Abraham Attah was plucked off the street when he landed the role of Agu in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation and he had never acted a day in his life! Now the 14-year-old has just won the coveted ‘Best Young Actor Award’ at the Venice Film Festival — congrats!
Abraham Attah, 14, has just won one of the highest honors at the Venice Film Festival! The young star walked away with the Marcello Mastroianni Best Young Actor Award but who is this young man? HollywoodLife.com has the five things you need to know about this rising star.
1. Abraham Attah was playing hooky from school when he was approached by a member of the production staff of the Netflix movie Beasts of No Nation. He was brought in for an audition and won the lead role of Agu, an African boy forced into a team of mercenary fighters.
2. He’s from Accra, Ghana, native had never acted before!
3. Abraham was nervous to star alongside actor, Edris Elba. “I was scared because it was my first time shooting a movie. I was afraid of [Elba] at first because I see him to be someone big, and I’m like an ant in front of him,” Attah told People.
4. He’s landed another role in an upcoming film called Out of the Village.
5. Despite false reports, Abraham is not a street child and lives with one of his parents in Ashiaman, Accra Ghana.
Don’t forget to check out the film when it hits theaters and Netflix on Oct. 16
HollywoodLifers, Abraham is definitely one to watch!
— Chloe Melas