Ellen: Abigail Breslin Janie Jones Review


Ellen: Little Miss Sunshine‘s Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin is the darling young actress who wooed audiences everywhere with her performance as Olive in Little Miss Sunshine. Ellen got a Janie Jones review from Abigail when she stopped by the show.

Ellen: Abigail Breslin in Janie Jones

Abigail’s latest film is called Janie Jones, in which she plays the character Janie Jones. Her character’s name is a reference to a song of the same name by the Clash off their self titled album.


Ellen: Abigail Breslin Janie Jones Review

Ellen got a Janie Jones review from Abigail Breslin, the young actress who played Olive in Little Miss Sunshine. (Jaguar PS / Shutterstock.com)

Ellen shared a clip from the film featuring Abigail playing Janie and Alessandro Nivola playing Janie’s father, Ethan Brand.

“I’m sorry,” Ethan said. “I shouldn’t have said that.”


“Said what?” Janie asked.

“Back there…I didn’t mean to upset you,” Ethan explained.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Janie said.

There was an awkward pause and Ethan changed the topic.

“I didn’t recognize that song,” he said of the song that Janie had been playing on her guitar. “Did you write that?”

“Yeah, I guess,” Janie said nonchalantly.

“It was good,” Ethan said.

Ellen: Abigail Breslin Janie Jones Review

After the video was over, Abigail gave Ellen a more general explanation of the plot.

The film follows the story of Janie, who meets her father, Ethan, for the very first time when she’s 13 years old.

“She meets him because her mom, who is a drug addict, abandons her at a bar,” Abigail said.

Abigail said that Janie and Ethan bond over their mutual love for songwriting. She said that even though Ethan is Janie’s father, Janie ends up helping Ethan a lot because she was so used to helping her burned out mother.

“You really help him a lot during that journey,” Ellen said.

“It’s a really interesting story and it’s based on a true story from David’s life,” Ellen said, referring to the film’s director, David Rosenthal.

Ellen: Abigail Breslin Teenage Driver

Abigail Breslin told Ellen about how she drove for the first time on the set of her new film, Janie Jones.

“I probably gave everyone onset nightmares,” she said. “I was 13 at the time. I was driving in a parking lot and David Rosenthal, the director, was crouched in the passenger seat trying to coach me through it.”

Abigail joked about how stressful the experience was.

“I was like, ‘What? Stop yelling at me! I don’t know what I’m doing! I’m only 13!” she said.


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