”Here is an abbreviated list of things that have happened since: Oprah Winfrey tapped her to do a Super Soul Session (Oprah’s version of a TED Talk), and Stenberg obliged with a meditation on beauty standards called “My Authenticity Is My Activism.” (Afterward, the self-help author and fellow Soul Session–er Eckhart Tolle told her, “That’s what people need to be hearing right now.”) The same month, a stranger named Beyoncé summoned her to New Orleans—to film scenes for , it turned out, and to tell Stenberg, “When Blue grows up, I want her to be just like you.” (When Beyoncé spoke these words, “I almost immediately shot out of my body and then was looking down at the situation from the sky,” Stenberg says.)—both about interracial relationships, both directed by women of color (Stella Meghie and Amma Asante, respectively).
She graduated from high school last June and was admitted to NYU film school.
“My sexuality’s very fluid and my gender is very fluid,” says Stenberg, who is petite and cherubic at five feet three, dressed in black denim overalls and a purple-and-white thrift-store shirt, her hair cropped short for her latest movie.
“I don’t think of myself as statically a girl.”Stenberg was already known for playing Rue in 2012’s when, two years ago, a video she made for a high school class went viral online.
It is a chance to breathe deeply and delight in the energy of something which is joyful and meaningful.” — “I found my talk at Alternatives a wonderfully inspiring night.