AMANDLA STENBERG CHATS ABOUT HELPING TO FIGHT HUNGER AND MORE
Amandla Stenberg has amazed audiences everywhere from her performance in “Colombiana” to “The Hunger Games.” She is also a successful philanthropist, being a spokesperson for Ubuntu Education Fund, No Kid Hungry Campaign, to name a few. The young starlet recently took time to talk to Rookie Mag about her work as a do-gooder, acting roles, and more. Check out the interview highlights below.
On working with Share Our Strength
Share Our Strength is an incredible organization that works with different school districts to provide meals for kids. I think it can be too easy to forget that there are hungry kids here in America. It’s not something that’s focused on very often. The best way to show support is to go on the No Kid Hungry website and make a pledge to help out, either by sending money or by volunteering somewhere in your area. Your help will be appreciated.
On favorite role so far
I don’t know if I can pick a favorite, because my experience has been so varied. But what I loved about The Hunger Games is that it had a fantastic cast. It was basically like summer camp. We were all in the woods together for three months. There were a lot of pranks pulled and sleepovers and that kind of thing. It is kind of a rare experience where all the members of a cast like each other. There were no conflicts or anything.
My role in Colombiana (2011) was an honor to play. [Amandla played a little girl who witnesses the murder of her parents and grows up to be a hit woman played by Zoe Saldana.] I was excited about it because you don’t see that many powerful women in movies as lead characters. But to be honest I was a little nervous about it too, because [Saldana’s role] was also highly sexualized and all that. But my character was exciting to play because it was a very positive character. She’s strong and independent. She didn’t need anybody.
On how it feels to be a young lady in a industry focused on looks
My opinion on how I should look would be completely different if it weren’t for Rookie. Rookie completely changed my thoughts about what it means to be an individual and how I can show my individuality through my wardrobe. It doesn’t have to be so perfect and Barbie-like, you know? I’ve found that one of my favorite ways to express myself is through my clothes, because I’m not conforming to some ideal. I do know some other young girls in the industry who are affected by those ideals. It is very sad to see. So, I feel very lucky to have come across Rookie!
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