AMANDLA STENBERG (Maddy) first gained recognition for her role
as Rue in "The Hunger Games," alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and
Josh Hutcherson. After the success of the film, Stenberg earned a Teen Choice
Award in 2012 with Lawrence for Film - Choice Chemistry. She was also nominated
for an NAACP Image Award and a Black Reel Award in 2013 for her performance as
In January 2016, Stenberg appeared in the independent film "As You Are," which
premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic
Competition. "As You Are" went on to win the Special Jury Award for the 2016
Festival. The film is the telling, and retelling, of a relationship between
three teenagers as it traces the course of their friendship through a
construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation. It was
directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, and co-stars Owen Campbell and Charlie
Heaton. The film was released in February 2017.
Stenberg recently wrapped filming for director Amma Asante on "Where Hands
Touch," a period romantic drama set in the 1940s. The story focuses on the
relationship between a mixed-race German girl and an SS officer in Berlin. She
is currently filming "The Darkest Minds," based on the young adult novels by
Alexandra Bracken of the same title. The dystopian trilogy takes place after a
mysterious disease kills most of America's child and teenage population.
Stenberg stars as Ruby, a teenager with telekinetic powers who escapes and joins
a group of kids who are running from the government. The film is directed by
Jennifer Yuh Nelson.
She is also attached to star in "The Hate U Give," based on the upcoming debut
novel from Angela Thomas. The story follows a teen girl who attends a suburban
prep school and must deal with the aftermath of witnessing a police officer
shoot her unarmed best friend. When called to testify in court, she must face
the consequences of what she does or doesn't say. The story is inspired by the
Black Lives Matter movement, and George Tillman Jr. is set to direct the script
by Audrey Wells.
Before "The Hunger Games," Stenberg made her film debut in the breakout role of
young Cataleya Restrepo (played by Zoe Saldana) in "Colombiana." In 2013, She
had a guest starring role as Macey, the daughter of Captain Frank Irving, on
Fox's "Sleepy Hollow." The following year, she lent her voice to the character
of Bia in "Rio 2," alongside Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. And then in
Summer 2015 she starred alongside comedian Craig Robinson as Halle Foster on the
NBC comedy series "Mr. Robinson."
In addition to acting, Stenberg has been globally praised for her crusade
towards improving society and sparking thoughtful conversation, using social
media as a platform to spread social awareness and knowledge. She has shared
personal essays on topics such as cultural appropriation, intersectional
feminism, biracial identity and beauty standards, to name a few. For her wisdom,
Stenberg was named one of Time Magazine's 2015 + 2016 Most Influential Teens and
named 2015's Feminist Celebrity of the Year by the Ms. Foundation for Women.
Furthermore, Dazed Magazine proclaimed Stenberg to be one of the most incendiary
voices of her generation when she appeared on the cover of the publication's
Autumn 2015 issue.
In February 2016, Stenberg was awarded with the Young, Gifted & Black Award at
the annual Black Girls Rock! televised awards ceremony on BET. This Spring she
also was awarded with the YoungStar Award at the 2016 BET Awards.
Stenberg recently teamed with Stranger Comics to co-create Niobe: She is Life, a
graphic novel about a female warrior who is half human and half elf. It is the
first comic book that has a black female writer, black female illustrator, and
black female lead character.
In 2016, Stenberg became one of the faces of Stella McCartney's new fragrance,
POP, alongside Lourdes Leon, Grimes & Kenya Kinski-Jones. On the musical side,
Stenberg plays violin and sings in the folk band Honeywater, along with Zander
Hawley. The group put out their first EP in July 2015.