For actress Joey King, age 10, playing beloved kidlit character Ramona Quimby opposite Selena Gomez in “Ramona and Beezus” had less to do with acting than simply feeling the role. It was King’s intuitive approach to the character — a misunderstood girl whose overactive imagination frequently gets her in trouble — that impressed director Liz Allen while working with the young up-and-comer.
“She’s so honest. Her performance hasn’t built up any barriers,” Allen says of King, who has racked up more than 15 film and television credits over the past three years. “Some adults get intimidated because she’s so raw and real. I truly believe she can do anything,” Allen continues. “She’s only 10 and can improv, do any accent and cry completely on cue.”
After starting her career in commercials at just 4 years old, King experimented with a variety of different roles, from guest spots on television (including “CSI” and “Entourage”) to animated features (she played a beaver girl in “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and a baby yak in “Horton Hears a Who”).
King follows her turn in “Ramona and Beezus” with the UFO-standoff thriller “Battle: Los Angeles,” set for release in 2011.