The name you’re going to want to remember is pronounced: Kwah-VAHN-Jah-Nay.
Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis is the adorable little star who melted hearts at Sundance this year with Beasts of the Southern Wild, a dreamlike Dixieland fable about a swampland girl named Hushpuppy who faces down the apocalypse alongside her ailing daddy.
The movie won the festival’s Grand Jury Prize, and introduced its charismatic young actress to the world (and Oscar campaigning).
Here, in an article originally posted last January, is the tale of how she was cast.
For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for EW.com’s Best of 2012: Behind the Scenes coverage.
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