Hunger Games Stars Isabelle Fuhrman and Amandla Stenberg Featured On V Magazine

We previously mentioned that Hunger Games Stars Isabelle Fuhrman and Amandla Stenberg were in a photoshoot with Drew Barrymore for V Magazine. Here’s the article and more photos:


To moviegoers around the world, the character Clove in The Hunger Games is a vengeful teenage assassin. But to Isabelle Fuhrman, the actress who played her, the character is more nuanced. “In my mind, Clove was never an assassin,” she says. “I imagined her as having a very tragic life with specific moments that drove her to become, for lack of a better word, crazy.” Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Fuhrman’s work ethic has taken her from local shows—“My first gig was singing at a retirement home with my sister”—to Jay Leno comedy sketches, the horror film Orphan, and ultimately her role as Clove. “Getting that part was hard because I wanted to tell all my friends and couldn’t for three weeks,” she says. “I started working out on my own to get ready. I went from regular P.E. to the weight trainer, to running a mile with a 50-pound weight vest, plus ab workouts, push-ups, and regular conditioning. I told all my friends that I just wanted to get fit, but I don’t think they bought it.” She is currently filming M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, opposite Will Smith, and will appear in the remake of Suspiria, with David Gordon Green, next year. “I really want to be the kind of actress that can play in every genre of film,” she says. “Sort of like Meryl Streep.”


Kids nowadays are natural multitaskers. Just look at 14-year-old Los Angeles native Amandla Stenberg, another breakout star of this year’s The Hunger Games. When not going to castings or auditions, she knits, snaps photos with a Nikon D80, and plays violin concertos, not to mention the guitar and the drums. Her first big break in film was playing a tough tween assassin in Colombiana, alongside Zoe Saldana. But The Hunger Games is what really put her on the map, which she could have predicted. “When my agent called to tell me I was going to play Rue, I literally started running around the room and hyperventilating. I kept shouting, ‘I’m Rue, I’m Rue!’” she remembers. “My mother had to get me a glass of water and tell me to take deep breaths. We have it all on tape. It’s funny to watch.” While on set with Barrymore, Amandla shared her enthusiasm for photography by asking the budding lenswoman for advice. “[Drew] told me she liked to shoot happy accidents, and that when a photograph comes out naturally you’ll love it.”

source: V Magazine

photos by Drew Barrymore

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