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Anna Paquin

   

Birth name:

Anna Helene Paquin

Born:

24-Jul-1982

Birthplace:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Gender:

Female

Race or Ethnicity:

White

Sexual orientation:

Straight

Occupation:

Actress

Nationality:

New Zealand

Executive summary:

The Piano and X-Men

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

 
 

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Anna Paquin - Biography

 

Anna Helene Paquin (pronounced /ˈpækwɪn/; born July 24, 1982) is a New Zealand actress. Paquin's first critically successful film was The Piano, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1994 at the age of 11 - the second youngest winner in history. Her acting career took off almost half a decade later when she appeared in a string of successful films including She's All That, Almost Famous and the X-Men franchise, in which she plays Rogue, the role she is most widely known for.
More recently, Paquin has gained critical acclaim for her role as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood. She was honoured with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama for her role in 2009.

Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Mary Paquin (née Brophy), an English teacher and native of Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a high school physical education teacher. Paquin is the youngest of three children; she has two older siblings: brother Andrew, born in 1977, and sister Katya, born in 1980. Paquin moved to New Zealand when she was four. She attended the Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School until she was eight or nine. Her musical childhood hobbies in New Zealand included playing the viola, cello and piano. She also did gymnastics, ballet, swimming and downhill skiing, though she did not have any hobbies related to acting.
While in New Zealand, Paquin attended Hutt Intermediate School from 1994-95. Having begun her secondary education in Wellington at Wellington Girls' College, she completed her high school diploma at Windward School in Los Angeles, where she moved with her mother following her parents' divorce in 1995. She graduated from Windward School in June 2000 and completed the school's community service requirement by working in an LA soup kitchen and at a special education center. She studied at Columbia University for one year, but has since been on a leave of absence to continue her acting career.

It was in New Zealand in 1991 that Paquin became an actress by chance. Director Jane Campion was looking for a little girl to play a key role in The Piano, set to film in New Zealand, and a newspaper advertisement was run announcing an open audition. Paquin's sister read the ad and went to try out with a friend; Paquin herself tagged along because she had nothing better to do. When Campion met Paquin—whose only acting experience had been as a skunk in a school play—she was very impressed with the nine-year-old's performance of the monologue about Flora's father, and she was chosen from among the 5000 candidates.
When The Piano was released in 1993 it was lauded by critics, won prizes at a number of film festivals, and eventually became a popular movie among a wide audience. Paquin's debut performance in the film earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of eleven, making her the second-youngest Oscar winner in history after Tatum O'Neal. The Piano was made as a small independent movie and wasn't intended to be widely known, and Paquin and her family didn't plan to continue in the acting circles. However, she was invited to the William Morris Agency, and she kept receiving offers for new roles. She systematically refused them, but she did appear in three commercials for the phone company MCI (now Verizon). She also appeared as a voice in an audio book entitled The Magnificent Nose in 1994.
In 1996, she appeared in two movies. The first role was as young Jane in Jane Eyre. The other was a lead part in Fly Away Home playing a young girl who, after her mother dies, moves in with her father and finds solace in taking care of orphaned goslings.
As a teenager, she had roles in films including A Walk on the Moon, The Member of the Wedding, Amistad, Hurlyburly, She's All That and Almost Famous.

Paquin returned to worldwide prominence with her role as Rogue in the blockbuster X-Men movie in 2000, its sequel X2 in 2003, and its third installment X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.
In the summer of 2006, she completed filming Blue State. She was the executive-producer of the film, the film having been made by Paquin Films, a production company formed by both her and her brother, Andrew Paquin. In November 2006, she completed Margaret. This film has yet to be released. Its release is unknown, due to ongoing legal disputes.
In 2007, Paquin received an Emmy Award nomination for Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her role as Elaine Goodale in HBO's made-for-TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, based on Dee Brown's bestseller. She also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in similar categories.
In 2008, Paquin appeared as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood, her first role in a TV series. The show is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Paquin won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series for her role in the show, and also won a Satellite Award in a similar category. She has also been nominated for the same category in the 2010 Golden Globe Awards. The second season of True Blood premiered in the US in June 2009. Season three will premiere in the summer of 2010.
In 2009, Paquin played Irena Sendler, a Polish woman hailed as a heroine of the Holocaust, in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a CBS TV film biopic based on the book Mother of the Children of the Holocaust: The Irena Sendler Story, by Anna Mieszkowska. The film was made in Latvia, and was a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation for the network. Paquin's performance earned her a 2010 nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Film.
Paquin's next film is The Romantics, a romantic comedy alongside Josh Duhamel and Katie Holmes. The film is slated for a 2010 release.

