She's ready for her close-up! Abigail Breslin has come a long way since making her big-screen debut at age 5 in the M. Night Shymalan movie Signs. Case in point? These racy new pictures of the Academy Award-nominated actress posing topless for celeb photographer Tyler Shields, who directed her in the upcoming action/thriller Final Girl.
In one photo from the shoot, the 17-year-old star sucks on a bright red lollipop while staring sultrily into the camera and covering her bare chest with a white sheet. In another, she sits mostly submerged in a bubble bath, her eyes rimmed with smudged black eyeliner.
"Abigail wanted to do something new, something iconic," Shields, author of The Dirty Side of Glamour, tells Us Weekly. "People see her as innocent, but everyone grows up. After we made Final Girl together, we had a great relationship and it was easy to do this. She trusts me."
He adds that they endured a lot together on set. "I don't know if she gets nervous after the hell I put her through making the movie!" he jokes. "She was great about it. She's an incredible actress!"
Her resume certainly supports that claim. Since earning an Oscar nomination at age 9 for Little Miss Sunshine, Breslin has gone on to star in movies including Definitely, Maybe, New Year's Eve, and Ender's Game. She also appears in the upcoming movie adaptation of August: Osage County, alongside Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and other A-list actors.
"I wish I had some great story about the struggle of moving into the more adult roles, but I actually didn't," she said in an interview with ABC News in October. "I didn't have a big struggle with it at all. It's been pretty natural, the transition into the teen and adult realm."
It didn't just happen overnight, either. Though it seems as if Breslin has grown up fast, she's been in the business since she was 3 years old, and she's thinking now about if and where she wants to go to college.
"My favorite thing in the world that me and my friends talk about is that I've been all grown up for about three years now," she joked to ABC. "Every single time I'm photographed anywhere, the headline is 'All Grown Up.' It's been about three years. I'm like, 'Okay, yeah, I'm all grown up.'"
Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!