Eleven-year-old actress AnnaSophia Robb is making a career of starring in movies based on books. She’s starring as India Opal Buloni in the big-screen version of Because of Winn-Dixie, a story of a lovable dog who makes a big difference in a small Florida town.
Next up, she’ll play gum-chomping Violet Beauregarde opposite Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. To top it off, AnnaSophia was the title character in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, which is based on the American Girl doll and books.
When AnnaSophia isn’t in front of character, she loves gymnastics, swimming, animals, and of course, reading. Learn more about AnnaSophia here, including her favorite books, her little dog, and playing Opal in Because of Winn-Dixie.
RIF: What are your favorite books?
AnnaSophia Robb: I love the Harry Potter books. They are my favorite books. I thought they were great. I can’t wait for the next one! I don’t know if this is going to happen, but I think Sirius is going to come back to life. Even if it doesn’t happen, I still can’t wait.
I also like The Thief Lord and The Lord of the Rings. I’ve read a little bit of it. I’m going to start A Series of Unfortunate Events. I started reading them a long time ago and I think I was too young.
RIF: Do you read when you’re on location for a movie?
ASR: You always have to bring a book on set because there’s a lot of waiting around. They say five minutes and it’s usually 30 minutes.
RIF: Do you go to regular school when you’re not acting?
ASR: I’m home-schooled. It’s hard to keep up with school [with acting]. It’s a lot easier having your own curriculum. History is my favorite subject. I love the ancient Egyptians.
RIF: What was your favorite part about playing Opal?
ASR: I liked playing with the dog. And Opal is always so upbeat. She always tries to make a good thing out of something.
RIF: What was the dog that played Winn-Dixie like? Do you have a pet of your own?
ASR: There were actually five dogs, and they were Picardy shepherds. They’re a very loyal breed. They’re really sweet. One liked to play and jump around, and another one was really mellow.
I have a little dog named Bella Roux. She’s a mix of Maltese and poodle. We thought she was going to be 6-7 pounds, and she turned out to be 10. She’s skinny but she’s long.
RIF: What was it like to play Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory?
ASR: I liked the gum. It’s a lot of fun to be chewing gum every day. I got to be mean, and I never get to be mean in movies! It’s so much fun.
RIF: You’ve read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but have you read any other Roald Dahl books?
ASR: Not yet, but I’m supposed to squeeze them in. They sound really good from what I’ve heard.
RIF: Do your parents read aloud to you?
ASR: My dad always read The Lord of the Rings books. I tried, but they’re kind of hard. I like long books though, and they keep you going for a long time.