Amandla Stenberg is an American actress. Stenberg was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of Karen Brailsford and Tom Stenberg. Her mother is African American, her father is Danish, and her paternal grandmother had Greenlandic Inuit ancestry. Her name means “power” or “strength” in Zulu. She is best known for her portrayal of young Cataleya in Colombiana and Rue in The Hunger Games.
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.
Stenberg identifies as non-binary, and as an intersectional feminist. She was named “Feminist of the Year” in 2015 by the Ms. Foundation for Women. She has previously identified as bisexual ; however in an interview for Elle’s September 2016 issue she was quoted as saying in part, “Bisexual is a word I am not too attached to it implies a dichotomy that doesn’t take into account trans people. So maybe pansexual is more accurate for me.” She has two older half-sisters on her father’s side.