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.
Earlier this year 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. You can expect another incredible performance from Abigail in this film. The movie is set to be released in summer 2009.
Another great thing to add to this year is that Abigail won the Young Heroes award for being a great role model for young people.
At the young age of 12, 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.
Biography Written by Miss Abigail Breslin Online Team