Amandla Stenberg (born October 23, 1998) is an American actress and singer. She was included in Time‘s list of Most Influential Teens in both 2015 and 2016,] and has received several accolades, including a Teen Choice Award, an NAACP Image Award, and nominations for four Black Reel Awards and a Critics’ Choice Award.
Stenberg made her acting debut with the film Colombiana (2011), and had her breakthrough playing Rue in the film The Hunger Games (2012), for which she won the Teen Choice Award for Best Chemistry. She had the recurring role of Macey Irving in the series Sleepy Hollow (2013–2014), voiced Bia in Rio 2 (2014) and starred as Halle Foster in the sitcom Mr. Robinson (2015). She garnered acclaim for her portrayals of Maddy Whittier in Everything, Everything (2017) and as Starr Carter in the film The Hate U Give (2018), the latter of which won her the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture and earned her a nomination for the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Actor/Actress. Stenberg also starred as Ruby in The Darkest Minds (2018), Leyna in Where Hands Touch (2018) and Julie in the Netflix miniseries The Eddy (2020).
Stenberg has been recognized for her outspoken views, particularly towards her activism for LGBT youth, which has received significant media coverage. She is non-binary, and uses both she/her and they/them pronouns. In 2015, she made her musical debut as part of the folk-rock duo Honeywater. Her single, “Let My Baby Stay” was featured in the film Everything, Everything (2018)