TWIST just chatted with Amandla Stenberg who plays Rue in The Hunger Games! She spilled the deets on her reaction to getting the role, why she's Team Peeta, and the hardest scene to shoot! Check out our exclusive convo with her below and don't forget to pick up a copy of The Hunger Games, in stores now!
TWIST: So The Hunger Games is out on DVD. Why should the TWIST readers run out and get it?
AS: It has some very fun clips of us just joking around on set and I think some things that no one has really seen.
TWIST: Now when you got the role of Rue, how did you react?
AS: I completely freaked out. I'm pretty sure I almost passed out, cause I don't remember much of it. But I know that I was freaking out, running around the house, and I had to sit down, drink glasses of water, take deep breaths. I was hyperventilating. I think actually we have it all on video.
TWIST: In the movie, what was the hardest scene to film?
AS: Probably the death scene. Not the acting, but pretending to be dead. That was the hardest because I had to take really shallow breaths and we were in the middle of the woods in North Carolina. I could feel the bugs crawling up my arms and I couldn't move and there was buzzing, so that was probably the hardest part.
TWIST: What was the easiest scene to shoot from the movie?
AS: I guess the easiest was probably the scene in the training center where we just had to stand and look real intense. But that was also the most fun because all the people were on set and we had so much fun joking around and laughing.
TWIST: Now I've heard that you're team Peeta. Is that true?
AS: It is true. Peeta's so sweet and you feel bad for him because Katniss is kind of neglecting him. And by the third book Gale just does some stupid things.
TWIST: So what's the one thing fans need to know about The Hunger Games?
AS: They need to know that we all became really close and that we are not our characters. I think it'll be really fun for fans to see us joking around and becoming a family. That'll be the best part.
TWIST: Have you seen the action figure for Rue? Do you have one?
AS: I have it! It's pretty awesome to be able to play with a miniature version of yourself. I think they perfected the hair. They even have like a little twisty in front!
TWIST: Any upcoming projects?
AS: I have a couple of things I'm looking at, but I'm also working with a couple of charities. One is called No Kid Hungry. And it helps kids who don't have enough to eat in America. Then another one called the Ubuntu Fund, which helps kids in South Africa and provides them with food and education and housing and all kinds of things.
TWIST: Thank you so much for chatting with us!
AS: Thank you!