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Gifted Child Actors Steal Spotlight at Sundance

January 27, 2012

Three child actors, one as young as 2 years old, stole their respective films shown in the Sundance Film Festival that ends Sunday.

Quvenzhane Wallis, who was only 6 years old when she shot “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” got a standing ovation from an audience of over 1,000 during the film’s world premiere in the festival.

In her stunning feature-film acting debut, Quvenzhane plays Hushpuppy, a girl being trained to fend for herself by her wildman dad, Wink (Dwight Henry, also a neophyte actor), who is terminally ill. They live in a Louisiana bayou cut off from the world by a sprawling levee. With her Afro hair and boots, the astonishingly talented breakout actress displays her character’s feral spirit and vulnerability at the same time. Read More