Abigail Breslin's Transformation Over the Years Will Wow You
07th October, 2021
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Abigail Breslin is no longer the child star we remember in Little Miss Sunshine. She has come a long way since we saw her in the tragicomedy. Abigail Breslin is all grown up, and her transformation from Olive in Little Miss Sunshine to a fellow Chanel in Scream Queens is worth lauding. She has worked in all sorts of projects, got herself an Oscar nomination, dabbled in music, and worked with quite a few Hollywood biggies. It has been a long career, and here's what she has been up to since she first stole our hearts with her acting prowess.
Abigail’s career before Little Miss Sunshine
Though Abigail Breslin is often remembered as Olive, the ambitious young girl in the critically-acclaimed Little Miss Sunshine, the film was not her first project. The actress, who was born in 1996, started her career with TV commercials at three. A Toys 'R' Us commercial marked her television debut, following which the actress was offered several other gigs. These projects helped the young star pave her way to the silver screens. Abigail was cast as Mel Gibson's daughter in the sci-fi-mystery Signs(2002), marking her debut in Hollywood. When asked how she felt about the movie, Abigail exclaimed, "It was the coolest experience ever! I hadn't done any other movie roles, so I was really nervous." The movie turned out to be a turning point in her career, and she went on to perform in television shows like Law & Order and work in films like Raising Helen. She also did a cameo in The Princess Diaries 2 and had a small role in Keane.
Like sister, like brother
The young artist isn't the only one in the family with meritorious acting skills. Her elder brother, Spencer Breslin, is also an incredible actor who rose to fame at an early age. Spencer, born in 1992, was discovered by a talent agent at the age of three, when he was at a playground in New York. Since then, he has appeared in over 50 commercials for brands like McDonald's and Life cereal. His Hollywood debut, however, came when he was eight. He appeared in The Kid, a renowned Disney film, alongside megastar Bruce Willis. Spencer is also known for his performance in the 2003 live-action adaptation of The Cat in the Hat and the 2006 Christmas comedy The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause. Fun fact: the real-life siblings have played the reel-life siblings Henry and Sarah Davis in the 2004 comedy-drama Raising Helen.
Little Miss Sunshine’s years in Hollywood
Abigail shot to fame after her performance in Little Miss Sunshine and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2007. The actress was compared with the likes of Dakota Fanning, who at age seven got critical acclamation for her role in I Am Sam, and Drew Barrymore, who received tremendous praise for her performance in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). In fact, Barrymore is now the owner of a million-dollar fashion brand "Dear Drew." But coming back to child actors, keeping up with the ceaseless attention and fame isn't easy. Many young celebrities tend to exit Hollywood after just one hit film. But not Abigail. She pursued her career in Hollywood and was cast in other noteworthy films, including Zombieland (2009), My Sister's Keeper (2009), and August: Osage County (2013). The actress also starred in the semi-anthology series Scream Queens in 2015.
Abigail is musically inclined
Abigail is an excellent actress, and we do not doubt that one bit. But the former child prodigy, while not one of the richest musicians of all time, is also a talented singer. In 2011, she was featured in the indie movie Janie Jones. The storyline shows a young girl, played by Abigail, reunited with her estranged father, who is a rockstar. She collaborates with him to release some amazing songs. But it's not all for show. The actress actually recorded a few songs in the movie. Abigail, who was fifteen at the time, said in an interview with "ETonline'' that the film influenced her passion for music. Eventually, the Little Miss Sunshine star gained popularity as a singer and formed a band. In 2018, she released a track titled "Sleepwalking" and another one in 2019 called "90s Honey." What’s more! The multi-talented star is gearing up for the release of her new song "Steve McQueen," which she says is “about a relationship you can never quite grasp.”
Sunny memories of the past
Not everyone enjoys looking back at their career. The same goes for several child actors who never really liked their roles in the films they starred in. But fortunately for Abigail, her memories as a young artist were nothing but positive, especially her experience of portraying Olive. In an interview with "Yahoo! Entertainment," Abigail said, "It was such an incredible film to be a part of, and I don't think anyone expected it to become as successful as it was." She said, "It was obviously a film that gave me a lot of opportunities and opened a lot of doors for me, so it's crazy to think it's already been 15 years, but I have amazing memories from that whole experience." She was not exaggerating because the film was a hit at the box office. Though it was made with an $8 million budget, its net gross was over $101 million! Impressive, eh? Little Miss Sunshine won two Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt and Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin.
Her complicated relationship with Hollywood
Gaining fame as an outstanding child actor in a box-office hit is a dream come true. But what happens if that one piece of work overshadows every other role even after 15 long years? “Sometimes people forget that I’m 25 years old and not 9 anymore,” said Abigail in an interview with "iNews." The renowned star explained how she "looks very little" when she auditioned for other projects due to her height of 5 '1,” and how she longs to work on other projects with a significantly mature cast. She also stated that she does not "want to disrespect” the film that made her famous. She added, “It’s sweet in a way because I think people felt so emotionally attached to that role and to that film. They want me to be Olive. I understand that. I’ll always have a bit of Olive in me, but I want to try new things.” But if things don't work out in Hollywood, she has expressed her aspirations to become a vet.