Five Favorite Films with Abigail Breslin

The star of this week's Janie Jones drops by for a chat about movies, music, and her career.

Since her acting debut in Signs (at age six) and Oscar nomination for Little Miss Sunshine (at age 10), Abigail Breslin has taken an unpredictable path in her film roles, appearing in everything from family movies to heartstring-heavy dramas to unabashed horror-comedy -- as Zombieland's gun-toting scamp Little Rock, she got to indulge in what few of her young peers are allowed; namely, blowing away hordes of the undead. This year, Breslin's already lent her voice to probably the best, and certainly the most original American animated feature, Rango, and she'll soon appear (alongside practically everyone else in Hollywood) in the romantic comedy New Year's Eve; while next year brings a transition to teenage roles -- including a high school murderess in the very Heavenly Creatures-sounding Innocence. In this week's Janie Jones, Breslin plays the title character, a 13-year-old girl set adrift from her single mother to reconnects with her boozy rock-n-roll dad, played by Alessandro Nivola. We sat down with the young actress to talk about the movie and her music, where she sees her career headed, and her Five Favorite Films (with a little assist from her mom).


Meet Me in St. Louis (Vincente Minnelli, 1944; 100% Tomatometer)

One would probably be Meet Me in St. Louis, which I love. Meet Me in St. Louis I love because I love Margaret O'Brien, and I actually got to meet her in person -- she was so sweet and so cool. She was my favorite. So I love that movie.




Insidious (James Wan, 2011; 67% Tomatometer)

I guess I'll have to do one horror movie because it's my thing; I love horror movies. So my favorite horror movie would be... [pauses] I guess I'll just go with a recent one that I really like right now, which was Insidious. I actually really liked that. It was kind of like, in some ways kind of campy, but it was so fun the way it was done. I loved the storyline of it all, and the ending was really cool.




The Help (Tate Taylor, 2011; 74% Tomatometer)

A recent movie that I really liked was The Help. I thought The Help was really, really good. And I love all the actors in it, who I thought were just amazing. I love Jessica Chastain, and Viola Davis and, you know, Emma Stone too, 'cause I worked with her. And Octavia Spencer. I thought they were all amazing.




What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (Robert Aldrich, 1962; 89% Tomatometer)

Oh, the Bette Davis one -- What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? I really like... I really love that movie. She's kind of like really crazy and creepy. It's one of the most -- it's not really a horror movie, but it's so eerie and creepy. .




Prancer (John D. Hancock, 1989; 69% Tomatometer)

And then finally I love... [long pause] Can I think about the last one? [Breslin's mother intervenes: "For sentimental reasons the one you always loved was Prancer," she suggests, laughing.] Oh yeah, I loved Prancer. Oh my god. [Laughs] I actually, really--- okay, yeah, I'll put that. So that movie, for sentimental reasons, and just because I still love it. It still has to be watched every Christmas. [Mom laughs in the background. ]

How many times have you seen it?

Oh, probably over a hundred. Especially when I was younger, I watched it like every day.

Do you know I've never seen it?

Oh my gosh, shame on you! Now you must.



Next, Breslin talks about Janie Jones, starting her music career, and her mini-obsession with Little Rock.

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