"You just see inequality all around — especially with this presidency"
AnnaSophia Robb isn’t your average former child actor. At 24 years old, the Bridge to Terabithia star has grown up into a fierce advocate for social change. Whether it’s the Time’s Up movement or defending DACA, the actress isn’t afraid to speak out.
Now, she’s partnered with General Mills and DoSomething.org to tackle one of the fastest growing crises in the United States. Explaining that you’re never too young to take action, AnnaSophia tells Celebuzz! how young people like herself can change the world — but just don’t call her an activist for doing it.
All Grown Up
AnnaSophia Robb is a woman with many passions.
The 24-year-old actress is a staunch supporter of the Time’s Up movement and has walked alongside thousands of demonstrators each year during the Women’s March. She’s known to speak out about gender inequality, and her Instagram account is filled with messages of female empowerment.
Though she constantly using her public platform to take action against injustices — all while finishing up her final year of college — she doesn’t believe she’s rightfully earned the title of social activist just yet.
“I feel like ‘activist’ is reserved for someone who’s a full-time activist. I wouldn’t put myself in that boat, but I like to do what I can,” she recently told Celebuzz! during a phone interview. “Especially in social media and the political climate we’re in right now, you literally cannot own a phone or go outside without seeing problems all around.”
She continued, “You just see inequality all around — especially with this presidency. It shakes up your faith a bunch of times. You have to retrain your brain to make out what is fair and what is inequality.”
Feeding Better Futures
With nearly 12 percent of the world struggling with hunger, including 13 million kids and teens in across the United States, one major growing crisis the Carrie Diaries alum wants to tackle is the food shortage. She just partnered up with General Mills and DoSomething.org to raise awareness in the hunger relief across the globe, fronting a campaign to empower the next generation to find solutions to help feed hungry mouths.
“The food insecurity issue, especially for young people and minorities, is super important and very solvable. I think if we were to recycle food properly or distribute food properly, we would be able to feed a large percent of the population,” she told us. “There’s a huge percent of young people and old people who aren’t getting the resources that they need. It’s so obvious, and we just need to get together and do something about it.”
As a part of the General Mills Feeding Better Futures Scholars Program, young adults can pitch their solutions from now until March 5 for a chance to earn up to $50,000 to further their idea, present at Aspen Ideas Festival, and develop a unique mentorship with a leader in the food industry. Others who take a photo of a food issue, upload it to the DoSomething.org website, and suggest a solution their community could use will also be entered for the chance to win a $5,000 scholarship from the organization.
“I think everyone deserves a sustainable diet. The great thing about our country is that it is so big and that it is so diverse,” she said. “You don’t need to wait until you’re older and get a degree to make a difference. You can do it right now.”
Be the Change
Whether it’s putting an end to gender inequality or advocating for access to healthy food, the former child star believes it’s never too early to start taking serious action.
“Even growing up in the industry at a young age, I don’t think I ever considered myself marginalized or taken advantage of because that’s not how I’d like to see myself. I’ve always been such an empowered person and surrounded myself with empowered people,” she said. “Research more and don’t be afraid to ask questions. I think questioning is a good way in figuring out why the world is the way it is. And if don’t like it, you can change it.”