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Meet Quvenzhané Wallis AKA Hushpuppy—The Star Of Beasts of The Southern Wild

If you are able to stop an auroch in his tracks, you must be a force to be reckoned with. Sure, sure aurochs aren’t real, but if they were we would definitely want Quvenzhané Wallis on our side. The feisty ingenue from Benh Zeitlin and Court 13‘s film Beasts of the Southern WIld is on many people’s Oscar shortlists and is already exhibiting the composure of a trained professional. In this exclusive video (above), we caught up with the actress as well as the film’s producer Michael Gottwald and director Benh Zeitlin to discuss the casting process and working on set.

Don’t let the newly-straightened hair and neat clothes fool you, Wallis is as much Hushpuppy as ever. And she’s been cultivating the character since her audition, where she refused to throw a teddy bear when Zeitlin told her to, saying “It’s not right!” She does have one difference from her onscreen alter ego, though. Wallis cringes when asked to reminisce about all the dirt and mud on set, looking off and saying “I don’t even like to look back on those days.” Meryl Streep couldn’t have said it more graciously.

Check out our other exclusive behind-the-scenes videos on Beasts of the Southern Wild below.

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