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Abigail Breslin Talks Kit Kittredge

By Samantha Group | July 2 , 2008
Abigail Breslin in a scene from <i>Kit Kittredge: An American Girl</i> (Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)
Abigail Breslin in a scene from Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)

During a press day for Kit Kittredge: An American Girl in New York, Kid Reporter Sam Group had the chance to sit down for a one-on-one interview with Kit herself, Abigail Breslin. Sam and Abigail talked about the movie, school, reading, and Abigail's favorite music.

Read on to find out just how alike Abigail and Kit are!

Scholastic News Online: How did you prepare for the role of Kit?
Abigail Breslin: Well, I had to learn how to use a typewriter and I wore a wig and everything, so every single day I had to get on the wig and freckles and everything. But I had to learn how to use a typewriter and I said, "Where is the screen?" And they said there is no screen. And I said, "Well then, how do you see it?" They said, "Well, you just use the paper." So that was a little bit weird!

SNO: If this were 1934 and we were living through the Depression, how do you think you would handle such hard times?
Abigail: Probably, you know, I think in the movie everybody just sort of is trying to pull together, and even though it's a hard time, they are still trying to have fun. So I would probably just try to have fun.

SNO: What would you do if your family were not able to pay the mortgage?
Abigail: Well, I don't know. I'm definitely not as smart as Kit, so she did things like sold eggs and was pretty cool!

SNO: Kit is a really positive role model for girls. What qualities do you admire most in her? How are you similar/different?
Abigail: I really like that she can be really smart and she knows her own mind, and one of the cool things about her is that she'll do things she doesn't want to do, but she'll do them and want to have fun with them. I think that's really cool, but it's not just like about how girls are smart and everything. It's about being yourself.

SNO: Do you have a similar personality to hers?
Abigail: Well, I am definitely not as brave as her because I could never go to somebody and be, like I want to be in print and everything. I couldn't do that. I would be too scared!

An image, from Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Madison Davenport, Abigail Breslin and Brieanne Jansen in a scene from Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)

SNO: Kit learned a lot during the rough times of the Depression. What message or meaning do you want kids to take away from this movie?
Abigail: One of the things that I like about the movie is pulling together through hard times. But it's also about sharing what you do have and not necessarily about sharing if you have a lot. It's about sharing anything you have with people.

SNO: Did you learn anything new about the Depression?
Abigail: Well, I actually didn't know a lot about the Depression, and my grandma grew up in the Great Depression. So when I did the movie, she told me a little about it and also just making the movie, I learned a lot about it.

SNO: Kit was really headstrong to become a reporter. Were you as determined to become an actress?
Abigail: Well, I did my first commercial when I was 3. So I don't remember that much, but I really liked it, so I just kept doing it.

SNO: Did anything motivate you?
Abigail: Well, my brother started acting before I did. So I just sort of just went into it. I really just liked it and kept doing it. But I just have a lot of fun, so I guess that what motivates me.

SNO: What's your life like when you're not working on a movie?
Abigail: Just go to school—not so much fun—and I love to talk on the phone, I like to swim, I like to read, I like to do art, I like to have sleepovers, that kind of thing.

SNO: When you think about all the characters you have played, which one have you enjoyed the most?
Abigail: I liked playing Kit because I got to wear all the 1930s clothes and the wig and the freckles and everything—and that was fun. I think that at some point when I am making the movie, every character is my favorite.

SNO: How does school work out for you? Do you attend school, are you home schooled, do you go to a public school?
Abigail: Well, I'm home schooled and my mom says I have to do three hours of school a day.

SNO: What subjects do you like?
Abigail: I like reading and I like art, but I can't say math! I like lunch. It's easy.

An image, from Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
Abigail Breslin (and Grace) in a scene from Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (Photo: Cylla von Tiedemann)

SNO: Why do you like those two subjects?
Abigail: I like to just read and just sort of when you get into a book and you can't wait to read the next one.

SNO: What subjects don't you like?
Abigail: I don't like math because I don't understand what they want me to do in my book. It doesn't make sense to me. But I'm not terrible at math, but I just don't like it.

SNO: What music do you like to listen to?
Abigail: I like Hannah Montana and the Jonas Brothers and that kind of thing. I also like Natasha Bedingfield. I like her new song.

SNO: What songs do you like by those artists?
Abigail: Well, I like Natasha Bedingfield's "Pocket Full of Sunshine." I like that song a lot. I like Hannah Montana. I don't know. I like the Miley Cyrus song "See You Again." Love that song. And the Jonas Brothers. Oh my, I can't wait for their movie Camp Rock! I am so excited!

SNO: So what books are your favorites?
Abigail: I like Anthon Ann and The Clique Series.

SNO: What are you doing in the future?
Abigail: I just finished a movie called My Sister's Keeper with Cameron Diaz, Jason Patric, Sofia Vassilieva, Alec Baldwin, and Joan Cusack. So I just finished that, and I am not sure when that comes out.

SNO: Can you tell me what it's about?
Abigail: Well, It's based on the novel by Jodi Picoult, and it's a really sad movie. It's about a girl who has cancer, and I was born to, like, give her body parts. It's kind of complicated.

Be sure to read all of Sam's coverage of Kit Kittredge: An American Girl in our special report!

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Samantha Group is a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.

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