Amandla Stenberg had some sweet stunts in "Colombiana," but that's nothing compared to what she's had to tackle as Rue, the tree-hopping young tribute in "The Hunger Games." Stenberg's screen time is inversely proportional to the effect her character has on Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and the way the Games themselves play out. Anyone who's read the books knows what we mean -- and if you haven't yet, get to it!
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
What She's Done: Her first big screen role was a small one; she played the 10-year-old version of Zoe Saldana's lead character in "Colombiana."
What She's Doing Now: Stenberg plays Rue, the tiny young tribute from District 11 who reminds Katniss of her little sister Prim. They form an immutable bond during the Hunger Games, and she has a special little song that becomes a big part of the story.
Reminds Us of: A younger Raven-Symoné or Zoe Saldana (duh, she's a baby Cataleya!) and a less hair-whipping Willow Smith.
Fun Facts: According to her official bio, her name means power in Zulu.
Publishers Weekly, "To get prepared, I dressed up like Rue. I wore khakis and a T-shirt, and my mom had rolled around my clothes in the dirt before. And we put twigs in my hair and leaves all over me, and stains were all over my clothes. And I had a little wreath of flowers in my pocket that I thought Rue might have. That was in my pocket as good luck, and also a special rock. Those were my little tokens I thought Rue would have."Quotable: Amandla got into serious "Hunger Games" mode for her audition. She told
Shout Out: Jennifer Lawrence, who films a pivotal scene with Stenberg, describes the young actress as "the funniest, sweetest. She's amazing."
Twitter Handle: @amandlastenberg
What's Next: We don't have word of what Amandla will be tackling next, but we'll keep our ear to the ground for post-"Games" news.