Abigail Breslin on bonding with Sarah Jessica Parker in 'New Year's Eve'
Abigail Breslin portrays Sarah Jessica Parker's rebelling daughter in "New Year's Eve," but the 15-year-old actress said their off-screen interaction wasn't as high-stress.
"She's great, so much fun, so sweet," Breslin told OnTheRedCarpet.com of her co-star. "We kind of ended up bonding over 'American Idol.' It was kind of the big thing, but she's really sweet. It was a blast."
In "New Year's Eve," Breslin's character Hailey is desperate to celebrate the holiday in Times Square with her friends and a certain boy, much to Sarah Jessica Parker's character's dismay. The film shows Breslin's first on-screen kiss. She locks lips with "Wizards of Waverly Place" star Jake T. Austin.
"It was very professional. There were a lot of breath mints on set," Breslin told the Hollywood Reporter of the kiss.
"New Year's Eve" boasts a star-packed cast that includes the likes of Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Josh Duhamel, Alyssa Milano, Sofía Vergara, Seth Meyers and Robert De Niro.
"New Year's Eve" is directed by "Valentine's Day" director Garry Marshall and the scripts of both films were penned or co-written by Katherine Fugate. "New Year's Eve" also pairs up other well-known stars. Bon Jovi plays the ex-boyfriend of Katherine Heigl, while Zac Efron portrays the love interest of his former "Hairspray" co-star Michelle Pfeiffer.
"I think just, I feel really lucky to have been a part of it and to work with Garry Marshall again," Breslin told OnTheRedCarpet.com of the experience. "I've worked with him three times and you know, it's all the different story lines and I think that somebody can relate to one of them. I found myself, when you're filming it, you're focused on your little piece of the puzzle, but watching it, I was getting so involved in everyone else's story lines. It was really cool."
Breslin has previously appeared in Marshall's films, "Raising Helen" and "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement."
Despite being a native New Yorker (or perhaps because she knows better as a native) Breslin doesn't plan on braving Times Square to bring in the new year.
"I kind of just do the same thing every New Years, where I just hang out with my family, watch movies, eat, watch the ball drop and go to bed. So, pretty simple, but still fun," Breslin said. "New York and Times Square on New Year's Eve is just such an iconic thing. So I think that's kind of what people think of when they think of New Year's Eve -- is the ball dropping and Times Square. It's definitely a celebration of New York, this movie, and it kind of shows it in a really cool light, and you know, that's one of the things I liked, especially since I'm from New York and live there."
The young actress recently finished filming "The Class Project," which the actress is especially proud of for her musical contribution. The film also stars her older brother, "The Kid" star Spencer Breslin.
"I just finished a movie called 'The Class Project' and that's a really dark, different movie for me and I'm working with my band Cabb a lot and we actually have a song in that movie, so it's very exciting."
Breslin is best known for her role as the eccentric pint-sized beauty contestant Olive Hoover in "Little Miss Sunshine." She has also appeared in films like "No Reservations," "Definitely, Maybe," "Nim's Island," "My Sister's Keeper," "Zombieland" and "Janie Jones."
"New Year's Eve" opens in theaters on December 9, 2011. Watch the trailer below.
Additional reporting by Jacob Burch of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).