Quvenzhane Wallis is already a legend in the making. The nine-year old star of the movie “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is now officially the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. The little girl plays Hushpuppy, a strong character who leaves an even stronger impression on those who see the film.
Wallis attends Honduras Elementary School in Houma, Louisiana. She has three siblings and is the pride of her parents, Venjie Sr. and Qulyndreia Wallis.
Wallis was cast for the role in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” at the age of five, which meant that she lied about her age. The minimum age for potential actors was six, but her talent was strong enough to beat out all of the older children. Over 4,000 kids tried for the part of Hushpuppy and she was the winner.
Director Benh Zeitlin told ‘The Daily Beast’ that he actually changed the script to fit her personality, since she was so talented.
The Zhané part of her name means “fairy” in Swahili. In case you don’t know, you pronounce her name, ”Qui-ven-ZHEN-ay”. But pretty soon, the whole world is going to know how to pronounce her name, since this little girl is a certified superstar.