Abigail Breslin rocketed to stardom in 2006 in Little Miss Sunshine. Nearly a decade later, the native New Yorker, a professional actor since age 5, jumps from film to television with the campy fright-fest Scream Queens (co-created by American Horror Story and Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy) this fall. Breslin, 19, is an author as well -- her first book, This May Sound Crazy, debuts next month.
Q. You've grown up in the spotlight. What's it like dealing with the pressure in Hollywood?
A. It's destructive. The focus is more on what an actress looks like and what she wears to a premiere than what she did in the movie. But you can't focus on it too much. Don't check your phone or Twitter comments. Let it go. I have social-media-free days.
Q. Describe your health regimen.
A. I believe in doing everything in moderation. That's my thing. Deprive yourself of nothing. I'm allergic to gluten, which sounds like an actress-y thing to say, but I actually am. So I try to eat as healthy as I can. I also do a lot of [recumbent] cycling. And I love this 8 Minute Abs tape I do in my trailer, every single day. It works!
Q. Do you still have asthma flare-ups?
A. It's mostly an allergies thing. It's been better lately, but I still carry around my inhaler. Well, actually, I make my mom keep it in her bag anytime we go anywhere together!
Q. Your Tumblr blog, Mixtapes & Winter Coats, inspired you to write a book. It's got advice for teens, right?
A. I started blogging when I was 16. About my emotions, guys, and important things in life like that... I want [other teenagers who] read it to see you're not alone, even when you're wondering when it's OK to text your crush first, which is the most terrifying situation ever. I'd tell my 14-year-old self not to think guys are the most important thing in the world. I'd say that to my 17-year-old self, too!
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