Amandla Stenberg: “So excited to be playing Rue in The Hunger Games”

Amandla Stenberg, who will be playing Katniss’ arena ally Rue in The Hunger Games, sent out a letter of thanks to a swedish Hunger Games fansite. Check it out below.


Thanks for contacting me. Did you know that Stenberg is a Swedish name? My father is actually Danish and was born and raised in Copenhagen. In 2007, I visited Denmark and had an amazing time visiting with family and friends – even though it rained the entire three weeks we were there. :)

I never got the chance to meet my Danish grandparents, Tage and Ena Stenberg who are both deceased. But I have a violin that belonged to Tage. My grandmother, Ena, was from Greenland so I’m part Inuit. She was a radio personality and singer in Denmark who performed with a group called Mik that sang at the World’s Fair in New York in 1964. Someday I want to track down her recordings so I can hear her.

This may be more than you want to know about my Danish heritage, but because you’re in Sweden, I thought you might be interested. Plus I’m proud of my Scandinavian roots!

I am so excited to be playing Rue in THE HUNGER GAMES. Because I was already a fan of the books – I’ve read the first one five times – the audition process was really exciting. I’m looking forward to working Gary Ross and the rest of the HUNGER GAMES cast and crew. And I just know that meeting Suzanne Collins will be a real thrill. I read an interview in which she said that she’s planning to be on set when Rue dies. OMG!!!

There’s a bunch of information on my website. It should help with any basic info you need.

Thanks again!

And may the odds be ever in your favor!


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