Meet Hollywood's Most In-Demand 8-Year-Old Actress

Sterling Jerins
Sterling Jerins
 

This story first appeared in the Dec. 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Forget Channing Tatum or Anne Hathaway. The most in-demand actor in town might be Sterling Jerins.

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The 8-year-old has landed three major gigs: She will co-star as the daughter of Owen Wilson and Michelle Monaghan in The Coup, an indie action thriller from director John Erick Dowdle about a family that moves to Cambodia; she plays Brad Pitt's daughter in Paramount's summer 2013 zombie-apocalypse tentpole World War Z; and she'll appear as the daughter of Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring, New Line's supernatural thriller directed by James Wan (Insidious).

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Acting does run in the New York native's family -- Mom performed in experimental theater, and older sister Ruby plays Edie Falco's oldest daughter on Nurse Jackie -- but the key to Jerins' success, says manager Liz York, is "this vulnerability that is beyond even most adult actors."

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