Peyton List is a busy kid, not a wimpy kid.
The 12-year-old already has several film credits, playing Katherine Heigl's character as a child in ''27 Dresses,'' a younger version of Teresa Palmer's character in the Nicolas Cage film ''The Sorcerer's Apprentice'' and Kate Hudson as a child in the upcoming romantic comedy ''Something Borrowed.''
She has her biggest role yet as Holly Hills, the object of a schoolboy crush for the title character in ''Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules,'' which opened Friday nationwide.
And when she isn't making movies, Peyton and her family often come to Trumbull County to visit grandma in Bristol.
Peyton's father is Bristol native John List, and he said the family comes back to Ohio two or three times a year to see his mother, Charlene List, who splits her time between Bristol and Florida, and other family members still in the area.
Peyton said during a telephone interview from Los Angeles, where she was doing publicity for the opening of ''Diary,'' that she loves going to Cedar Point when she comes to Ohio and eating at places like the Hot Dog Shoppe and Quaker Steak & Lube. Her twin brother, Spencer, and 6-year-old brother Phoenix also are pursuing acting careers, and the family lives in New York.
When you go:
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules"
Playing locally at Regal Boulevard Centre 14, Niles; Regal Austintown Plaza 10; and Cinemark Tinseltown, Boardman.
She spent three months in Vancouver filming ''Diary.''
''It was the most fun,'' she said. ''I enjoyed getting to work with kids. I never did a movie with an all-kids cast before. I got to have sleepovers with the girl who plays Patty Farrell. We went swimming together.''
''Diary'' is based on Jeff Kinney's series of popular books for young readers. Peyton admitted she hadn't read any of the books before getting cast as Holly Hills.
''My brother was a big fan of the books, and I thought they were more for boys than for girls,'' Peyton said. ''When I found out (about getting cast), I thought, 'OK, I'll read the books now.' Then when I finished, 'Oh my gosh, I have to keep reading.' I really like the books.''
She has seen the finished movie twice already and was planning on going again opening night. ''I burst out laughing the entire movie,'' she said, although she was surprised how many scenes didn't make the final cut of the movie.
Peyton knows first hand about that. Parts she filmed for ''Spider-Man 2'' and the Drew Barrymore-Justin Long romantic-comedy ended up on the cutting room floor.
It made her mad the first time it happened - ''I was going to make that movie 100 percent better,'' she joked - but now she realizes it's part of the business.
Another part of the business is trying to be professional around movie stars she worships. Perhaps the most difficult challenge was on the set of ''Remember Me,'' where the young ''Twilight'' fan worked with Robert Pattinson, who plays the vampire Edward in the movie franchise. But she didn't want to be like the hordes of girls who were hovering around the set hoping for a glimpse of the actor.
''My friends were like, 'Why didn't you get a picture with him?' I have to be cool around them.''