Quvenzhané Wallis is an American actress. Wallis was born in Houma, Louisiana, to Qulyndreia Wallis, a teacher, and Venjie Wallis, Sr., a truck driver. She has two brothers, Vejon and Venjie, Jr.. “Quven”, the first part of her name, combines the first syllables of her parents’ first names. She is known for her role as Hushpuppy in the drama film Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), for which she became the youngest actress ever and the first person born in the 21st century to receive a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Wallis, at age five, lied about her age to audition for her very first acting job, the starring role in Beasts of the Southern Wild, because the minimum age to be considered was six. She eventually beat out 4,000 others for the role of Hushpuppy, the indomitable child prodigy and survivalist who lives with her dying father in the backwoods bayou squalor of Louisiana. In May 2014, Wallis was named the face of Armani Junior, Giorgio Armani’s line for children and teens. This makes her the first major child celebrity to be the face of a luxury brand.