GMA: Quvenzhane Wallis Best Actress Nomination
Nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest person to ever be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, came by Good Morning America February 15 2013 to talk about her film, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which is also nominated for Best Picture.
Quvenzhane Wallis said she was asleep when her mother woke her up and told her she was nominated. She said that inside, she was doing flips when her mother told her, but outside, she just looked tired and didn’t react.
GMA: Quvenzhane Wallis Too Young To Audition
Quvenzhane said that she was only five when her mother took her to the audition for the movie. The movie was asking for actresses ages 6-9 to audition, but Quvenzhane’s mother took her anyway. Her mother was uncertain about it, but her mother’s friend assured her that Quvenzhane Wallis could handle it. She beat out thousands of little girls.
GMA: Quvenzhane Wallis Helped Pick Actors
Quvenzhane Wallis said she helped pick Dwight Henry, the man who ultimately played her father, for the role. She said that she read with several different possible actors, but it wasn’t until Dwight Henry arrived that she thought she’d found the right one.
Dwight Henry arrived with bags full of donuts, cupcakes and brownies. Dwight Henry was a baker before getting cast in the movie and the baked goods were all from his bakery. Quvenzhane Wallis said she thought it was some sort of game where you keep opening boxes that are smaller and smaller, but was surprised when it was just one box full of the delicious treats. She said she immediately turned around with a big grin at the director. They still had to read together, but it seems like Quvenzhane Wallis had already made up her mind.
Quvenzhane Wallis: Acting When She’s Older
Quvenzhane said she’s been having a blast with her career and that she absolutely loves acting. George Stephanopoulos asked her if she would be an actress when she grows up and she said she absolutely would.
“I get to be on Good Morning America,” she said, drawing out the “a” in the word and nudging George Stephanopolous’ knee with a huge grin on her face. George Stephanopoulos and Quvenzhane Wallis then bumped fists and Josh Elliot and Sam Champion laughed and gave her a standing ovation.