Sure, “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence (who plays heroine Katniss Everdeen in the film) has been garnering a good bit of media attention these days, but what about the supporting players–those kids who fought to the death in the film and didn’t make it home from the games?
The April/May issue of Girls’ Life magazine features four of the tributes who didn’t win the games on its cover, including fan favorite Rue, played by Amandla Stenberg, who has dealt with unexpected casting backlash since the film’s opening.
The others included on the four-cover feature include Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen), Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) and Jacqueline Emerson (Fox Face).
Stenberg, just 13, along with Lenny Kravitz (stylist Cinna in the film), has had to weather some harsh, absolutely undue criticism since the film opened in March. Some moviegoers took to Twitter to diss the casting of the African-American actors in the film; apparently, the ranting tweeters had an issue with their race. Yes, really. Unbelievably ridiculous.
Proving herself more mature than her critics, Stenberg told Us Weekly of the backlash, “As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family … It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty.”
It’s an unfortunate turn of events for sure, but one that could be good for parents to discuss with their children. As for Stenberg, we’re sure to see much, much more of her for years to come.