Amandla Stenberg Explores ASMR

In this Celebrity ASMR interview, Amandla Stenberg (Colombiana, The Hunger Games, Everything, Everything) explores autonomous sensory meridian response with whispers and sounds. See Amandla in Fox’s THE DARKEST MINDS in theaters on August 3rd, 2018 and in Amma Asante’s WWII drama film WHERE HANDS TOUCH this September. You can also see her in the highly-anticipated Fox film THE HATE U GIVE which comes out October 19th, 2018 – based on the best-selling novel by Angie Thomas.

Released on 6/18/2018

Credits

Starring: Amandla Stenberg

Transcript

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I think maybe my lemonade needs
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a little more air in it.
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(loud bubbling)
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Hi, my name is Amandla Stenberg and today,
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I will be doing some ASMR in an interview format,
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going through some highlights in my career.
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I personally am a fan of ASMR.
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I find it very relaxing.
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It helps me unwind and go to sleep.
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Kinda makes me feel the way that slime videos do.
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I hope that you're able to listen to this and unwind
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on your respective computers or tablets
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or phones and feel very, very relaxed.
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All right guys, so let's get started.
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Colombiana was the first movie that I ever did
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when I was 10 years old, and in one scene,
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I have to stab a bad guy in the hand.
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We had a fake knife that was retractable,
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but in one of the scenes, it didn't retract
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and I stabbed Jordi Moya directly in his palm.
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I felt terrible.
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It was so exciting to be on a movie set for the first time.
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We shot in Mexico City and all the kids who lived
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in the area would play with us whenever we had a break.
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It was so exciting because I loved Zoe Saldana
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and it was very flattering to me that I got
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to be the younger version of her.
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In Colombiana, I play a character named
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Cataleya Restrepo, named after the orchid,
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the Cataleya orchid, so we're gonna bring out an orchid
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now to play with.
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(faint tapping and scratching)
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I like the stuff in the middle
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because it has a nice sound.
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It's kind of crunchy and if you press down,
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kind of like a sponge.
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(faint crunching)
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The Hunger Games, I filmed when I was 12 years old,
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or maybe I was 11, I don't remember,
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but it was my favorite book in the entire world.
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I had read it about five times
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and so when I auditioned, I was so nervous
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and when I got the role,
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I was one of the best moments in my young life.
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Jennifer Lawrence is the person that taught me
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how to pee in the woods.
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There's a specific technique in finding a spot
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where you wouldn't get poison ivy on your ass.
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She was very kind to me, kind of like a big sister
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and we bonded over peeing a lot
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and many fart jokes as well, and Swedish Fish.
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So now, we're gonna take a look
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at the book The Hunger Games.
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(faint scratching)
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(loud tapping)
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(faint scratching)
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(faint tapping)
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Let's take a look inside.
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On chapter 22.
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I'm a very fast reader.
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I'm reading about Rue, the character that I played.
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It's got a nice sound.
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Oh, whoops.
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I keep hitting the mic.
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Lemonade.
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I had the honor of being in Beyonce's Lemonade.
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It was directed by Kahlil Joseph,
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who is a good friend of mine.
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And we all filmed on an old slave plantation
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in New Orleans.
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Me and Zendaya sat in a tree
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and we were harnessed up there for so long
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that we really had to pee,
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but we held it because you hold your pee for Beyonce.
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In once scene, we got to watch Beyonce
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sing a completely acapella version of Freedom.
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It was so beautiful.
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She stood on a little wind stage
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and we all sat in benches in a field
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and watched her sing, and her voice
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was even more beautiful in person
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without out type of mic-ing or anything,
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and while she was singing,
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Michaela DePrince, the ballet dancer,
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came onto stage and freestyled
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such a beautiful ballet dance
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that it brought a tear to mine eye.
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So to represent Lemonade,
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we're going to drink some lemonade.
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We can't have lukewarm lemonade,
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so we're going to put some ice in it.
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(ice crunching)
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This is that crunchy ice
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that you can get from Starbucks in a cup
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during the summertime, or whenever you feel like it
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and you can munch on it all day
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if you're like me and you want to eat weird things.
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(ice crunching)
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I'm just gonna keep making some more sounds.
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(loud tapping)
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(loud scraping)
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(loud tapping)
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(faint scratching)
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(loud tapping)
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(faint scratching)
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(loud tapping)
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Let's make this lemonade cold.
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(ice crunching)
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So refreshing.
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I think maybe my lemonade needs a little more air in it.
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(loud bubbling)
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So good.
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Isn't that how you drink lemonade?
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Everything, Everything.
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Everything, Everything is a movie I was in
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that came out last year about a girl
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who was trapped inside her house
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because she has an autoimmune disease
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that makes her very sick, but then she falls in love
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with the boy who lives nextdoor,
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played by Nick Robinson, a very good boy.
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We had a really great time because part of the movie
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takes place in Hawaii, but actually it was Mexico,
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'cause that's how film works.
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So we filmed in Mexico on this really beautiful island,
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but it slowed down the process of filming
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a little bit because all the crew members
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would be chilling in the ocean
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in between the takes.
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It's a really, really cute movie
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with a great soundtrack, including Kehlani
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and Alabama Shakes and Mac DeMarco.
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Mac is one of my favorite artists of all time,
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so I got to cover his song for the end song
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in the credits of the movie, Let My Baby Stay.
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Shout out to Mac DeMarco.
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Love that guy.
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I thought a lot about how Maddy, my character,
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never had interactions with people outside of her house
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and how that made her a little awkward,
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yet she still uses the internet
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to figure out how to relate to people.
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So because Maddy had to live in a bubble,
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we're gonna play with some bubble wrap.
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(bubble wrap crunches)
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It's like I'm DJ-ing a really sick set.
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(bubble wrap crunches)
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The Darkest Minds.
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The Darkest Minds is a move that I have
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coming out August 3rd, and it's about kids
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with special psychic abilities in a world
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where a disease, a mysterious disease,
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has killed 90% of children, and all the ones
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that are left have special powers
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and because adults are afraid of them,
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they put them into camps.
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But I play this girl named Ruby who escapes
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and goes on the run on the road
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and meets a lot of friends on the way.
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When working on this project, I thought a lot
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about our current political climate
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and how sometimes it does feel like kids
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have psychic abilities and adults are very scared,
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and what it feels like to be underneath a regime
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of government that you don't actually believe in.
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It was something that I was able to pull
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a lot of real life inspiration from
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as we shot the film as Trump
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entered his presidency.
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My character, Ruby Daly, is classified
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as an orange because of her psychic abilities.
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She has the ability to enter people's minds
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and mess with their memories
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as well as influence their decisions,
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so we are going to peel an orange.
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(loud squeaking)
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It's a very shiny orange, very squeaky.
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This is personally how I like to peel my oranges.
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We lost a little bit of it.
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Then you end up with just one piece.
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It kinda looks like an elephant or maybe something else.
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(laughing)
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Look, you can put it back together
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and pretend that it's a full orange.
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Thanks for tuning in.
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I hope this ASMR video was relaxing for you
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and that you were able to unwind and just enjoy.
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I'm Amandla, signing out.