Former "Sunshine" star Breslin yearns for horror

Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:12pm EDT
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former "Little Miss Sunshine" star Abigail Breslin, currently bringing tears to the eyes of Broadway theater audiences as the blind and deaf Helen Keller, has a grown-up message for movie scouts. She's ready for much darker roles.

Serious horror films, to be precise. Or, suggests Breslin, perhaps a meaty role such as Lady Jane Grey, who as a teenager ruled England for a brief period before being beheaded.

"I am obsessed with horror movies," Breslin, now aged 13, said in an interview near the theater where she has garnered critical praise for a convincing Broadway debut as a distressed 6-year-old Keller in "The Miracle Worker."

"I would love to do a 'Scream'-type movie."

This may come as a surprise to audiences who warmed to Breslin as bespectacled and adorable aspiring beauty pageant queen Olive Hoover in the 2006 film, "Little Miss Sunshine".

Fans also know her for "Zombieland" (2009) and sci-fi thriller "Signs," her first movie at the age of five.

For "Little Miss Sunshine," she became one of the youngest Oscar nominees for best supporting actress. Breslin is still level-headed beyond her years about the pressure of playing Keller in the revival of the 1959 play.

"I was nervous to play her but I think that it is best to try and not think about that and just try to do your best, whatever it is," she said.   Continued...

<p>Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a portrait in New York February 25, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>