Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I know you’ve been watching Scream Queens this fall, obvi. So you’ve seen the OG little miss sunshine Abigail Breslin in her role as sycophantic Chanel #5, one of the plastics of Kappa house, and devoted follower of Emma Roberts’ Chanel. What you might not know about this young indie queen though is that not only is she starring on the hottest show of the fall, she’s also a published author. Wait, what? Yes, our young Miss Breslin has just released a non-fiction YA book This May Sound Crazy, out on shelves as of October 6th. The book is a series of non-fiction personal essays in which Abigail (Abbie if you’re cool) details some of her own coming of age experiences–life, love, romance, and the absence thereof, and how all of that then plays out via texting and social media. Through her own personal accounts of dealing with romance and her own identity on social media, Abbie offers insight and sage advice on how the modern lady can efficiently navigate these murky (and often self-confidence destroying) waters from both the perspective of an average teen and a young person whose comings and goings are for better or worse public domain. YE was super duper lucky to get a bit of Abbie’s time to discuss her new book, Scream Queens, and her future as both an actress and an author.
When we asked Abbie about how she found herself in the role of “writer”and how social media came to be the subject matter of her essays, she cites the internet as both inspiration and exasperation. “I suppose I’ve sort of always been a writer, but my passion for it really resurfaced when I began my Tumblr blog. My Tumblr blog came from my desire to share my feelings about life and love with others (as my friends had become rather frustrated with all my complaining about boys). Reading people’s reactions and common experiences really spoke to me. I loved becoming a part of that community, and those first Tumblr essays are what brought about the idea for my book.”
Going more in depth about her own social media experiences, Abbie tells YE, “I feel like the internet can be a scary place, but also an exciting place. Sometimes it’s nice to escape to a more glamorous life on Instagram. But what I like about Tumblr is that it is very raw and real. Tumblr is where I escape to when I need to express what I’m feeling as a teenage girl, and not a celebrity.”
And by taking this social media adventure with Abbie, what does she hope her savvy readers take away from the stories she’s sharing? “I hope my readers realize that they are not alone in their awkwardness. Being a teenager in the digital age is HARD, and being famous doesn’t make it any easier. I want them to feel like they’re speaking to someone that they can identify with. My take away has been that I, too, am not alone. The responses I’ve received on Tumblr have meant so much to me and have comforted me in the midst of the most gut-wrenching breakups! There is absolutely some catharsis in being open about your fears and heartbreaks. It’s always fun to be publicly awkward…right?!”
Absolutely!!! And given that notion of getting all the awkwardness out in the open, does Abbie have immediate plans to share any more of her personal stories in print any time soon? “Completing this book was quite a process! I had no idea I’d have to edit it all!! Haha, I sent it out to my editor and was like ‘Okay, all done!’ And they were like ‘Thanks, we’ll send back notes’…What?! I’m sure that I see myself writing another book down the road, but for the moment, I am going to relish in the success of completing the first one!”
And speaking of success, let’s talk about Scream Queens! We at YE wanted to know, like, everything. Does Chanel #5 have a real name? A family, a backstory? Or was she hatched in a cabbage patch somewhere with the sole purpose of being minion to Chanel forever? Will she ever defy the great and powerful wicked witch of Kappa house? Tell us the SCOOP already?!?! “I wish I could give you some scoop! I wish I HAD some scoop. Ryan is very smart about leaving us in the dark–I don’t think he trusts us with his big secrets!”
Speaking of Ryan Murphy, the creative force behind Scream Queens, Glee, and American Horror Story, one scoop we had to absolutely get was…what’s it like working for Ryan Murphy? “Amazing! The second I was told that Ryan wanted to have a meeting with me I was like ‘Whatever it is, I’ll do it!’ And they were like ‘Ummm…he hasn’t offered you anything’… I guess I got a tad overzealous, but the second I got the call, it was a done deal!”
And what about that crazy talented cast?!? “The cast is incredible. I guess the whole world now knows that I had a crush on Nick Jonas as a kid (duh), so seeing him on set was a particularly fun way for me to embarrass myself! He came into the room just as I was prying my nose ring out… Like, ‘Real cute, Abbie.’ And of course, Jamie Lee Curtis is a queen. She is the zen amidst a group of hormonal young females. We just love her.”
As you might know, before Scream Queens, Abbie was a child actor, and one with a pretty impressive resume. At only 19 now, she’s already built up a pretty solid legacy acting in memorable indie films sure to stand the test of time. Many of her films like Zombieland are cult hits, films that have a very ardent and loyal fan base. We asked Miss Breslin about already having such a legacy before being able to drink legally. Is there a pressure that accompanies early success? But ever the gracious and poised (bad ass) girl next door, if Abbie is feeling any pressure, she certainly didn’t show it. “I’ve sort of always lived my life in this business (or at least as much of it as I can remember), so I don’t really know the world any other way. And I am so thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve been given and all of the incredible costars I’ve had the opportunity to work with. I love being involved in cult films, because they tend to be my personal favorites to watch!”
And what about those ever-present Zombieland sequel rumors? “I haven’t heard anything about a sequel, but I definitely wouldn’t hate it!”
Well, darn. If not Zombieland Forever, what is up next from this versatile and thoughtful young multi-talent? More Kappa Kappa Tau in this blondie’s future? “Hopefully more Scream Queens!!! We’ll see if Chanel #5 survives this season, let alone next! I have some other projects coming up that I can’t really speak about at the moment, but get excited, Squad!”
It’s nice to see that everyone sets new goals to strive for, even someone as successful as Little Miss Sunshine! Congrats on everything, Abbie!!!