Abigail Breslin is like a “70 year old” woman. “My Sister’s Keeper” director Nick Cassavetes says he had no problems with casting the 12-year-old actress in his new movie because he was so impressed by her maturity.

He said, “The auditioning of children is an empty experience because some kids are very well prepared for auditions and aren’t particularly good actors, and some are really great actors that have certain problems with auditioning. Casting children, it’s harder, not because they can’t talk eloquently about their part, it’s that they don’t have the body of work to support your absolute belief in them.

“With Abigail, that wasn’t the case. I’d seen her work. She’s a 70-year-old woman in a 12-year-old’s body. She’s so soulful and so gets it. I find myself trying to catch up to her intellectually, as opposed to dragging her along. There’s something very, very special and still and knowing and nurturing about Abigail Breslin. So, when she said she wanted to play the part, I was like, ‘Okay, we’ve got her. Good. That’s my girl.'”