‘Little Miss Sunshine’ All Grown Up

December 27, 2011 by staff 

'Little Miss Sunshine' All Grown Up‘Little Miss Sunshine’ All Grown Up, It’s been nearly six years since Abigail Breslin stole hearts and netted an Oscar nomination as idealistic child beauty queen Olive Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine.

The poised and pretty 15-year-old who welcomed a reporter into a Yorkville hotel suite earlier this month in impossibly high-heeled Alice and Olivia boots and a cute crop top over an AllSaints lace skirt bore little resemblance to sweetly earnest Olive.

Breslin is growing up and doing much of that onscreen, defiantly flashing a canary yellow bra to her horrified mom (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) and sharing her first cinema kiss in Garry Marshall’s star-studded rom-com New Year’s Eve, opening Dec. 9. She plays Hailey, a teen who has no desire to stay home with mom watching the countdown on TV with hats and noisemakers. Her plans involve the ball drop in Times Square and celebrating with her friends, including a special boy (Jake T. Austin).

Breslin’s next role will complete her transition to young adult actress, co-starring in The Class Project as one of two Mississauga sisters who killed their mother, drugging her with booze and pills, then drowning her in the bathtub, hoping to pass it off as an accident. Based on the book by the Star’s Bob Mitchell and filmed in Winnipeg, the movie is due next year. It stars Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) as the other sister and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) as their mother.

“It’s a much darker movie,” said Breslin, who went light blond from her usual brunette for the role of a teen murderer.

That’s not the case with New Year’s Eve, where, as with 2010′s Valentine’s Day, Marshall brings a huge cast of Hollywood luminaries together for a variety of intertwining stories that take place Dec. 31 in New York City.

“I loved playing Hailey,” said Breslin, who also makes her home in The Big Apple. “It’s kind of a battle of the wills between her and her mom. Her mom is trying to protect her and I think it’s something all teenagers can relate to.”

Herself included? Breslin smiles. She’s heard the question before.

“Definitely I can understand where she’s coming from, wanting to be independent. But I think everybody can also see where her mom is coming from, not wanting her to go to big Times Square.”

Did she do anything special to prepare for the scene where she whips her top up to show her grown-up undies to her mom in the middle of Grand Central Station with a defiant: “This is not a training bra!” How about her first onscreen kiss?

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