Ever since the exuberant character, Olive Hooper, answered the phone and screamed her way (with joy) into audience’s hearts, actress Abigail Breslin has been a major player on the Hollywood scene.
Acting has been family affair for the New York-born Breslin since she was just a ‘wee tot’. Both of her older brothers, Ryan and Spencer, are also actors. After starring in few commercials as a baby, she made her big screen debut, alongside Spencer (and some guy named Mel Gibson), in the 2002 science-fiction blockbuster, “Signs” (also known as M. Night Shyamalan’s last good movie). She was just 6 when the movie was released, and only 5 when principal photography concluded.
Abigail received very high marks for her performance in “Signs”. She showed she could handle material with greater depth to it, ensuring that she would not be pigeon-holed to ‘cute kid’ roles throughout her youth. This got her a small part in “The Princess Diaries 2” and a much larger role with Kate Hudson in “Raising Helen”. She then got a part in the third installment of the Tim Allen “Santa Clause” series, “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”. In those last two movies, she once again got to act with her brother, Spencer.
Then Abigail landed her major breakthrough role as the precocious Olive Hooper in the 2006 indie super-hit “Little Miss Sunshine”. She portrays a young girl who just found out she has been selected for the ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ beauty pageant in California and has to travel 800 miles in two days, in a broken down bus, with a dysfunctional family that can only be described as ‘eclectic’, in order to compete. Her performance was very well received; so much so that she actually received an Academy Award nomination for Best Support Actress, making her one of the youngest nominees ever (she eventually lost to Jennifer Hudson for “Dreamgirls”).
After two more supporting roles in big-name romantic ‘dramedies’, “No Reservations” and “Definitely, Maybe”, Abigail scored her first lead roles. She was the title character in “Nim’s Island” and the eponymous ‘american girl’ in “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl”. She then earned oodles of ‘nerd cred’ with a hilarious role in the end-of-world comedy “Zombieland”.
Abigail has managed to score additional heavyweight acting roles in recent films, such as “Ender’s Game” and “August: Osage County”. This fall, she will be starring alongside other young adult stars like Emma Roberts and Keke Palmer in the Fox horror-comedy “Scream Queens”. An accurate thing to say with regards to Abigail is ‘watch this space’, because there are going to be many, many more high-end projects coming her way.
Upon turning 19 years old, Abigail wasted very little time showing much she wanted to join ‘Club Ink’. A birthday gift from her brother, Spencer, was a trip to a tattoo studio. She got a cute design of the planet, Saturn, and three stars on her left wrist.
The love of tattoos did not end with just one. Several weeks later, Abigail went back and got TWO MORE tattoos. One was her alien buddy, Alan, on her left shoulder (wonder if she knows him from her “Signs” days), and the title of the song “Holocene” by Bon Iver on one of her forearms (it’s a song that has great personal meaning for her). These two were done by Kaylyn Tattoos. Abigail liked the experience so much, she brought her mother along to get inked… and she got TWO of her own. :-).
I think we will definitely be seeing Abigail getting much more body art as time goes by.
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