Work is bundle of fun for Little Miss Breslin

Tue Apr 1, 2008 12:39pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - She's been nominated for an Oscar, is busier than many actresses twice her age and has been named "Female Star of Tomorrow."

But for Abigail Breslin, the "Little Miss Sunshine" star who turns 12 next month, making movies is still all about having fun and just being a kid.

So her latest film, the adventure comedy "Nim's Island" in which she plays a girl living on a deserted island with exotic animals for friends and zip lines as transport, was about as good as it gets for Breslin.

"It was so much fun. I got to work with sea lions and bearded dragon lizards and the pelican. I trained them and had to feed them and learned how to make them do tricks," Breslin told Reuters in an interview.

"I got to do a lot of climbing and running and flying on the zip line, which was really fun. I learned how to do duck dives, how to hold my breath under water and even how to scream under water," she said.

Breslin's character Nim uses a zip line cable as a means of whizzing through the rainforest to the beach in her tropical island home.

"Nim's Island," based on the children's book of the same name by Australian author Wendy Orr, has Breslin teamed up with actress Jodie Foster in a rare comic turn. The family-friendly action movie with an underlying message about courage and the meaning of heroism opens in the United States on April 4.

Getting bitten by a spider during the shoot and cooking with live meal worms wasn't so nice, even for a girl who says she'd like to be a vet when she grows up.   Continued...

<p>Actress Abigail Breslin, who portrays Nim in the movie "Nim's Island" poses for a portrait in Los Angeles March 19, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on April 4. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>