Abigail Breslin through the years: From child star to fearless woman at 22

Abigail Breslin has had a blink-and-you-missed it transformation from child star to the lovely, empowered young woman she is today.

Older audiences know Abigail from her breakout roles in the early aughts: She was just three years old when she snagged a spot in M. Night Shamalan's "Signs," and after that came blockbusters like "Raising Helen" and "Little Miss Sunshine."

Now 22 years old, Abigail continues to book starring roles -- like last year's lead in "Dirty Dancing" -- but she's more passionate about lending her voice to girls' empowerment initiatives. And who wouldn't love that?

First, take a look at Abigail in her younger years:

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Abigail Breslin through the years
Abigail Breslin during 'Signs' Premiere - New York at Alice Tully Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JULY 29: Abigail Breslin attends the world premiere of 'Signs' on July 29, 2002 at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
NEW YORK - JUNE 4: (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT, US TABS OUT) Actress Abigail Breslin at a special screening of the Nickelodeon movie 'Rugrats Go Wild' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre, June 5, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna Suarez/Nickleodeon via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 16: Actress Abigail Breslin attends the film premiere of 'Piglet's Big Movie' at the El Capitan Theater on March 16, 2003 in Hollywood, California. The film opens nationwide on March 21, 2003. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Abigail Breslin during Seabiscuit Los Angeles Premiere at Mann's Bruin in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 8: Actress Abigail Breslin arrives at 'The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Enagement' DVD Pajama Party on December 8, 2004 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Abigail Breslin during Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen - New York Premiere - Arrivals at Loews E-Walk Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 26: Actors Spencer Breslin (right) and Abigail Breslin attend 'Raising Helen' Premiere on May 26, 2004 at El Capitan Theatre, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Giulio Marcocchi/Getty Images)
Abigail Breslin at the El Capitan in Hollywood, California (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Abigail Breslin attends 'SUNSHINE SAFARI': PROJECT SUNSHINE'S FOURTH ANNUAL GALA Honoring DARIA MYERS, PRESIDENT, ORIGINS NATURAL RESOURCES at Waldorf Astoria on May 14, 2007 in New York. (Photo by JOE CORRIGAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Abigail Breslin attends FOX SEARCHLIGHT Official OSCAR and INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS Party at Haven House on February 23, 2007 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 2866 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Abigail Breslin during an interview with host Jay Leno on February 1, 2005 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Abigail Breslin during 'The Santa Clause 2' Premiere at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3278 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Abigail Breslin during an interview on December 22, 2006 -- (Photo by: Dave Bjerke/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 29: Actress Abigail Breslin arrives at the 16th Annual Gotham Awards presented by IFP on November 29, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 04: Actress Abigail Breslin kicks off the Duracell 'Power A Smile' campaign at Alice's Tea Cup on December 04, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 07: Actress Abigail Breslin poses for a photo at the 2nd Annual Jane Goodall Institute Global Leadership Awards at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on November 7, 2008 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Abigail Breslin attends FINIAN'S RAINBOW Broadway OPENING ARRIVALS at St. James Theatre on October 29, 2009 in New York. (Photo by SCOTT MORGAN/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 10: Abigail Breslin attends the European Premiere for 'Zombieland' at the 42nd Sitges Film Festival on October 10, 2009 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Robert Marquardt/WireImage)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured: Abigail Breslin -- Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 4556 -- Pictured: Actress Abigail Breslin on October 30, 2013 -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 07: Actress Abigail Breslin attends the 'New Year's Eve' premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on December 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Actress Abigail Breslin attends Z100's Jingle Ball 2011, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage for Clear Channel)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Abigail Breslin attends the Nanette Lepore Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Show at The Stage Lincoln Center on September 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: Abigail Breslin arrives at the 'August: Osage County' - Los Angeles Premiere at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on December 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Actress Abigail Breslin attends 'August: Osage County' New York Ciity premiere sponsored by Ram at Ziegfeld Theatre on December 12, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Ram)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Abigail Breslin visits SiriusXM Studios on October 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Abigail Breslin attends the Instyle Hosts 20th Anniversary Party at Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel on September 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Rommel Demano/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Abigail Breslin arrives at the Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
GREENWICH, CT - JUNE 10: Honoree/Actress Abigail Breslin attends the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival - Day 2 on June 10, 2016 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for GIFF)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Actress Abigail Breslin attends the 'Scream Queens' event at the 33rd annual PaleyFest at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 18: Actress Abigail Breslin attends the 'Dirty Dancing: The New ABC Musical Event' premiere screening and conversation at The Paley Center for Media on May 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 18: Abigail Breslin attends the 2017 PaleyLive LA Spring Season 'Dirty Dancing: The New ABC Musical Event' premiere screening and conversation on May 18, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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Abigail Breslin speaking to young women as a spokesperson for Always' #LikeAGirl campaign.
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And this is her today, snapping a selfie with a Girl Scout as part of the Always #LikeAGirl and Walmart campaign, encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM.

“We want to show these girls that no matter what obstacles come their way, they can find success when they believe in themselves," Abigail said of teaming up with the initiative.

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