ABIGAIL BRESLIN (Maya Hayes) is one of the most versatile, charismatic and
sought-after actors of her young generation. A talented and engaging performer, she had
the enviable role of playing leading lady to Mel Gibson—at the tender age of five.
Since starring opposite Gibson in M. Night Shyamalan's 2002 film Signs, Abigail
has been able to use her unique talents to do both comedy and drama as well as quirky
and unusual roles.
Most memorable is her role in the critically acclaimed Little Miss Sunshine,
the irreverent, antic comedy that created a sensation at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
Abigail plays Olive, the ambitious young girl who is obsessed with winning a beauty
pageant, with guileless wisdom, combined with a klutziness edged with grace. For her
performance, Abigail received a Best Actress Award from the Tokyo International Film
Festival and was nominated for Academy AwardÂ®, SAG and BAFTA Best Supporting
Abigail also made impressions for her performance in Raising Helen for director
Garry Marshall, in which she starred opposite Kate Hudson as well as her older brother,
actor Spencer Breslin. She was recently seen in the independent drama Keane, directed
by Lodge Kerrigan and produced by Steven Soderbergh; The Ultimate Gift, co-starring
James Garner; and had a surprise role as a perky Elf in The Santa Claus 3: The Escape
Clause. Abigail also co-starred with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart in Warner
Bros.' No Reservations.
On television, Abigail has had guest roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,
Navy NCIS, What I Like About You and Grey's Anatomy.
Abigail recently finished filming the title role in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl
and Nim's Island, opposite Jodie Foster.
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