Amandla Stenberg is an American actress and singer.
Remember the movie, The Hunger Games? Well, she portrayed Rue, the cute and innocent little girl from District 11, who was the companion of Katniss Everdeen, from District 12!
Stenberg was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of Karen Brailsford, a spiritual counselor and writer, and Tom Stenberg. Her mother is African American, her father is Danish, and her paternal grandmother had Greenlandic Inuit ancestry. Her first name means “power” or “strength” in the South African languages IsiXhosa and Zulu.
She appeared on the screens as early as the age of four. When I was four, I was busy crawling and scribbling on the walls! Stenberg started doing catalog modeling shoots for Disney. She has appeared in commercials for clients such as Boeing. In 2011, she appeared in her first feature film, Colombiana, as a younger version of Zoe Saldana’s character. Her career breakthrough came when she was cast as Rue in the 2012 film The Hunger Games.
Stenberg co-wrote the comic book Niobe: She is Life with Sebastian Jones. The first issue, illustrated by Ashley A. Woods, was published in November 2015. In May 2017 the pair released Niobe: She is Death, the second part of the trilogy.
In 2017, she starred in the romantic drama Everything, Everything, directed by Stella Meghie, and co-starring Nick Robinson. She will also play the lead in Amma Asante’s World War II drama Where Hands Touch.
Stenberg considers herself an intersectional feminist. She is outspoken about her political views in interviews and on social media and was named “Feminist of the Year” in 2015 by the Ms. Foundation for Women.
In 2016, Stenberg announced via Instagram that she would be attending film school at New York University.
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