Gary Ross, director of the international blockbuster The Hunger Games delivered the commencement address today to graduates of USC’s School of Theatre. Nursing a cold, Ross enthusiastically urged the class to “live life fully.” At the same time, the director warned the 2012 grad class that he wasn’t going to “sugarcoat” the years of struggle they would likely have ahead as actors. Ross told the students that even if they found success in “the churning industry of global media” to always remember that “people who want to be stars get their teeth capped. People who want to be actors go to work.” Ross, who received USC’s Scripter Award in 2004 for Seabiscuit, spoke for about 15 minutes.

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