“I grabbed her and I said, 'Look don"t you think just because you"re so cute that you"re going to be running things"," he said. “Then she started crying and I knew I had the set in control," he stated. But even though he was worried that Shahidi might outshine him, Murphy was still impressed by the talented youngster.
“You get 3,000 adorable seven-year-olds it''s just impossible to pick somebody," he said. “They went through all the process until they got to the best little actors. She was the all around solid, natural actress that had all the stuff that you can''t teach a person," he added.