Golden Globe nominee Elsie Fisher nearly quit acting before ‘Eighth Grade’

Considering she nearly gave up acting before landing her role as anxious teen Kayla in the film Eighth Grade, Elsie Fisher can hardly believe she has been nominated for a Golden Globe.

“It’s, like, not real, actually. It’s a joke that people are playing on me,” the Best Actress nominee told Us Weekly at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute in New York City on Sunday, December 9. “It’s incredible.”

Fisher, 15, also isn’t unaware of the Oscar buzz surrounding her performance. “I mean, I think it’s any actor’s dream,” she said. “I don’t know how realistic it is … But that would be incredible.”

Surprisingly, the Despicable Me alum, who’s been acting since the age of 5, considered quitting acting before she landed the part in Eighth Grade. “I really was,” she told Us. “I was at a point where I was not really enjoying it. It felt like a hobby to me. So the Golden Globe [nomination] was like, ‘What the F?’ It’s incredible.”

Now that she has award show momentum, though, Fisher is getting red-carpet ready. For the Golden Globes, she’s thinking of donning a suit. “I’ve been wearing suits to most of my events,” she explained. “I think I’m going to stick on that train.”

The California native has her eyes set on a particular fashion brand, one that happens to share its name with Kayla’s favorite catchphrase: “Gucci!”

“I know it’s not going to happen but fingers crossed,” she said. “I love Gucci.”

No matter what happens, Fisher has had a landmark year and has been excited to share the excitement with those close to her. “I’m surrounded by a great group of people,” she told Us. “I think I’ve had a really great 2018. Just every moment … has been incredible.”

With reporting by Nicki Gostin

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 09: Elsie Fisher attends the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 09, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 09: Elsie Fisher speaks onstage during the 12th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at American Museum of Natural History on December 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images for CNN)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 05: Elsie Fisher attends The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 Women In Entertainment at Milk Studios on December 05, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0973 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actress Elsie Fisher during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on December 3, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photobank)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Elsie Fisher attends the 2018 Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage,)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher attend the 2018 Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 26: Regina Hall (L) and Elsie Fisher appear onstage during IFP's 28th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani, Wall Street on November 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for IFP)
US actress Elsie Fisher attends the 10th Annual Governors Awards gala hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at the the Dolby Theater at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California on November 18, 2018. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Henry Golding (L) and Elsie Fisher speak onstage at the Newport Beach Film Festival Fall Honors and Variety's 10 Actors To Watch at The Resort at Pelican Hill on November 11, 2018 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Visit Newport Beach)
NEWPORT BEACH, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Elsie Fisher attends Variety 10 actors to watch and Newport Beach Film Festival Fall Honors at The Resort at Pelican Hill on November 11, 2018 in Newport Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
SAVANNAH, GA - OCTOBER 27: Actor Elsie Fisher attends the 21st SCAD Savannah Film Festival opening night on October 27, 2018 in Savannah, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 28: Elsie Fisher attends Variety's annual Power of Young Hollywood at Sunset Tower Hotel on August 28, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27: Elsie Fisher at the 'Eighth Grade' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on July 27, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - July 27: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L to R) Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher visits the Young Hollywood Studio on July 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mary Clavering/Young Hollywood/Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Tuesday, July 24 included Mandy Moore (The Darkest Mind), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), and musical guest Dennis Lloyd. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) JIMMY KIMMEL, ELSIE FISHER
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EDT and features a diverse lineup of guests that include celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Tuesday, July 24 included Mandy Moore (The Darkest Mind), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), and musical guest Dennis Lloyd. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) ELSIE FISHER, JIMMY KIMMEL
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 24: Elsie Fisher is seen arriving at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on July 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG017/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: (L-R) Imani Lewis, Jake Ryan, Emily Robinson, Bo Burnham, Josh Hamilton and Elsie Fisher discuss 'Eighth Grade' with the Build Series at Build Studio on July 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 20: (L-R) Elsie Fisher discusses 'Eighth Grade' with the Build Series at Build Studio on July 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
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