She stars as Hushpuppy in Beasts of The Southern Wild, a fantasy film set in the Louisiana bayou.
She almost didn’t get the opportunity to star in the film, as her parents had to lie about her age to get her the audition. Casting directors were seeking girls 6 years old, Wallis was just 5.
Still, director Benh Zeitlin told The Daily Beast that when he auditioned Wallis, he knew he had discovered his star, and even changed the script to better suit her personality.
Watch this interview with Quvenzhané Wallis and get to know this cute, confident, breath of fresh air.
With the Best Actress in A Leading Role nomination, Quvenzhané Wallis is now the youngest Best Actress Nominee of all time. Will she be the youngest ever winner too?
From Haley Joel-Osment, to Anna Paquin, to Tatum O’Neal, to Abigail Breslin, check out the list of the 11 youngest Oscar nominees:
List via Next Movie
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