Amandla Stenberg On Why She Doesn't Have a Smart Phone
Actress Amandla Stenberg opens up in a candid interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg about why she doesn't have an iPhone anymore, the story behind her first kiss, and more.
Released on 9/14/2017
My favorite emoji is the little angel emoji
but only if it's the little black one.
I'm not a huge emoji person I don't think.
Well this is the thing, I don't have an iPhone anymore.
I got rid of my iPhone because I was worried
about the mental health effects it was having on me.
I feel like it's very easy for your perception of reality
to get distorted when you have this device
in your pocket 24/7 that you can refresh,
like a hyper reality, doesn't actually exist.
Felt like my life was refreshing Instagram
as opposed to refreshing life.
I've been acting since I was really little,
since I was about four years old.
I was definitely the kind of kid
who had a really active imagination.
And so I would star like, in my own musicals and stuff.
I would write these very intricate stories in my head
with full ballads and dance numbers, and everything.
The parts weren't all me, they were definitely distributed
amongst a large group of kids in my head.
Which makes me sound like I was kinda of a messed up kid.
To have all of these imaginary friends.
I definitely went through a period of time
where I was very obsessed with young Leo,
and so Titanic reigned supreme in my heart.
I have seen Gilbert Grape, yeah, he's great in that.
He's great, I mean, he's great in everything.
I was just watching the YouTube clip,
that part of Djanjo, where he basically like,
he almost got an Oscar for that moment
where he slices his hand open, it's bleeding,
and he like, went with that acting choice.
That's so cool to me.
When I turned 17, I got my nose pierced.
And that was a big event.
And I got my sister to be the one who was signing off on it.
Because my sister's a bit older than me.
And so sometimes it can, we can make it pass,
like she's my mom.
And I told my mom.
She was like, I don't want to be a part of it.
If I don't have to sign off on it, then go ahead.
I remember getting it and feeling like,
yeah, I got my nose pierced.
I'm a real teen now.
It hurt so bad.
'Cause I got s septum piercing.
And so it went right in here.
It's basically like a extremely painful sneeze.
My first kiss was when I was 14, at a party.
It was like the first time I'd ever made out with someone.
I remember like sitting on this boy's bed, and (laughs)
and I remember him leaning in, like panicking
and like, looking away.
Like, you don't know how to cope, so you just look away.
And I remember like, finally kind of getting
more comfortable with him
and making out and being like, this is weird.
Like, I don't like this.
I think he was probably just a bad kisser. (laughs)
I didn't really hit puberty until like, a year ago.
I was not content being small.
My mom had to listen to me so much.
Be like, mom, when am I gonna grow?
And all the other girls in middle school have boobs,
and I don't at all.
I think finally like, now I'm really comfortable in myself.
'Cause that's something I don't have to deal with anymore,
is feeling really behind or feeling like a tadpole.