‘Rango’ star Abigail Breslin

She may play a mouse in the movie Rango, out Friday, but Abigail Breslin has grown up before our eyes.

The actress, 14, was in town to promote the animated movie a few weeks ago and looked nothing like the chubby beauty pageant wannabe in Little Miss Sunshine. Glasses were gone, hair was long and styled, the cheekbones are out and sculpted. Baby fat, be gone!

The New York native is now in full-on teen mode, going toe to toe with Johnny Depp. The Pirates of the Caribbean hunk plays the lead character, a pet lizard who gets lost and ends up as mayor of a small town inhabited by desert animals.

Channeling a rodent wasn’t too hard, but Breslin did want to make Priscilla unique.

“She’s very dry, very morbid,’’ she says. “She’s cute but strange inside.’’

The only real prep Abigail did was to learn a Southern accent.

“It’s not what you expect to come out of her little body,’’ she notes.

For someone who’s not even legal, Abigail has been working steadily for the last 11 years. Her first film role was at age 3 in the thriller Signs. She’s since appeared with A-listers in Definitely, Maybe with Ryan Reynolds, No Reservations with Catherine Zeta Jones and the tragic My Sister’s Keeper with Cameron Diaz.

But teenagers know her more for recent roles like Zombieland.

Hanging with bold-faced names is no biggie. Like Depp, for example.

“He’s such a nice, nice guy,’’ she says of the actor. “And everyone on the set was in such a good mood all the time because it’s such a funny film.’’

Madeleine Marr


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