Female Star of Tomorrow: Abigail Breslin


Although she made her film debut at age 6 in M. Night Shyamalan's creature feature "Signs" (2002), moviegoers probably first took notice of 11-year-old Abigail Breslin in 2006's indie sensation "Little Miss Sunshine," which earned her an Oscar nomination.

Later this year, she'll share the screen with Stanley Tucci and Julia Ormond in New Line/Picturehouse's "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" and Jodie Foster in Fox's "Nim's Island."

Breslin spoke with Jenelle Riley for The Hollywood Reporter about her ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow honor and her career -- though she hesitates to call it that.

The Hollywood Reporter: After shining in supporting roles, you're playing the lead in "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl." Was that intimidating?
Abigail Breslin: I didn't really think about it. I just go into work and do my job. And "Kit Kittredge" was really fun because it takes place in the 1930s, so I got to wear some cool clothes.

THR: You get to be an action star in "Nim's Island." What was that experience like?
Breslin: "Nim's" was different from anything I've ever done. It's about a girl and her father who live on an island that nobody knows about. It's not on any map whatsoever. I got to do some stunts, like riding a sea lion, which was really fun.

THR: When did you realize you wanted to pursue acting as a career? Or do you even consider it a career?
Breslin: I don't really have a career until after college. My brother started acting before I did, so I guess I just started when he did, and I liked it. So I kept doing it.

THR: How do you choose your roles?
Breslin: My mom reads the script, and she'll tell me if I can read it or not. And if I'm allowed to read it, we'll talk about it and decide if we like it.

THR: Has your life changed much since "Little Miss Sunshine" became such a huge hit?
Breslin: Not that much. I mean, I still have the same cat.