Donning sunglasses, Julia Roberts strides into the Kit Kittredge: An American Girl premiere alongside her sister, Lisa Gillen.
“I didn’t come alone, man!” executive producer Julia exclaims during the NYC premiere held at Ziegfeld Theater.
The Oscar winner caps off an evening that is all about the kids, as little girls – even a Girl Scout troop — flock to the venue clutching American Girl dolls.
Jada Pinkett Smith is here giving some love to daughter Willow, who stars in the kiddie flick.
“I’m good, I’m great,” Will Smith’s wife says.
Willow certainly knows how to work those flashes – she’s only 7, but she was born posing. The crowd goes wild when her brother Jaden, 9, opens his shirt. (It’s in the genes!)
Chris O’Donnell is accompanied by a gaggle of girls, including daughter Lily, who is schlepping two American Girl dolls to the screening.
The true star of the night, however, is Abigail Breslin, who says her favorite food is pizza. What would she miss most if she lived in the ‘30s, like her character, who grew up in the Great Depression? “Probably my phone and my computer,” she says.
After bonding over the game Concentration on set by day, costar Zach Mills says he joined Abigail, Madison Davenport and Willow Smith for dinner every night.
“One of us would suggest where to go. We had a lot of fun. I filmed it in Toronto, and right next to our hotel was this great Indian restaurant. I wish I lived in Toronto to go there now. And we went to sushi places too. Abigail picked an Italian restaurant called Bellini’s.”
What is Willow really like?
“She is a ball of sass, and I love it,” Madison tells me. “She’s like ‘mmhmm.’”
“She’s sweet. She’s not like ‘get me my sunglasses now.’ She’s very sweet.”
Costar Wallace Shawn seconds that thought.
“Abigail ignores the fact that she’s a famous movie star. If you talk with her, you would assume maybe she’s been invited on set for the day to play a small part, and tomorrow she’ll be back in school.”
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl is in theaters now.