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"Sophie Nélisse steals 'The Book Thief.'

That's what USA Today says about the 13-year-old who plays the title role in this movie.  She won the job after a worldwide search.  (Actually, she was only 12 when she got the role; she turned 13 just as filming began last March.)

"There were so many big actors (already cast) I thought they'd say, 'Oh, she's not very good.' " says the young French-Canadian actress. "But after the first week they found that I was not that bad."

Her Oscar-winning co-star Geoffrey Rush can't seem to stop raving about her.  "I've had the opportunity in my career to have played opposite some extraordinary actresses and Sophie is just a true, natural original," says Rush. "She's a gifted performer who has an instinctive and highly creative rapport with the lens."

"She is an absolutely hilarious clown," Rush adds. "In between takes she would have me rolling on the floor laughing my (butt) off. There were some tough scenes to do, but she would always prick the bubble after and make me laugh."

Sophie Nélisse joins Steve Edwards and Araksya Karapetyan on Good Day LA

Fun facts about Sophie (Source: Wikipedia)

Sophie is a Canadian child actress, best known for her Genie Award-winning performance in Monsieur Lazhar. She also went on to win the Jutra award for her performance as well as earning a Young Artist Award nomination as Best Leading Young Actress in an International Feature Film. She also had roles in the film Ésimésac and in a Quebec sitcom called Les Parents. She will portray Liesel Meminger in the upcoming film version of the best selling novel; The Book Thief, set to release on November 15, 2013. her sister is actress Isabelle Nelisse.

‘The Book Thief' opens in theaters Friday, November 8th.

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