A few years ago, fourth-grader Millicent Simmonds read Brian Selznick's 'Wonderstruck,' a story about a deaf girl who runs away to New York City in 1927 to meet her silent-film heroine.
Millicent loved the book, and was sure Selznick had to be deaf, since the book showed such a deep understanding of deaf culture.
She was astonished to find out that he wasn't -- and perhaps even more surprised when her school's drama teacher encouraged her to audition for the lead role in the movie adaptation of the book.
Millicent had no formal training, and her experience was limited to school productions. But she had just the qualities director Todd Haynes was looking for. At 14, she's now a star.
In the video above, she tells how it all happened.