I was so, just, ecstatic,” AnnaSophia Robb says, recalling the moment a few years back when she found out she’d won her first professional part. “It was a McDonald’s commercial for Bratz,” explains the thirteen-year-old. “Those dolls with the tiny bodies and the big heads—and I was so excited. I don’t think I’ve been as excited about a role since. Which is ironic,” she adds.
Ironic, indeed, because AnnaSophia has had quite a lot to get excited about lately. She says she has wanted to act ever since she was a little girl, and acquired an agent at the age of eight because she heard “that’s how actors get started.” Soon enough, her hard work began to pay off: She scored the role of spoiled Violet Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and played sweet Opal in Because of Winn-Dixie. But this year could be her true breakout year, when AnnaSophia stars opposite Hilary Swank in the thriller The Reaping, along with two highly anticipated indies—Ferris Wheel, with Charlize Theron, and West Texas Children’s Story.
But even with her success, AnnaSophia still lives a normal life (that is, when she’s not working) in Denver, Colorado. Like many teens, a fresh-faced look is her preferred style. “I like lip gloss that’s not too dark,” says the soon-to-be starlet, “with a little shimmer and a tiny bit of tint, and if I’m looking pale, I’ll put on some blush.” At premieres, she doesn’t like to go overboard; she’s not anti-glamour by any means, but glamour’s not why she got into acting. “I think a lot of girls want to be movie stars,” muses AnnaSophia. “For me, it was different. Acting is something I’m really passionate about.”
– Lauren Waterman