Template:Character Messalla is part of a TV crew that films propos for the war as part of the Airtime Assault. He is the assistant to the director, Cressida. He is originally from the Capitol but has joined the rebels in the war.
When Katniss' sharpshooter squad, 451, is selected for a mission to go to the Capitol, the TV crew comes along as well to continue to film propos for the war. At one point during the mission the team is forced to find refuge in an abandoned apartment which bares the same floorplan as Messalla's previous residence in the Capitol. Messalla proves most valuable because he knows where people would be most likely to stash food in the hidden storage spaces. As a result, the team finds canned goods and are able to eat.
Later in the mission when the team is underground and running from the white lizard mutts, Messalla falls prey to an unmarked pod. He is trapped in a wide shaft of golden light that radiates from ceiling to floor. Gale's arrows are unable to penetrate it and Messalla is as still as a statue, poised up on the ball of one foot, head tilted back, mouth stretched wide as if yelling. Inside the shaft of light, his flesh melts off his body like candle wax. The other members are unable to do anything to help as they watch him die.
Messalla is described as being a slim young man with several sets of earrings. His tongue has also been pierced, and he wears a stud with a silver ball the size of a marble.