Biography of Amandla Stenberg
Full Name: Amandla Stenberg
Date of birth: October 23, 1998
First Movie: Colombiana
Occupation: Actress, Model
Amandla Stenberg Biography Overview: Early, Family Life and Rise to Fame
Amandla Stenberg (born October 23,1998 ) is an American teen actress. Amandla means power in Zulu, South Africa. She’s best known for her role in Colombiana as Cataleya and The Hunger Games as Rue.
Stenberg was born in Los Angeles. Her mother, Karen Brailsford, is African-American, and her father, Tom Stenberg, is Danish (born in Copenhagen). Her paternal grandmother was from Greenland and had Inuit ancestry.
She has two older half-sisters on her father’s side. At four, Stenberg started doing catalog modeling shoots for Disney. She also has appeared in several commercials for McDonald’s, Kmart, and others.
Rise to Fame
In 2011, she also made her debut in a feature film, Colombiana, as a younger version of Zoe Saldana’s character. Stenberg’s career breakthrough came when she was cast as Rue in the 2012 film, The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’s young adult book.
February 2012, it was announced that Stenberg would appear in Rio 2 as Bia, one of Blu and Jewel’s daughters. Stenberg had a recurring role on season one of Sleepy Hollow.
In the summer of 2015, she played series regular Halle Foster on Mr. Robinson. She also stared as lead character in the movies Everything Everything; The Hate you give. Stenberg started performing with her favorite instrument – violin and singing harmonies at Los Angeles venues with singer/songwriter Zander Hawley in 2013. They released their first EP in August 2015 as the folk-rock duo Honeywater. The magazine Dazed named Stenberg one of the most incendiary voices of her generation" when it featured her on its Autumn 2015 cover.
She was also included in Time’s list of Most Influential Teens in both 2015 and 2016, and named to Oprah Winfrey’s SuperSoul 100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016. Stenberg has also spoken publicly on social media about cultural appropriation. She sees social media as a new platform to speak up about matters in the society. Amandla Steinberg is more than a movie star: she’s an activist, political pioneer and leading voice of her generation.
Amandla is 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.
Stenberg announced via Instagram that she would be attending film school at New York University in 2016. Stenberg identifies as non-binary, and uses both and she pronouns. She has previously said she was bisexual and pansexual.
In June 2018, she came out as gay in an interview with Wonderland magazine and she is dating singer King Princess.
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