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Jodie Foster: Abigail Breslin's "Born to Be an Actress"

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Mar. 31 2008, Published 8:12 a.m. ET

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Since she’s a former child star, it’s easy to assume Jodie Foster would share some words of wisdom with a current young starlet, Abigail Breslin, her co-star in Nim’s Island. However, the double Oscar winner tells OK! there was absolutely no need to lend Abigail a helping hand.

“She's different in that in some ways I think that she's a deeper actress than I was at that age,” Jodie tells OK! at film’s premiere. “She has an access to a well of emotions that I wasn't aware of at that age. She was born to be an actress. I learned as time went on.”

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Abigail, who plans on celebrating her 12th birthday on April 14 in Disneyland, confirms Jodie didn’t give her any direct advice, but that doesn’t mean Little Miss Sunshine herself didn’t learn a thing or two from Jodie.

“Just watching her, you're learning from her,” Abigail tells OK!. “It was just really cool.”

Nim’s Island, which opens Friday, is an adventure-fantasy film about a young girl (Abigail) who lives on an island with her father and communicates with the author of the novel she's reading. It’s Jodie’s first children-friendly film in a while, which she is happy about as her children, Charles, 9, and Kit, 6, can see it.

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“I really wanted to show a lighter side of myself," she says. "I'd been looking for 15 years, searching for a movie that had a lighter hand. My kids have never seen a movie of mine. This will be the first time. It's their first premiere too!”

By David Lasky

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