Little 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Star Brings Big Personality to 'GMA'

Quvenzhane Wallis yucks it up with George Stephanopoulos while discussing her historic Oscar nod.
3:00 | 02/15/13

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Transcript for Little 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' Star Brings Big Personality to 'GMA'
We're count down to oscar sunday with quvenzhane wallis. She auditioned for her first acting job at 5. And now, at the ripe age of 9, the youngest nominee in oscar history. You were doing something sensible when you were nominated. You were sound asleep. Yes. My mom had to wake me up. And I was half-asleep because it was like 5:45 in the morning. She wakes me up. Tells me I'm nominated. Half-asleep. And I was watching a name scroll on the screen. But on the inside, I was doing flips that I never could do before. I'll bet you were. And you've got to tell me this story. You weren't even old enough to audition. It was supposed to be 6-year-olds. You were only 5. How did you manage that? My mom called and said they had auditions for 6 to 9-year-olds. And I was only 5. She is not old enough. My mom said, I think she can handle it. So, it just all went through that way. And just -- and you beat out thousands of little girls. And got the part. We want to show a little bit of it right here, where you're in a scene with your dad, wink and you're arm wrestling. Take a look. Come on. Come on. Come on. take my hand. You're the man. Who the man? I'm the man. Yeah, you the man. Who the man? I'm the man. You got the guns, huh? You even crack yourself up. The director said you actually helped pick your own dad in the movie. How did that come out? We -- they had two other men before dwight. And we played together. And we tried to do a few scenes together. And just couldn't, like, fit together with them. So, we actually had to go to another man. And then, just ended up getting like that. And we went to another man. And that was dwight. And he came with bags. And it came with doughnuts. He knows the way to your heart. And he said his trick is to bring either toys or treats from his bakery. And he came with two bags, with a big smile. Put them on the table and gave it to me. I opened up the bag. I thought it was one of those box tricks, when you open it and it's like a small charm. I opened the box. And all I see is doughnuts, brownies, cupcakes. I turned around. And did like this -- that's my dad. Yeah. But we still had to, like, do a few things together. Are you having fun with all this? I mean, getting all this attention? Winning all these awards. Has it been great? It's been awesome. I love it. That's good. Good luck at the oscars. I just have to ask -- I love your outfit. My girls are going to be very envio envious, especially of that little bag. Do you want to be an actress when you grow up? Of course. It's something fun. And I get to come on "good morning america." And stuff like that. Well, you made our morning. You made our week. Good luck at the oscars. Great to have you here.

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