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Abigail Breslin talks 'Scream Queens' and her transition to TV

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ABIGAIL BRESLIN
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While details remain scarce, the cast for Ryan Murphy’s upcoming comedy-horror anthology series Scream Queens is starting to fill out nicely. Among the new cast members announced at Saturday’s Television Critic’s Association’s winter press event, was former child star Abigail Breslin of Little Miss Sunshine fame making her television debut.

“I like the idea of a weekly thing, seeing characters change,” says Breslin about her decision to make Scream Queens her first TV project. “And American Horror Story is my favorite show of all time. It was kind of the perfect situation.”

With her first film role at age 5 (playing Mel Gibson’s daughter in Signs), Breslin has focused on movies her whole career, most recently starring in the Oscar-nominated August: Osage County and Ender’s Game, along with a few brief ventures into theater (and, later, music), but TV hasn’t been on her resume until now.

“Film is always going to be my first passion. I love making movies. But I feel like TV is so much where it’s at right now. The quality of TV that you have right now—it’s almost on the same level as movies, if not better,” says Breslin. She also noted Scream Queens “amazing” big-name cast—Breslin joins Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello, Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Jamie Lee Curtis, and guest star Ariana Grande—although she couldn’t say which of them she’d be working with.

We still don’t know much about the first season of Scream Queens, and while Breslin declined to divulge any plot details, she did offer one hint:

“Every character that I’ve played,” says Breslin, “this is the complete opposite.”

Maybe she’s the villain! That would definitely be a swerve.

Scream Queens begins production this Spring, and will premiere Fall 2015 on Fox.

 

 

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