The 2008 film Kit Kittredge: An American Girl was Abigail's first experience working with so many kids her own age. They were constantly playing clapping games and telling ghost stories on the set, and Abigail claims that they all became "really good friends." She went out to dinner and to the mall with young co-stars Madison Davenport and Zachary Mills all the time while making the movie.
Abigail co-starred with famous actress Joan Cusack in three different films over a 5-year period: 2004's Raising Helen, 2008's Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, and 2009's My Sister's Keeper.
When asked how she dealt with being in such an "adult" film like Little Miss Sunshine at the tender age of 9, Abigail claims that whenever she wasn't filming a scene, she was listening to Kelly Clarkson on her I-Pod. That way, she didn't hear all the racy dialogue going on around her. At the time, she claimed that her mom still covered Abigail's ears periodically while watching certain movies.
The kids from the movie Kit Kittredge: An American Girl all had nicknames for each other. Abigail's nickname was Kitty, derived from her character Kit's name.
There was a "swear jar" used on the set of Abigail's 2008 film Nim's Island. Anytime a cast member cussed, they had to put coins in the jar. The money eventually went to an Australian charity for abused animals (the movie was filmed in Australia). Abigail recalls this fondly and says that everyone on the set got a kick out of it.
Although she enjoyed playing the title character in the 2008 film Nim's Island, Abigail says it was one of her more difficult film roles, due to all the running and stunt work she had to do. She also loved working with the sea lions on set, but the bugs really freaked her out.
Abigail loves looking at and buying baby clothes; it's one of her favorite things to do while shopping.
She likes eating the entire skin of a potato and thinks "it tastes so good" even though she knows "it's gross". She also loves dipping her Oreo cookies in peanut butter.
When she was very young, Abigail had a Curious George stuffed animal that she carried around a lot. Sadly, it was stolen from her at some point when she had it out in public. This stuffed animal was very important to her, and at age 11, when she did an interview for her film Definitely Maybe, she actually got tears in her eyes and choked up a little as she was telling the story.
Her two dream roles are portraying Lady Jane Grey and Helen Keller.
Abigail has indicated that she would like to direct someday. In fact, at age 12, she announced that she and a friend were writing a script together. She didn't give many details, but she said it was a comedy.
Abigail loves to text message people with her cell phone, and she says she sometimes gets in trouble with her parents for texting too much.
When Abigail splurges, she likes to spend her money on adding to her collection of The Clique book series by Lisi Harrison, American Girl dolls and Jonas Brothers CDs.
On March 26, 2008, Abigail was inducted into the Girl Scouts of the USA in Los Angeles, as an honorary member. As for selling the cookies, Abigail says she's afraid that if she starts selling, she'll just eat all of them. Her favorites are the Tagalongs and Thin Mints.
Abigail is afraid of heights, but filming multiple rope-swinging scenes for the 2008 movie, Nim's Island, helped her overcome some of that fear. She also had to film treehouse scenes for her next film after that, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, but she says she is glad for the experiences.
The roles of Cameron Diaz's two daughters in the film adaptation of My Sister's Keeper were originally offered to Dakota and Elle Fanning, but when the two girls backed out of the project, Abigail was chosen to replace Elle as the primary character.
Famous film director Garry Marshall, who worked with Abigail in 2003's Raising Helen, has said that Abigail, who was about six years old at the time, showed a remarkable sense of poise and courage in front of the camera. "She was only five years old, and she could act," says Marshall. In one scene, Abigail's character was crying in the bathroom and Kate Hudson's character came to comfort her; Abigail, who was really in the moment, yelled right in Kate's face. Marshall has joked that Kate was a bit shocked and taken aback by this and "didn't think the kid had the power!"
To match the blonde "chin bob" hairdo of her character in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery, Abigail wore a wig, which she nicknamed "Willy."
Abigail says that if she does not continue acting when she grows up, she would like to be a veterinarian or a fashion designer.
In 2007, Abigail won "Best Young Actress" at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards her role in Little Miss Sunshine.
In 2007, Abigail was ranked #8 on Forbes' 'Young Hollywood's Top Earners' list, earning $1.5 million. At age 11, She was named among Entertainment Weekly's 30 Under 30 (Actresses) List of 2008.
In 1999, Abigail appeared in a commercial for "Toys 'R Us," in 2003, she appeared in a commercial for Brita Water filters, and in 2007, she appeared in a commercial for Hewlett-Packard.
During one Christmas, Abigail asked for a turtle, a puppy, a kitten, a hand held, and a pony. She also owns two dogs and a cat.
Abigail has been acting since she was three years old.
Abigail loves to talk on the phone.
Breslin is home-schooled. Her best subjects in school are reading and history while her worst subject is math.
Her mother, who manages her career, is Kim Breslin and her father, a computer programmer and consultant, is Michael Breslin. She has another older brother, Ryan, born in 1985. His other older brother Spencer, played his on-screen brother in Raising Helen.
Nicknamed Abbie, she was named after the First Lady, Abigail Adams.
