a guy in the movie. All of Andrew’s scenes could get cut, who knows? It’s Hollywood, baby!”

Regardless, we will have to wait and see whether the upcoming Snow White film will turn out to be a hit. After all the negativity she created surrounding the film, it is likely many people want the movie to fail.

Also read: “I never intended to be a movie star”: Not Just Star Wars, Al Pacino Turned Down a Steven Spielberg Blockbuster to Keep His ‘Acting’ Purity Intact


Written by Subhojeet Mookherjee

Subhojeet Mookherjee is a Freelance Entertainment Writer for FandomWire. A lover and expert in all things movies, games, TV shows, music and more. I've been in the writing business for over five years now, covering various topics all over the world. I love engaging in deep conversations with like-minded people.