Amandla Stenberg is an American TV & Movie actress. She is popular for playing Rue in post apocalyptic science fiction 'The Hunger Games'. She played the lead role of Madeline Whittier in romantic drama- 'Everything, Everything'.
Amandla Stenberg (pronunciation Uh-mand-La; Stenberg is a Swedish name) was born on 23rd October 1998 in Los Angeles, California, United States to Tom Stenberg(father- a Danish citizen) & Karen Brailsford(mother- of African American descent)- a writer and spiritual counselor by profession.
Amandla Stenberg: Career
Let My Baby Stay: She released her single in Mac DeMarco's song.
Beginning of her career: Amandla started modeling for Disney at the age of 4.
Commercials: She has appeared in commercials with brands/ products like- Boeing, Build the Dream, GMC SUV, Kmart, Marshalls Law, McDonald's, Sutter Health, Walmart.
Voiceover: She has voice characters in- Falling Skies, Texas Killing Fields.
Amandla Stenberg: Interesting Facts
Meaning of her name: Her first name means 'strength' in the South African languages IsiXhosa, Zulu. It wa sinspired by Miles Davis' 1989 album-Amandla. Amandla Awethu(Power to the People) a slogan shouted at South Africa anti-apartheid rallies.
Singing: Amandla performed singing & violin at Los Angeles in 2013.
Dazed magazine: The British magazine named her an incendiary voice of her generation' in their 2015 cover.
Times' List: she featured in the most influential teens list of 2015 and 2016.
Cultural appropriation: She criticized model & tv presenter Kylie Jenner for using the hairstyle that culturally appropriated others' culture.
Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows: A video Song by Amandla Stenberg about white people culturally appropriating cornrows historically identified with black people.
Niobe: She is Life- A comic book co-written by Amandla Stenberg with the comic writer Sebastian Jones in 2015, they have released the second book of the trilogy by the name- Niobe: She is Death in 2007.
Intersectional feminist: She considers herself a Intersectional feminist.
Feminist of the Year: She was awarded Feminist of the Year award by- Ms. Foundation for Women in 2015.
Sexuality: she is a bisexual, she considers herself non-binary (which doesn't exclude transgenders), also sometimes as pansexual.
You Are Here: A relaxation, spiritual video narrated, created by Amandla for Teen Vogue.
NoKidHungry: She participates in the movement which is aimed towards feeding the poor children in the United States. She is also the Youth Ambassador for No Kid Hungry.
She paid tributes to the victims of Birmingham church bombing.
She owns a Violin owned previously by her grandfather-Tage. Her grandmother Ena is from Greenland.
Ubuntu Education Fund: She supports the organization.
From cradle to career: She supports the organization which is aimed at nurturing the children of South Africa.
The Goodyear Blimp: She went on a airship tour of Goodyear blimps.
Breakout Kid Actor: Entertainment Weekly named her the Number 1 breakout kid actor.
She comes from a very musical family, she started playing music when she was in elementary school.
Black Girls Rock presented her Young, Gifted + Black award.
Most Beautiful: People Magazine listed in the World's most beautiful list in 2017.
30 Under 30 in Hollywood: Forbes listed her in their list of 30 under 30 stars of Hollywood.
Awards: She is either the recipient/ nominee of- NAACP Image Award, BET Awards YoungStars Award, Teen Choice Award, Black Reel Awards among others.
She has attended events like- TeenNick Halo Awards, The BAFTA Britannia Awards, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards,
She has appeared on TV in- KTLA Morning News, Extra, E! News, The Wendy Williams Show.
She was prom date of Jaden Smith.
She was a very active kid, she liked climbing trees as a kid.
Audio book: She voiced the book- Bird by Crystal Chan in 2014
She has acted in dramas such as- Love and Communication, Fiddler on the Roof, Urinetown, Twelfth Night, Alice in Wonderland, Hairspray, Grease
Accents- she can do Spanish, British and Southern accents
Some of the charities she is involved with are- Share Our Strength , National Memorial , MLK Memorial Foundation.
She was on the cover page of Elle September 2016 UK issue
She has 2 older paternal half-siblings.
Amandla Stenberg: Quotes
I definitely feel more confident as I'm growing up knowing more of myself.
I realize that putting up a facade is more detrimental to who I am authentically myself.
Bisexual implies a dichotomy that doesn't take into account transgender people. So maybe pansexual is more accurate for me.
Oftentimes when we play black women, we have to play either the pain or the comedy, Just now are we starting to have three-dimensional, nuanced black characters.
What if America loved Black people as much as black culture?
Black women need better representation In Hollywood.
My mom reminds me that all things are possible.
When I'm myself, most authentically myself, free of self-hatred, free of self-judgment, then I'm also my most revolutionary.
Movies & short films
The Hate U Give: she plays Starr Carter in the Crime Drama Directed by George Tillman Jr. She is in the lead cast along with Sabrina Carpenter.
Colombiana(2011): she played Cat - 10 in the Crime Drama Directed by Olivier Megaton, starring Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue in the lead.
The Hunger Games(2012): she played Rue in the Sci-Fi Thriller Directed by Gary Ross with the cast Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth in the main roles.
A Taste of Romance(2012): she played Taylor in the TV Family Drama by Lee Rose with actors Teri Polo, James Patrick Stuart, Alexander Bedria.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire(2013): she appears in the footage of this movie in her role as Rue, though not in the active role.
Mercy(2013): she acted as Sarah in the Short Drama Directed by Robin Thicke with the cast of Conrad Bluth, Kassandra Carrington, Robert Patrick in the lead.
Child Star Psychologist 3 with Kiernan Shipka(2013): she appeared as herself in this short Comedy Directed by Stoney Sharp.
Rio 2(2014): she voiced the character- Bia in the Animation Comedy Directed by Carlos Saldanha & Created by Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin.
Heads Up America(2015): she appeared in the short comedy by Graydon Sheppard with Louis C.K., Genevieve Hannelius, Kal Penn in the main cast
As You Are(2016): she was Sarah in the Mystery Drama Directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, cast included- Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg.
Where Hands Touch(2017): she played the role of Leyna in the Romance Drama Directed by Amma Asante with Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, Amandla Stenberg in the lead.
Everything, Everything(2017): she played Maddy in the Romance Drama Directed by Stella Meghie along with Nick Robinson, Anika Noni Rose. She has also performed in the song- 'Let My Baby Stay'.
The Darkest Minds(2018): she portrayed the character of Ruby in the Sci-Fi Thriller Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson with Mandy Moore, Gwendoline Christie & Amandla Stenberg herself in the lead.
TV Series/ show
The World Is Watching: Making the Hunger Games(2012): Documentary about the Hunger Games where creators and actors talked about the movie and their roles in it.
Tribute Video Diaries(2012): she was part of the short Video documentary.
The Stunts of the Hunger Games(2012): a Documentary Video on the movie stunts
Sleepy Hollow(2013): she was Macey Irving in the Adventure Fantasy Series with stars Tom Mison, Lyndie Greenwood, Nicole Beharie in the cast.
Mr. Robinson(2015): she portrayed the character Halle Foster in the Comedy Series with the cast of Craig Robinson, Benjamin Koldyke, Brandon Jackson.
Neo Yokio(2017): she vocied the character- 'Helenist' in one of the episodes of the Animation Comedy Series, it starred Jaden Smith, Jude Law, Tavi Gevinson in the lead.