Magazine article Variety

Sophie NELISSE

Magazine article Variety

Sophie NELISSE

Article excerpt

Teenage Canadian actress got advice from granddad in prepping for The Book Thief"

CLAIM TO FAME

The Canadian actress - who was 12 years old at the time - won a Genie Award, the equivalent of a Canadian Oscar, for her performance in French-language drama "Monsieur Lazhar."

FAMILY BUSINESS

Nelisse started acting to pay for gymnastics lessons, but it turned out she was a natural actress. Seems talent runs in her family: Her 9-yearold sister, Isabelle, is also an actress in film and TV, and Sophie says that playing coach is a part of her big-sister duties. "(Isabelle) doesn't really like it, but I love (telling) her, 'Oh, try this!'" Sophie laughed. "It makes me learn at the same time, by watching her."

GRACE UNDER PRESSURE

"The Book Thief," in which Nelisse plays a Jewish child being sheltered by adoptive parents in WWII Germany, premiered Nov. 8. The pic is already earning her national attention, including a Spotlight kudo at this year's Hollywood Film Awards. …

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