• TV Shows: The O.C and American Idol
• Movie: Meet Me in St. Louis
• Actresses: Meryl Streep, Judy Garland
• Shoe Type: Boots
• Clothing: Abercrombie Kids and American Eagle
• Things to Do: Talk on the phone, text message, listen to iPod
• Electronic Gadget: Her cell phone (she absolutely loves to text message)
• Stuffed Animal: Her Curious George (which was stolen from her)
• Singer: Kelly Clarkson
• Cars: Beetles and Hummers
• Disney Movie: Finding Nemo
• Foods: Cheesecake, pizza, chili cheese fries, raspberry mousse, cupcakes
• American Girl Dolls: Felicity, Kirsten, and Kit
• School Subjects: Reading, history, and lunch (she hates math)
Abigail's 2007 film No Reservations is similar to her 2004 movie Raising Helen, in that it is a story about a woman whose sister dies, leaving her to raise her child.
She donated multiple items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
She is the youngest Academy Award-nominated actress since Tatum O'Neal.
10-year-old Abigail attended the 2007 Academy Awards, where she was honored with a nomination for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" for her performance in the indie film Little Miss Sunshine. She is the fourth youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award nomination.
She has been dividing her time between Los Angeles, California and New York with her parents.
She was on the cover page of the magazine Entertainment Weekly (USA) dated 11 August 2006, Volume 1, Issue 890.
Abigail auditioned for the title role in 2007's Alice, based off of a series of books by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, but lost the spot to Alyson Stoner because she looked too young.
Abigail was nominated for a 2007 Screen Actors Guild award in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for the movie Little Miss Sunshine.
When speaking for "Kids with a Cause", said she thought everybody needed a friend.
In a third season episode of Grey's Anatomy, Abigail played a young hospital patient who believed she had superpowers. Abigail said that if she were a superhero and could have superpowers, she would want to fly and be able to speak every language.
Abigail is 5' 0¾" (1.54 m) tall. She is a light brunette and is known for her hip-length hair. She is also double-jointed.
Abigail Breslin: (on how she chooses her film roles) I guess I see if it's somebody I would like to know. My mom will read it and everything, and we'll see if we all like it and if I want to do it, we'll say yes. I just want to see if it's a character I would like to know. That's basically it.
Abigail Breslin: I have terrible handwriting, actually. I'm not very good at it, so I type on the computer. The first time I saw a typewriter, I was like, 'Where's the screen?' and they said, 'There is no screen,' and I was like, 'What?'
Abigail Breslin: For a long time, I was really afraid of stepping on glass, so I wore shoes all the time, even in bed. I was also scared of getting bird flu, so I wouldn't go near any birds.
Abigail Breslin: For my Christmas lists, I send my letter to Mrs. Claus, because she's more organized. I guess it's because she's a woman!
Abigail Breslin: I was in a Toys R' Us commercial when I was three. It's pretty embarrassing. I don't really like to talk about it. [In the commercial] I go into the store and say, 'Mommy, I went poo-poo in the potty, so I can pick out any toy I want!' I don't like to talk about it with my friends or anything.
Abigail Breslin: I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world. The best pizza is in New York. I have it for dinner and then again at breakfast! I'd be fine having cheesecake, chili cheese fries, pizza, and raspberry mousse every day. Okay, and maybe cupcakes!
Abigail Breslin: (on finding out about her first Oscar nomination at the age of 10) Well, I mean, I was in bed, because it was really early for me, and so I was in bed, and my mom and brother came in and woke me up, and they told me, and I was really excited, and then I just kind of went back to bed. It was early!
Abigail Breslin: (about her fat suit in "Little Miss Sunshine") I had to wear padding, yeah. I can't say that I miss it. It was really uncomfortable. Actually, a few weeks after we finished filming, I felt different without it! At the [movie] premiere, the director actually came up to me and was like, 'Wow, Abigail, you lost a lot of weight!' It was pretty funny.
Abigail Breslin: (about acting) What I like about it is being a different person. Every character is different, so you're able to be that person, and when you leave, you're yourself again. It's kind of weird to be two different people, but I think that's kind of fun too. My mom always told me that the best way to learn is to watch and kind of learn from other people, so that's what I try to do.
Abigail Breslin: My friends don't treat me any differently because I'm famous. They'll be like, 'Oh, that's cool, but aaaaanyway......'
Abigail Breslin: (about her co-star Jodie Foster in the 2008 film "Nim's Island") Just watching her was like learning. We talked about movies, food, and TV. Oh yeah, and the Dog Whisperer! My dog needs a dog whisperer.
Abigail Breslin: (At age 11) I don't want to have a career until after college. I want to either do this [act] or be a veterinarian.
Abigail Breslin: (About working on the American Girl movie) I got to learn so much about history in a very real way. It was fun working with other girls my age. We became good friends.
Abigail Breslin: I love to cook. Peanut butter and jelly is my best thing - and I love to do laundry, and I like to vacuum.
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