Abigail Breslin ‘was a dream’ for Trudie Styler to work with on Freak Show

Trudie Styler recently sat down for a Q&A to promote her directorial debut Freak Show at the BFI Southbank, and here’s what she had to say about Abigail Breslin.

The film (which I loved) revolves around Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther), a boy who loves to dress in flamboyant, feminine clothes, which was fine when he lived with his mum (Bette Midler) in the city, but not so much when he is put in a conservative school. Breslin plays the queen bee of the school and Billy’s rival for Homecoming Queen.

I’ve previously shared what Styler had to say about Midler and Lawther (you can read that here), and now it’s time for her to chat about the Little Miss Sunshine star.

Here’s what she had to say:

“Nominated for an Oscar at the age of eight, this was her 40th movie at the age of 19, and she was a dream to work with, she’s sort of like a little Bette really; she’s not camera shy at all, she’s not afraid to really play ugly and play big and to really fill the screen and it’s never over-the-top acting, it’s larger than life, and she plays comedy incredibly well. I said, ‘You’ve just really got to go for it with Lynette’. She said, ‘Great!’ She’s from the South, Abby’s family is from the South, so she was able to really play that character very well. 

“That line that she has: ‘Let’s make America great again’ that was borne out of Trump not being president. Not even having the Republican ticket, actually being on the campaign trail. Our writers kept on hearing that awful mantra… and they said, ‘Wouldn’t that be fun to put that in the mouth of the mean girl of the school?’ So little did we know in 2015 when we were shooting the film that this very man was going to be the President of the United States. You couldn’t have made it up, it’s tragic.”

You can read my review of Freak Show here. It should be coming to VOD in the UK later this year.

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