Abigail Breslin Biography
On the 14th of April 1996, Abigail Kathleen Breslin was born in New York City. Kim and Michael Breslin had already two other kids, Ryan and Spencer, who is an actor. Abigail wanted to follow his brother’s footsteps and she did:
In 1999, at the age of 3, she had her first acting experience: She filmed a “Toys R’ Us” commercial. Although, she was only 3 years old, she did a great job and delivered her lines perfectly.
After that, M. Night Shyamalan offered her the role of Bo Hess in Signs. Even at 5 years old, she knew she was ready and accepted. Her co-stars Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix were amazed by her professionalism and acting skills. But not all was work, they also had a lot of fun on-set, when they had free time, Abbie and Joaquin played thumbs wars (and Abbie always won). The movie was released in 2002 and the critics loved the newcomer. Some critics said: “You can be looking out for her in the sometime near future.” And they were right. In the same year the movie was released, she booked two guest spots in the tv shows What I Like About You and Hack.
2003 was a busy year for miss Breslin, she filmed several movies that were released in 2004. One of them was Raising Helen, in which she co-stared with Kate Hudson and her real-life brother Spencer. Once again, she stole the heart of her co- stars. Kate Hudson even said: “And the little girl, Abigail, is such alittle wonder. Whenever we had to shoot the scene in the bathroom, where her character can’t tie her shoes, I felt like just scooping her up and giving her the biggest hug. I just love her!”.
Another of her movies, that was released in 2004, was The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. She had only a little scene in the movie, but that scene melted the hearts of all the viewers. She also proved that she can play any kind of roles: She did the drama Keane and the kids movie Chesnut: Hero of Central Park. She also guest starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service. In both shows, she gave an amazing and heartbreaking performance.
In 2005 she was only in a TV movie called The Family Plan, but she also booked the role that would change her life, the role of Olive Hoover in the independent film Little Miss Sunshine. The movie is about a family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. In January the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Everyone loved the film and Fox Searchlight bought the rights to distribute the film for $10.5 million. Little Miss Sunshine was a worldwide success and the critics described Abigail’s performance as perfect. Wearing a fat suit and shooting in the hot inside of a VM bus was totally worth it, because Abigail got nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award (and many other awards). Unfortunately, she lost both awards to Jennifer Hudson.
2006 was a very busy year, even while promoting “Little Miss Sunshine”, she found the time to film an episode for the hit tv series Grey’s Anatomy and Ghost Whisperer. In the same year, she got to do her first voice over for a movie, Disney’s Air Buddies. She also filmed a scene for another Disney movie The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. She played Trish, an elf, and even though her scene was short, it was very sweet and well performed.
The beginning of 2007 was amazing for her. She got to attend the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Academy Awards and even the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards in England. She looked like a princess in every single event, especially at the Academy Awards in her pink dress. She also got to meet her favorite actress, Meryl Streep at those events.
Then The Ultimate Gift, a movie based on the best-seller by Jim Stovall, hit theatres. In this movie Abigail plays Emily, a spirited girl fighting leukemia. Some of the critics compared this performance (and even thought it was better) to her performance in “Little Miss Sunshine”. One of the many good reviews was: “If Abigail Breslin can maintain this level of intensity in her performances I see Oscars lined up at her feet.”
Another great movie followed The Ultimate Gift. Abigail stole every single scene in No Reservations, where she played Zoe, a girl who just lost her mother and has to stay with her aunt, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. The end of 2007 was also amazing. She was honored with the Glamour Girl of the Year award, being the first girl to ever win that award.
2008 was all about Abigail Breslin. She started the year promoting her romantic comedy, Definitely, Maybe. In the movie she played the daughter of Ryan Reynolds’ character. The cast of the movie also includes Isla Fisher, Elizabeth Banks and Rachel Weisz. Then she was honored with the ShoWest Award, in the category of Female Star of Tomorrow.
She got to travel to Australia to film her new adventure movie Nim’s Island, that was released worldwide that same year. She proved once again, that she could make every type of role work. In this movie she had to work with sea lions, lizards and more animals, she had to rock climb and shoot scenes under the water. It was her first experience as the lead in a movie and she did amazing, she even got nominated for a Teen Choice Award.
Then, she booked the lead in another movie. And not just any movie, it was an American Girl movie, inspired by the beloved American Girl dolls and books. And this movie was very special, because it was the first American Girl movie that would go to the big screen. The name of the movie is Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and Abigail plays Kit, a girl who grows up in the early years of the Great Depression.
In 2009 Abigail replaced 10-year-old Elle Fanning in a film adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s My Sister’s Keeper, playing the lead role of Andromeda “Anna” Fitzgerald. The movie/book is about a young girl who sues her parents for the right to make her own decisions about how her body is used when a kidney transplant is planned in order to potentially save her older sister. Abigail gave a very moving performance as Anna and subsequently received many glowing reviews.
Later in the year, Abgiail starred alongside Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson in the “zom-com” Zombieland. Being very different from anything Abigail had done before it was hard to know what to expect, but as usual Abigail was able to pull it off without a problem and once again gave audiences something to talk about. To top off 2009, Abigail won the Young Heroes award for being a great role model for young people.
In 2010 Abigail was given an amazing opportunity to play Helen Keller in the broadway show The Miracle Worker making her stage and broadway debut. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that she “well portrays Helen’s feral rebelliousness in the play’s early sections and is deeply touching as her character’s bond with her teacher grows”.Ticket sales for the play, however, were considered disappointing, and the show closed in April 2010.
In September 2009, Breslin filmed in Des Moines, Iowa, playing the title character in the film Janie Jones: a 13-year old girl who is abandoned by her former-groupie mother (Elisabeth Shue), and informs Ethan Brand (Alessandro Nivola), a fading rock star, that she is his daughter. The film premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2011, Breslin voiced Priscilla, a cactus mouse in the animated comedy Rango, and appeared in the romantic comedy New Year’s Eve.
In July 2012, she was cast in August: Osage County, the film adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, alongside Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. August: Osage County received mostly positive reviews and two Oscar nominations for Streep and Roberts.
In 2013, Breslin appeared in the thriller The Call with Halle Berry which received mixed reviews from critics. Andrew Barker of Variety wrote that Breslin “acquits herself well enough for a problematic role in which she’s forced to cry and scream nearly continuously.” The Call grossed $68 million worldwide. Also in 2013, Breslin appeared in the horror film Haunter in the role of Lisa a ghost who bonds with a future girl living in her house to stop an evil killing spirit with the help of his many victims.
Breslin also starred in the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s novel, Ender’s Game which also received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics and it was a disappointment at the box office, grossing only $125 million worldwide on a $110 million budget which unfortunately meant it unlikely that the sequel would infact get made.
In 2014, Breslin appeared in the “based on a true story” crime drama Perfect Sisters along with Harry Potter star Georgie Henley. Strong performances from both girls made this film worthwhile but viewers found their emotions, and opinions, swaying from moment to moment, and opened discussion on the guilt or innocence of the sisters, which is the best example of how powerful a film is.
Next up for Abbie is Maggie, a thriller following a teenage girl infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side. Her mother and father are played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Joely Richardson. The film was going to have its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, along with subsequent screenings. However, according to a scheduling update on the festival’s website, the film was withdrawn at the request of Lionsgate, who picked up the film for US distribution for 2015.
In 2015 Abbie will also star in Final Girl which is directed by iconic photographer Tyler Shields and will also lend her voice to the highly anticipated animated film, The Wild Bunch.
At the young age of 18, Abigail has already built up an impressive resume, and it’s safe to say we can expect even more great things from her in the future, be it in acting or any other profession she may choose.