The actress, now 21, admits she did not want to take part in the variety show and ended up having to sing a mundane tune about the traditional Jewish spinning top most associated with the Hanukkah holiday - but it was enough to grab the attention of a talent scout watching from the audience.
She tells W magazine, "It's weird, because I would be the last person in my school to be in plays, but I was forced to sing a song in a school thing. I sang a dreidel song, which is funny for me. I've never celebrated Hanukkah - it wasn't in my upbringing, but it was one of those deals where everybody has to pick a song or participate somehow in the chorus. It wasn't the normal dreidel song; I can't really remember the words, but it was a more serious dreidel song.
"That's how I met my agent, who was in the audience. I was eight. I was nine when I did my first movie, The Safety of Objects."
She went on to star alongside Jodie Foster in Panic Room at the age of 10, before soaring to superstardom as Bella Swan in the Twilight film franchise.