Quvenzhane Wallis: 7 Reasons To Love The Youngest Best Actress Oscar Nominee

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3. She has an artistic vision, which she shared with director Benh Zeitlin when she auditioned for the part, at age 5 (a year younger than what they were looking for). After auditioning 3,500 girls for the part, she was doing a callback scene that had her throwing a water bottle at someone. “I couldn’t get her to do it,” he told EW. “So I cut the scene and said, ‘Why won’t you just throw the water bottle? and she said: ‘That’s not right. It isn’t right.’ ”

4. She told Robert Ebert she got the part because, “the character who is Hushpuppy, she does what is right and she is fearless and that’s what I did at the audition.”