Amandla Stenberg is Best Known For Playing young Cataleya in Colombiana (2011), Rue in The Hunger Games (2012), Madeline Whittier in Everything, Everything, and Starr Carter in The Hate U Give (2018).
Born Name Amandla Stenberga
Nick Name Amandl
Occupation Actress, activist
Years active 2011–present
Born: October 23, 1998, 20 years and 5 months, Los Angeles, California, United States
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Dark Brown
Height 5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
Measurements 33-26-34 in or 84-66-86 cm
Bra size 33B
Father – Tom Stenberg
Mother – Karen Brailsford
Siblings – Amandla has 2 older paternal half-sisters.
She is represented by these agencies
United Talent Agency
One Management (Modeling and Endorsements)
Stenberg was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of Karen Brailsford, an African-American spiritual counselor and writer, and Tom Stenberg, who is Danish. Her paternal grandmother had Greenlandic Inuit ancestry.
Stenberg has two older half-sisters on her father’s side. Her first name means “power” or “strength” in the South African languages of IsiXhosa and Zulu.
At the age of four, 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. She voiced Bia in the 2014 animated film Rio 2. 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.
In 2013, Stenberg began performing on the violin and singing harmonies at Los Angeles venues with singer/songwriter Zander Hawley. 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 spoken publicly on social media about cultural appropriation.
Stenberg co-wrote the comic book Niobe: She is Life with Sebastian Jones. The book is an offshoot of Jones’ graphic novel The Untamed. It is set in a fantasy world and follows the journey of a half elf half human princess. According to Jones, it’s the first nationally distributed comic that has a black woman as its protagonist while also having a black woman as the author and another as the artist. Jones wanted Stenberg’s help in creating the comic because it revolved around a young female character. 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 played the lead in Amma Asante’s World War II drama Where Hands Touch, and the contemporary drama The Hate U Give (2018).
Stenberg identifies as 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.
Stenberg identifies as non-binary, and uses both ‘they’ and ‘she’ pronouns. She has previously said she was bisexual and pansexual.
In June 2018, in an interview with Wonderland magazine, she came out as gay. Stenberg is dating singer King Princess. In a July 2017 interview Stenberg stated that she had stopped using a smartphone due to its effects on mental health, and took a long break from it.
She has African American ancestry on her mother’s side while she is of Danish descent on her father’s side.
Big curly hair
As a child actress, she has appeared in numerous commercials such as Kmart, Walmart, McDonald’s, Marshalls Law, GMC SUV, Sutter Health, Buildthedream.org and many others. Watch the commercial compilation video on YouTube.
She was also seen in Stella McCartney ‘POP’ fragrance advertisement.
Amandla has also served as the youth ambassador for non-profit organization No Kid Hungry.
Amandla debuted with 2011 French action film Colombiana for her role as Young Cataleya. The older version of the character was played by Zoe Saldana.
First TV Show
Amandla first appeared in supernatural drama series Sleepy Hollow for her role as Macey Irving from 2013 to 2014 in 4 episodes.
Though, this was her first TV show, but not her first television appearance. In 2012, Amandla appeared in a TV movie A Taste of Romance for her role as Taylor.
Amandla keeps herself fit by regular yoga. She first started out yoga with her best friend Miabayre in 2014.
Amandla Stenberg Favorite Things
Food – Japanese candy
Movie – The Shining (1980)
Amandla Stenberg Facts
Amandla is a gifted musician and can play guitar, drums, and violin. She learned guitar from her dad.
She describes herself as non-binary or gender-expansive.
Stenberg is an intersectional feminist.
In 2015, Ms. Foundation for Women titled her “Feminist of the Year”.
In the Zulu language, her first name “Amandla” means “Power”.
She was named by her mom after her mom listened to Miles Davis’ 1989 album, “Amandla.”
Stenberg likes to do knitting.
Her paternal grandmother had Greenlandic Inuit ancestry.
At 4, she started doing modeling for Disney for their catalogs.
She co-authored a comic book “Niobe: She is Life” with Sebastian Jones released in November 2015.
She has also performed on-stage with singer Zander Hawley as a part of band Honeywater. She started this in 2013.
Beyonce‘s younger sister, Solange Knowles is her style icon.
Visit her official website @ amandlastenberg.com.