Ann Bray thought it was a joke at first when Catching Fire hair department head Linda Flowers contacted her about working on the sequel to the 2012 blockbuster The Hunger Games.
"I said, ‘Come on,” Bray says. On a recent afternoon, she’s seated near a row of Belvedere chairs inside Huntsville salon The Masters, which she opened in 1974.
"And they said, ‘We’re serious.’ So I talked with them about it. They sent me a story board of what they wanted to do, and I think all but three things were photos they’d collected of mine throughout the magazines. It was really wild. That was really how it came about, through this one photo, because this rose went viral."
Ah yes, the rose.
An image of Bray’s “golden rose” hair design, shot during a session with photographer Luis Alvarez, had caught Flowers’ eye. Actress Elizabeth Banks can be seen wearing the post-modern style in her role as larger-than-life character Effie Trinket, in Catching Fire.