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Breakthrough Jew - Joey King

This young star of big screen hits including 'Oz The Great and Powerful', 'Ramona and Beezus', and 'White House Down' is set to take Hollywood by storm.

By: Sarah Bauder
Published: September 26th, 2013 in Culture » Film » News
Joey King

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Name: Joey King

Age: 14

Hometown: Los Angeles

Breakthrough Cred: Lead role as Ramona Quimby, in 2010’s Ramona and Beezus, opposite Selena Gomez

It just a few short years, Joey King has amassed quite the filmography under her young belt. Barely in her teens now, King got her start in the business with a national spot for Life Cereal, at the tender age of 4. She has appeared in over 100 commercials, including national campaigns for the likes of Wal-Mart.


King became fascinated with filmmaking, after appearing as the titular character in the short, Grace. Evidently, the very first day of shooting, the young thespian had to pretend to drown in the ocean, and was hence, bitten by the “acting bug”. Small parts came along in films such as Adam Sandler’s Reign Over Me, voice-work in Horton Hears a Who! (Katie), and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (Beaver Girl), and television appearances in shows like Entourage, Ghost Whisperer, and CSI.

In 2010, along came a beloved childhood literary character: Ramona Quimby. King beat out a slew of young actresses, to win the lead role of Ramona in Ramona and Beezus, the adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s popular children’s series, opposite Selena Gomez.

“Actually, before I auditioned I had only read one of the books- Ramona Quimby, age 8. But then after I booked the part I read every single book and I loved every single one of them. And after I read them I was just so excited to play this character. Ramona and I are similar and different in some ways. Some of the things she does, I would do, and some I would just say “oh my gosh, I could never do that”. So it was really interesting to play her. She has a great personality and she’s just so cool,”King told My Entertainment World in 2012.

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