Birth Name: Amandla Stenberg
Birth Date: October 23, 1998
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, USA
Rue has very little exposure in the "Hunger Games" trilogy appearing only in the first installment. Though not as huge as the major characters, Rue played quite an influential role in the movie, even inspiring a rebellion, in a way. She was repeatedly mentioned by Katniss Everdeen "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay".
Rue was a 12-year old female tribute from District 11 who participated in the 74th Hunger Games, a fight to the death among 24 young men and women from each of the 12 districts of Panem, to kill each other in the Capitol Arena. When her name was picked in the reaping, the district asked if somebody could take Rue's place in the Hunger Games arena. Unfortunately, nobody took her place and she was forced to face inevitable death in the arena. She was the eldest of six siblings. She came in the arena together with her fellow tribute from District 11, Thresh.
Even during the brief training prior to the games, did not pose a threat to Katniss Everdeen. She was viewed as an underdog by the other tributes since she was just a small girl from an undermined District 11. She actually reminded Katniss of her younger sister, Primrose Everdeen, who was nearly as young as Rue. She was small and was an easy target for the bigger and older tributes but Rue proved to have lasted longer in the Arena than the others.
On the arena, Rue and Katniss became allies, as Thresh chose to team up with the Careers, the tributes from the strongest Districts 1 and 2. They helped each other survive the arena and told stories about their Districts. They became quick friends. Katniss protected Rue and hunts animals for their sustenance. Rue, on the other hand, has her way on medicinal plants and climbing high trees to hide from enemies.
Rue has helped Katniss prior by healing her wounds and taking care of her while Katniss was suffering from the effects and hallucinations of the tracker jacker bites, wasp-like mutated animals which can cause death to its victim. She was also the one who taught Katniss about the Mockingjays birds and their signature song.
Katniss and Rue believed that in order to survive and defeat the Careers and eventually come out of the arena alive, they would have to cut off the supplies sustaining the Careers by targeting the explosives surrounding it. They agreed to use the Mockingjay song to locate each other after carrying out their plan on the Careers.
Although Katniss was successful in blowing up the food supply, Cato killed Rue with a spear through her stomach just before Katniss could come to her aid. Katniss who was with Rue, killed Cato with her arrow, as a counterattack. In grief for losing her ally, Katniss laid flowers on Rue's body. This is her realization that the Capitol has gone too far and that young people should not be thrown in the arena like animals for slaughter, and that the people are not pieces of their games.
Rue also became Katniss' inspiration to win the 74th Hunger Games which she did, together with her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark. During the victory tour in District 11, Katniss and Peeta praised Rue and offered their condolences to her family which caused the public to riot against the peacekeepers, because of Rue's death. Rue was mentioned several times both in Catching Fire and Mockingjay.
Famous Lines from the Hunger Games Trilogy
---- Hunger Games (2012) ----
"I'm hard to catch. If they can't catch me they can't kill me. So don't count me out."
"Can you sing?"
"You have to win."
"Did you blow up the food?"
Amandla Stenberg's Movies
Colombiana (2011) - Young Cataleya
The Hunger Games (2012) - Rue
Rio 2 (Voice) (2014) - Bia
As You Are (2016) - Sarah
Lemonade (2016) - Herself
Everything, Everything (2017) - Maddy Whittier
Where Hands Touch (2018) - Leyna
The Darkest Minds (2018) - Ruby Daly
The Hate You Give (2018) - Starr Carter