Variety calls her “a dandelion-haired heroine fighting rising tides and fantastic creatures.” Quvenzhané Wallis is the star of the Beasts of the Southern Wild, a film that tells the story of an extraordinarily imaginative six-year-old girl who when faced with unstoppable catastrophes of epic proportions must learn to survive on her own.
Roger Ebert asked Quvenzhané about her audition: “My audition turned out to be at the library and my Mom got a call from one of her friends and it was for a six to nine year old. So my Mom said I couldn’t go ’cause I was only five. But we just went and we act like we’re having nothin’ to do; we had done nothin’ wrong. And we just sneaked in because I was like one year younger so we just sneaked in and we walked out like we ain’t done nothin’.
“So they called back and they said they were looking for Nazie. My Mom says ‘Oh, you must be looking for Quvenzhané.’ They were like, no, we must have called the wrong person and they almost hung up but my Mom caught them. And she goes, ‘she must have told you Nazie,’ and they were like, ‘yes, that’s who we’re looking for.’ And that’s Quvenzhané. And they only have found me because the character who is Hushpuppy, she does what is right and she is fearless and that’s what I did at the audition.”
Read Roger Ebert’s complete interview here.
Beasts of the Southern Wild opens for a run this Friday, July 13.