How the Hate U Give Actors Hope the World Changes After Seeing the Movie

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If you haven’t seen the trailer for The Hate U Give yet, we’re going to need you to stop what you’re doing, click here immediately and give it your undivided attention. Done? Great — now we can move on.

The Hate U Give is a story about a young black teenager named Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg, who “is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends.”

Her life is changed forever after she witnesses her best friend, Khalil, being shot dead by a white police officer. While this specific narrative was made up by author Angie Thomas, it is sadly a tale that we hear in real life over and over again.

the hate u give cast interviews

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Clevver.com was lucky enough to travel to Atlanta, Georgia, to hang out on set of this powerful flick and talk to some of the cast about why it’s so important in this day and age.

“I hope they humanize, that they’re able to see black lives as human, and black lives as mattering,” Amandla said of what she hopes people take away from seeing the movie.

Sabrina Carpenter, who plays mean girl Hailey, added, “I hope it opens a dialogue; that’s the most important thing. I think it opens a lot of people’s minds into the privileges that some people have and are born with and some of the things that other people face that they’ll never have to understand.”

the hate u give cast interviews

20th Century Fox

KJ Apa, who was a last-minute addition to the cast, said he thinks “people are gonna be able to learn from this” movie because it “reflects real issues.”

“It encourages to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes,” he added. “It relates to everyone — not just African American people, not just white people. It’s a universal story.”

Regina Hall, the actress who plays Lisa Carter, Starr’s mom, remarked, “I hope people walk away feeling hopeful that we really are the difference, how we look at each other, how we love each other. Those things that are important. […] I just hope we start to see the humanity in one another and I hope people leave feeling hopeful that our voices make a difference and what we think make a difference.”

The Hate U Give will hit theaters on October 19, 2018.