Stenberg has spent her last few months playing two pivotal athletic film roles --as the reluctant participant in a violent arena game in next year's "Hunger Games" adaptation and as the younger incarnation of Zoe Saldana's avenging heroine in the thriller "Colombiana," which hit theaters in August.
For "Colombiana," in which her character escapes from the thugs who murdered her parents, Stenberg traveled to Mexico, Chicago and New Orleans and acquired some new skills, studying with David Belle, the founder of the climbing-and-jumping-based training known as Parkour.
"We worked on Parkour, running, jumping, climbing ... and he's the creator of Parkour, so I was really honored," Stenberg said. "I [also] had to use my jumping skills to soar through the trees. I did some training for 'Hunger Games,' but not as much as the other characters who really had some big physical demands. I did some running and flips and some tumbling, and that was really fun."
On the North Carolina set of "The Hunger Games," Stenberg said she has bonded with the other members of the ensemble cast led by Jennifer Lawrence as heroine Katniss Everdeen. She compared the feeling of working there to a sleepover.