QU­VEN­ZHANÉ WAL­LIS

The Louisiana-born star, 9, is up for Best Ac­tress for her role in the fan­tasy drama Beasts of the South­ern Wild.

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - PERSONALITY -

You’re the youngest Best Ac­tress nom­i­nee in his­tory. What does that mean to you?

It’s ex­cit­ing. Ev­ery­body’s proud, and that makes me proud. I had to learn what it was. I kept ask­ing, “Who’s Os­car?” If I win, I have a spe­cial place for it on top of a book­shelf in my room.

What do you like most about act­ing? [She will next ap­pear in the his­tor­i­cal drama Twelve Years a Slave.]

Ev­ery­thing. You meet dif­fer­ent peo­ple and see new places. I had never acted be­fore. I was ner­vous, but I got used to it.

Your name [pro­nounced Kwe-VEN-zhah-nay] is so unique. What does it mean?

“Qu­ven” is a com­bi­na­tion of my par­ents’ first names, and “zhané” means “fairy” in Swahili. I like to hear peo­ple try to say it—it’s kind of funny when they get it wrong! Send ques­tions to per­son­al­ity@pa­rade.com or P.O. Box 5001, Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion, New York, N.Y. 10163-5001.

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