Abigail Breslin on Rango and childhood stardom

Mar 2, 2011 at 7:12 p.m. ET

Abigail Breslin thinks her character in Rango, starring Johnny Depp, is incredibly cute. We would concur. Her mouse is quiet, but can be fierce when called upon.

In Rango, Johnny Depp portrays the title character -- a lizard who waltzes into a small desert town in dire need of a hero. Abigail Breslin is part of a stellar cast that includes Bill Nighy and Isla Fisher and the young star adored the experience of making Rango for director Gore Verbinski.

Abigail Breslin in Rango

Breslin sat down for an exclusive chat with SheKnows to discuss Rango and some of the other fantastic stars she's worked with in the past.

Abigail Breslin speaks!

SheKnows: I want to start by asking, this movie doesn't look like any I've ever seen. What's your take on the look of this film?

Abigail Breslin: I thought it was great. You know, I've actually driven cross-country before so it's really crazy because that's exactly what that part of the country was. The graphics are absolutely amazing. You can actually see the scales like one-by-one on the creatures. It's really amazing how they did it. Amazing.

SheKnows: It is, I almost had to remind myself that I was watching something that was animated.

Abigail Breslin: Exactly! It totally looks like the real animals [laughs].

SheKnows: What was it like working with Gore Verbinski? Was it just you two in a recording studio?

Gore Verbinski leads his cast on the Rango set

Abigail Breslin: No, we actually filmed it like a play, so we were all together. We got to play off of each other, which was really great. Working with Gore was great. He's a really nice guy but he's also a great director. He's very specific about what he wants but he also lets you experiment which is really great.

In Rango, the Mouse has it

SheKnows: What do you like most about your character? She's as sweet as can be.

Abigail Breslin: She's a very morbid, tough, little mouse-child and she was a lot of fun to play. I first saw a sketch of her and thought she was just outstandingly beautiful. But she's also got this very bizarre personality so she's a lot of fun to play.

Abigail Breslin stars as a mouse in Rango

SheKnows: When you read the script, what struck you most about the actual story of Rango?

Abigail Breslin: You know, I think it's just a great story. There are a lot of parts that are really funny and a lot of parts that are kind of scary.

SheKnows: And do you think there are any lessons per se to be taken away from the film?

Abigail Breslin: There are a lot of messages and I think that everybody will take away a different message from it. The obvious message is trying to preserve your natural resources, there's also working together. My character, she just wants to be a little more trusting of people. She sort of doesn't want to believe in Rango but she wants to and just this sort of having to believe in something and believe in yourself too.

Abigail & the actresses she admires

SheKnows: I wanted to ask you about certain actresses you've worked with, some of my favorite actresses. First, what was it like to work with Catherine Zeta-Jones in No Reservations?

Abigail Breslin: She was great. I had such a fun time making that movie, I have to say. She's really very nice. She was so sweet and obviously an amazing actor.

Johnny Depp is Rango with Abigail Breslin as mouse

SheKnows: And Jodie Foster was a child actor too, what did you take away from her on the set of Nim's Island? She has worked behind the camera, in front of the camera and done a lot of great things.

Abigail Breslin: She's awesome. I think that just by watching those types of actors that are so amazing, you learn just by watching them, so that was great.

SheKnows: And Cameron Diaz, we actually caught up on My Sister's Keeperand had an interview with her. The chemistry you guys had was amazing too. I was just curious what it was like to work with her.

Abigail Breslin: She's awesome too. She's so energetic and she's so much fun. It was such a hard movie to make because of the subject matter and she was really great to work with. She would make us, the cast, lunch in her trailer every day. We had to do a scene where she has to yell at me and she made me chili cheese fries afterwards. Yeah, she's pretty cool.

Abigail celebrates New Year's Eve

SheKnows: Is it true you're filming New Year's Evewith that enormous cast?

Abigail Breslin: Yes, I am.

SheKnows: How that's going?

Abigail Breslin: It's an amazing cast. We actually don't start filming until March so I'm very excited to start working on it. I've worked with Garry Marshall. This is my second movie I've done with him. So I'm very excited to work with him again.

Johnny Depp and Abigail Breslin in Rango

SheKnows: I noticed you've done a lot of TV and obviously a lot of movies. Is there a difference in how you prepare for it?

Abigail Breslin: Well, movies and TV are not too different. The thing with TV is that especially like an hour-long drama, it is very fast-paced. With both you have a beginning, middle, and an end and you have to sort of get to all of those points. So making a movie, I don't think I prepare any differently.

SheKnows: You mentioned you liked to play video games. Do you have a few favorites?

Abigail Breslin: Well not video games, but online games. Like car games...car racing. I like strategy games too. Of my favorites -- well there's Amazing Race, it's not too complex. I just finished it in the summer. I finished all the levels. It took me three years to master it.

SheKnows: What kind of music are you into?

Abigail Breslin: I like Regina Spektor and Ingrid Michaelson. Actually, I just recorded a song. Me and my best friend wrote and recorded a song.

SheKnows: Are we going to hear that anytime soon or did you just do it for yourselves?

Abigail Breslin: Hopefully, hopefully. I hope so.