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Abigail Breslin talks about growing up on-screen and how her family (sort of) kept her normal

'I couldn't talk about work at home,' the Oscar-nominated actress says

(Abigail Breslin)

Little Miss Sunshine certainly put a then 10-year-old Abigail Breslin on the map, but it’s another film the actress credits with igniting her passion for performing.

“I always liked making movies when I was younger and it was always really fun to me … but when I was 12, I did this movie called My Sister’s Keeper and that was the movie where I realized I didn’t just like making movies, I liked acting,” she shares in the video above.

Breslin, now 19, has already had a successful career, nabbing an Oscar nomination before she was even a teenager. And while it took awhile for the achievement to sink in, she attributes most of it to luck more than anything else.

“It was such a fluke, lucky thing, and you can’t ever predict that,” she says. “For me, it’s more important if one of my friends says, ‘Oh my god, that movie was the best thing you’ve done’ or ‘I’m obsessed with that.’”

While she’s grown up in the spotlight, Breslin, who now stars on Fox’s Scream Queens, says her family has made sure to keep her grounded. “My family has been really important in keeping me normal. [Growing up] when I wrapped on set and [would] go home it was always a set-free zone. We couldn’t talk about work, we just talked about real normal life things. I think that helped a lot at keeping me from being weird. I mean I am, but they tried!” 

Watch the full interview with Breslin above and head here to watch the rest of our My Journey series.