Happy Halloween, everybody! I started early this year by attending the Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times Halloween Carnival on October 21. This is the second year in a row I've dressed up as a vampire - last year I was inspired by of my favorite bands, Vampire Weekend. So fun! Click here to watch an interview I did at last Sunday's carnival. I also want to thank everyone for all the birthday wishes! I turned 14 on October 23. This photo collage helped make my day very special!
I couldn't help but clap when Grouplove performed at Teen Vogue's 10th Annual Young Hollywood Party last night. I love their song "Tongue Tied." I've been singing it all day long! To see who I ran into at the party, check out the Red Carpet Gallery. Congrats to Victoria Justice, who's on the October cover of Teen Vogue, the Young Hollywood issue), and to my Hunger Games castmates Willow Shields and Isabelle Fuhrman, who look gorgeous inside. If you go to the People Watching page, you'll see me talking about my fashion style. Here's a sneak peek before you go to the newsstand!
HERE'S MY GUEST BLOG FOR NO KID HUNGRY. PLEASE READ AND SUPPORT THIS VERY IMPORTANT CAUSE!
Every morning before I head out the door, I eat a filling breakfast. As I step outside and face the day, I feel ready for the day's challenges - assignments, class work, after-school activities. A nutritious start to the day should be guaranteed for every kid in America, right? Unfortunately, it's not.
Nearly 16 million kids in America are at risk of hunger. Daily, these children have to deal with problems that most of us don't even think about - the uncertainty that comes from not knowing when they’ll get their next meal.
This is why I was so eager to get involved with the No Kid Hungry campaign. It's heart- warming to know that I can make a difference in a child's life.
The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need to the food and nutrition programs that can help. It teaches kids and their parents how to cook nutritious food on a budget and it helps bring people from all walks of life together to end childhood hunger in their communities.
And kids play an important role too. The weekend of September 6th –9th, we’ll all join together for GO ORANGE FOR NO KID HUNGRY and use social media to spread the word about ways to help end childhood hunger.
So get started now by making plans for you and your friends at school, in your neighborhood or your team or club, to wear orange September 6-9. Then take a photo and send it to Share Our Strength at firstname.lastname@example.org, post it to Facebook or tweet using #GoOrange hashtag. And if you’re really inspired, enter the essay contest with cash prizes by answering the question: “Why is ending childhood hunger in America important to you?”
For the launch of The Hunger Games DVD on August 18, I traveled to New York and greeted some of the sweetest fans at Toys R Us! I had so much fun meeting all of you! Thanks so much for coming out!
I just had to check out all the Hunger Games toys. I ended up buying the magnetic story kit - lots of words I can play with on my fridge. While in New York, I visited a few others sights. Keep reading to see what I saw!
These weren't the only characters I ran into at Comic-Con in San Diego last weekend! Besides the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and my Hunger Games co-stars, I saw a bunch of other "characters." Keeping reading to see what I mean, especially if you're a Gleek!
Jackie Emerson, Dayo Okeyeni, Willow Shields, some of your favorite Capitol stylists from The Hunger Games, and I were in Chicago last weekend for Creation Entertainment's Fiction2Film first ever Hunger Games convention. Jackie and I did a panel together. We met fans who had traveled from as far away as London, and we even got to dance with them at the party Saturday night. I had so much fun! I also got to see Gene Varnado, the creative director behind the "Future President" PSA I did for Boeing to raise funds for The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. He lives in Chicago and was able to come by with his family.
Here I am with Bulali (left) and Nomawethu (right).
It's been a busy week! After saying goodbye to Big Ben, the Corinthia hotel and all the out-of-this-world fun at Collectormania in England, I flew to New York to attend Ubuntu Education Fund's gala, which was held on June 6 at Roseland Ballroom. (Thanks to Burberry for this purple dress, and to my mom for styling me - she thought these strappy gold Adrienne Vittadini shoes would work.) The turn-out was humongous, and so were the donations. I am so happy to be a part of this important cause, which I talked to Teen Vogue about. What was most exciting was that I was able to meet face-to-face some of the many amazing people who help make Ubuntu Ubuntu: founder Jacob Lief, the organizers Charlotte Renfield-Miller and Kabibi M'Poko-and last but not least, Nomowethu and Bulali. Nomawethu is a counselor at Ubuntu in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Bulali is a "scholar" who has benefited from Ubuntu's health and education resources. We first met the day before the gala and got to know each other. ...
My new friend Farelani
I'm incredibly excited because in a few weeks I'll be traveling to New York to attend the Ubuntu Education Fund's June 6 gala fundraiser. Today I spoke on Skype with Farelani, one of the students who participates in Ubuntu, an organization that supports kids in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, "from cradle to career." Farelani, who is 15 years old, was in London when we talked because last night because she gave a speech at the London gala fundraiser. She's a budding filmmaker, and has already shot a short film. It won a contest and aired on television. She's also written many stories that I'm going to read as soon as I get them. We discussed me possibly playing one of her characters. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to talk to and get to know such a witty and smart girl. To learn more about all the great work Ubuntu does, click here! In case you were wondering, "ubuntu" means "I am because you are." In other others, we are all connected.
Image Courtesy Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages
Did you know that every 26 seconds, a kid drops out of school? Last Saturday night, I went to an amazing fundraiser, Spring Break: Destination Education, for City Year, an organization that helps kids graduate high school by providing them with mentors called corps members who tutor and encourage them. So glad that City Year is around to help! I ran around the Sony Studios lot, which was decorated like a carnival, with Jackie Emerson and her twin sisters Hayley and Taylor. We made flip books, decorated cookies, listened to Robin Thicke perform, and posed at the NFL booth. Variety ran this photo of the two of us with footballs.
I had the best time yesterday at the Kids Choice Awards! The highlights: Talking with Kelly Osbourne from Fashion Police on the orange carpet about how much I love the show, and realizing we were both wearing Tony Ward Couture. I also wore gold Kate Spade Oxfords. BTW Kelly's hair is super-cool. Hope you saw the interview on E! ... There were stars galore and the most awesome moment came when Taylor Swift said to me, "You're Rue!" and asked if we could take a picture together. I only wish I had the evidence: My manager misplaced her camera so if anyone finds it, please get it back to her! Or at least upload the KCAs photos so we can see them. LOL! ... Of course, it's always fun to see The Hunger Games crew: Dayo, Jackie, Isabelle, Willow, Alexander and Josh. And in case you were wondering: I did get slimed, right along with Justin Bieber at the end. But not one drop touched my dress. Phew! For more Choice photos, go to the Red Carpet gallery. Btw, I went to a couple of gift lounges on Friday and met lots of fun vendors, including two amazing teen sisters, who have a skincare line, and a jewelry designer who custom-made a special Mockingjay pin just for me. I also got a fox face necklace for Jackie. Thanks so much to GBK Productions, BOP and Tigerbeat, and PopStar.
Which THG costar did I tell reporters I hoped would get slimed (all in fun, of course!)