Before joining the cast of Soul Surfer (in theaters April 8), Lorraine Nicholson sought some A-list acting advice from her dad, Jack Nicholson.
"He's my mentor," she told UsMagazine.com at Wednesday's L.A. premiere. "I'm going into the family business because we're so close and he's such an inspiration. I admire him so much."
Still, the 20-year-old actress takes what her Oscar-winning father says with a grain of salt.
"My grandma always told my father, 'Don't toot your own horn,' which in Nicholson speak means, 'Be modest and let your work speak for yourself,'" she said. "That's sort of what I applied to not only my acting work, but my every day work."
That mentality came in handy when she learned she'd be starring opposite Helen Hunt, Dennis Quaid, Carrie Underwood and AnnaSophia Robb in the TriStar film, based on Bethany Hamilton's 2004 autobiography, Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board.
"Being a part of this film was like being part of a huge family," Nicholson -- who's currently a full-time student at Brown University -- told Us. "They're probably the nicest group of people I will probably ever meet in my life, and I felt so lucky and blessed to be a part of it."