Amandla Stenberg, who plays Rue in The Hunger Games is an incredibly articulate, bright and beautiful young girl. At just 13 years of age, she is a true inspiration. In this interview with RealMakho Amandla talks about the origin of her name (it was inspired by Miles Davis’ 1989 album, “Amandla,” which means “power” in Zulu), explains the work she’s been doing with the Ubuntu Education Fund as well as her time working on The Hunger Games.
Amandla is asked what it was like to have to deal with the negative talk around her being cast as Rue with some people going so far as to say that Rue’s death was not as tragic as a consequence. Amandla says she talked to Suzanne Collins who told her that she wrote Rue as African American.
She goes on to say that she was grateful to all of the people that told her she had done a great job and that she was perfect for the role, which outweighed the negative stuff that was going on.
We agree Amandla, you did an AWESOME job. And as RealMakho says, you’re going to be a huge super star!