Abigail Breslin first captured our hearts as the bespectacled little girl in Little Miss Sunshine, and earned an Oscar nomination for the role to boot. Now the US actress is all grown up and bursting on to the big screen this month in tension filled thriller The Call. We chatted to Breslin about being stuck in a car boot, working with Halle Berry, and her favourite places to visit when she’s in the UK (hint: we’re one of them!).
You spend a lot of the movie in the boot of a car, how was that to film?
Being in a trunk for that long was kind of terrifying. You get a little claustrophobic and it’s painful to your back. It’s certainly not a fun situation to be in. You get a bit used to it after a while – which is terrible – and then you go away for the weekend and come back and you have to do it again and you’re like, ‘Oh, I hate this trunk so much’. I mean we had 40 trunks in this film with us, it was crazy.
What did you do to prepare for the role?
I spent a lot of time listening to 911 phone calls and hearing how the victims sound when they’re in that kind of situation. It was really hard to listen to but at the same time it’s helpful to hear to then be able to go and channel that energy into it.
It seems quite an intense and traumatic role – did you find it difficult to leave all the drama behind on the set?
I got an email one week from Brad, the director, and it said, ‘I hope you’re not too dehydrated from crying so much, I hope your voice is not completely gone, and I hope that you are not bruised beyond recognition. Have a good weekend.’ And I was like, I am all of those things, but it’s okay. I just remember waking up one morning and being so sore and I didn’t know why. But it was from the emotional output and crying so much. It hurts after a while and you can’t even think straight. So it was draining, it was really draining.
What was it like working with Hally Berry?
Working with Halle was great! She’s such an amazing actress, so sweet, and it was such an exciting thing being able to work with her. I could speak about her all day.
When you’re not acting, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Hanging out with my friends, talking about guys, playing the guitar and watching Honey Boo Boo. I love that show!
How would you describe your personal style?
Because I grew up in New York and now live in LA, I would say it’s a mix of the two. The edginess of New York mixed with the laidback style of LA. I love British fashion! I would love to live in England, all the great music and fashion is coming out of England at the moment. I love Topshop! Last time I was there doing press, I made it my mission to get down to the store – which I did – just before it closed and before I had to catch my flight back to the States.
What’s next in the pipeline for you?
I have Ender’s Game coming out, which is really exciting and then August: Osage County as well, which is such an incredible movie to be a part of as well as I’m working with Meryl Streep. So I’m really excited for those and then I have Final Girl, which was directed by Tyler Shields, which is a really cool movie. So I’m really excited about that as well.
The Call is released in UK cinemas on 20th Sept, get a sneak peek of the film in the video below.