Quvenzhané Wallis Talks With TIME About Working On “Beasts,” And Why She Was And Wasn’t Surprised By Her Oscar Nomination
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As part of their annual tribute to Oscar-nominated actors and actresses and the performances that got them such a major accolade, TIME took portraits and video footage of 11 of the nominees being themselves–not their popular characters. In between seasoned actors and legends is Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest best actress nominee ever. With her curly hair in a halo around her head and a bowtie on, the 9-year-old sat down to discuss her time working on Beasts of the Southern Wild, helping to pick her co-star, Dwight Henry (who would go on to play her father), probably because he brought her some of his famous bakery sweets, dealing with mosquitoes and more. Outside of the camera, Wallis was asked how she felt about her nomination, and in response, she says, “I wasn’t surprised on the outside, but I was on the inside.” We get it girl, always play it cool for the fans, but I’m sure she went bananas when she had a moment to herself. Check out the indelibly cute star and let us know below what you thought of her interview. Enjoy!