Sophie Nelisse Talks About Her The Book Thief Role and What Keeps Her Grounded

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a brunch with actress Sophie Nelisse, as well as some fellow bloggers at Norma’s at The Parker Meridian. During the brunch, Nelisse talked about her role in The Book Thief, how she prepared for the role and what her future aspirations are.

The Book Thief follows Liesel (Nelisse), a young girl who, while subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, Liesel, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

“I watched Schindler’s List, The Pianist, The Reader, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Life is Beautiful. In Berlin, I went to some museums and I visited some bomb shelters,” said Nelisse. ”

In addition to that, Nelisse took two weeks of German lessons to get her accent just right.

Nelisse worked with various great actors in The Book Thief, including Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. She also hopes to work with other greats in the future.

“I would love to work with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Leonardo Dicaprio and Johnny Depp,” she said. “As far as directors, I would love to would have loved to work with Alfred Hitchcock, Ben Affleck, Martin Scorsese.”

Although she’s making a name for herself in Hollywood, Nelisse still manages to stay grounded.

“I don’t really like Hollywood, it’s a completely different world,” Nelisse said. “It’s fun to live there for a month, but people are crazy around there. All the paparazzi don’t care about your personal space.”

The Book Thief is out now on Blu-ray and DVD!

Edited: March 11th, 2014