Quvenzhane Wallis is a true animal lover. After being nominated for an Oscar for her role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, the young actress was spotted at various events with her beloved puppy purse. That was the first hint.Today, the 11-year-old, who owns two dogs, says she wants to be a veterinarian one day, and has just written the forward to a new children’s book, My Very, Very Busy Day, all about the responsibilities of being a good pet owner.
The young actress wants to encourage children to take care of their pets, “they’re, of course, your best friend,” she explained.
This Christmas you can catch Quvenzhane on the big-screen as Annie, in an adaptation of the popular classic. By her side will be Marti, a rescue dog who landed the al-too-important role of Sandy, Annie’s canine sidekick. “She’s really cute” Quvenzhane assured. The film has an all-star cast, notably casting Quvenzhane and Jamie Foxx in the lead roles, making it the first version of the tale to feature black protagonists. It is a role for which the young star hopes to land herself another Oscar nomination. When asked she said, “of course, and yes!”
My Very, Very Busy Day has just been released by Banfield Pet Hospital, and all proceeds will go to animals in need. While recently promoting the book, Quvenzhane spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about her wonderful experiences shooting Annie. On rising to stardom, Quvenzhane said that success is all about following your dreams. She went on, “Stay confident and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it because, trust me, you can. Look at me!”