"We have a text chain," Josh Hutcherson tells PEOPLE
Their time on The Hunger Games may have come to an end, but the odds of its stars remaining friends for years to come? Favorable.
“We have a text chain, we talk, we fly around to see each other – we make it work in many ways,” Josh Hutcherson, 23, told PEOPLE of keeping up with costars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 premiere in New York on Wednesday.
And with all the bonding time they got filming and promoting the franchise for four years, the last day of production was a memorable one for the onscreen trio.
“The final moment, when we wrapped the movie, was pretty poignant. That was the moment when everything came to an end, so I really vividly remember that – it was me, Jen, Liam, the whole cast all together on set, and that’s just a great time,” says Hutcherson.
A great time – and one filled with water works and revelry.
“There were a lot of tears: a lot of champagne [and] a lot of tears,” says director Francis Lawrence, 44, who says throwing back bubbly with J-Law is, as expected, “just like drinking with a normal girl.”
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 hits theaters Friday.
For more on the final chapter in the franchise, check out PEOPLE’s special edition THE HUNGER GAMES: INSIDE ALL FOUR MOVIES on sale now.