“Math was so much easier in eighth grade,” says Breslin, who, at 14, is both struggling through Algebra 1 and serving as the unofficial grande dame of adolescent actresses. Since her breakout role in 2002’s Signs, the New York native has appeared in more than a dozen films. She received an Oscar nomination for her supporting role as a stripteasing beauty contestant in Little Miss Sunshine, shot at the undead in Zombieland, and, most recently, landed her first singing role in Janie Jones, about a girl who reunites with her rock-star father, played by Alessandro Nivola. Despite her sizable filmography, “we try to keep things normal,” promises her mother, Kim Breslin, one of whose two sons, Spencer, is also an actor. “That means waiting in line for 35 minutes at Whole Foods, where no one cares if you’ve made a movie.”
Breslin wears Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti’s stretch cotton poplin dress.
Photograph: Rineke Dijkstra