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Quvenzhane Wallis in 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

December 04, 2012

Often actors will try to tap into something within themselves when they tackle a role. But that was a tall order for tiny Quvenzhane Wallis, who made her acting debut in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" as Hushpuppy, a character with whom she had little in common.

"I actually asked, 'Who is this? It's not me,' " Wallis says. "I'm not really like her, so I was kind of confused as to who she was. They told me, 'It's you.' 'Me?' So it was difficult to get used to."

Wallis, whose mother reports that her first name means "fairy" in Swahili, says there was really only one aspect of Hushpuppy that she could identify with. Read More