Paquin is also an award-winning stage actress, having made her stage debut in 2001 in a production of The Glory of Living at the MCC Theater. She won a 2001–2002 Theater World Award for her performance. She has since appeared in a number of other plays, but has only once appeared in a play outside of the USA, when she appeared on the West End stage in London in a production of This is Our Youth in 2002.

On August 5, 2009, it was announced that Anna Paquin had become engaged to her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, whom she had been dating since filming the series' pilot in 2007. Paquin lives in Venice, Los Angeles, California. Her hobbies include surfing and cycling.

 

Anna Paquin - Personal Quotes

 

"None of the characters I've played are really like me. That would be boring. It wouldn't be acting."

"Everything about being a teenager and not feeling like you fit in is just magnified by being a mutant!"

"If I don't do laundry today, I'm gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow."

There are very few films or plays or anything about really happy people with perfect lives. Everyone is usually screwed up in some way and that is usually where the work comes in--figuring out how to make it believable and make it real to present someone's problems that you don't necessarily actually know anything about. I mean it is not challenging to be happy all the time. I don't think I could do it!

"I just do what feels right. I think the great thing about getting to do what I do is that you can try out being a different person without having to screw up your life to do it."

 

Anna Paquin - Filmography

 

Flying Into Love (2009) .... Sister Agnes
Open House (2010) .... Jennie
Margaret (2010) .... Lisa Cohen
"True Blood" .... Sookie Stackhouse (26 episodes, 2008-2010)
- Beautifully Broken (2010) TV episode .... Sookie Stackhouse
- It Hurts Me Too (2010) TV episode .... Sookie Stackhouse
- Beyond Here Lies Nothin' (2009) TV episode .... Sookie Stackhouse
- Frenzy (2009) TV episode .... Sookie Stackhouse
- New World in My View (2009) TV episode .... Sookie Stackhouse
(21 more)
The Romantics (2010) .... Lila
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009) (TV) .... Irena Sendler
Trick 'r Treat (2008) .... Laurie
... aka Terreur à l'Halloween (Canada: French title)
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) (TV) .... Elaine Goodale
Blue State (2007) .... Chloe Hamon
Mosaic (2007) (V) .... Maggie Nelson
... aka Stan Lee Presents Mosaic (USA: DVD box title)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) .... Marie / Rogue
... aka X-Men 3 (Singapore: English title) (USA: working title)
... aka X3 (International: English title: informal short title) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka X-men - L'engagement ultime (Canada: French title)
Joan of Arc (2005) (TV) (voice) .... Joan
The Squid and the Whale (2005) .... Lili
Suchîmubôi (2004) (voice: English version) .... James Ray Steam
... aka Steamboy (International: English title)
X2 (2003) .... Anna Marie / Rogue
... aka X-Men 2 (Singapore: English title) (USA: working title)
... aka X-2 (USA: poster title)
... aka X-Men 2: X-Men United (USA: promotional title)
... aka X2: X-Men United (USA: promotional title)
... aka X2: X-Men unis (Canada: French title)
25th Hour (2002) .... Mary D'Annunzio
Darkness (2002) .... Regina
... aka Darkness (Spain)
... aka The Dark (USA)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001) .... Robyn Lee
... aka Army Go Home! (Germany)
... aka Buffalo Soldiers - Army Go Home! (Germany: DVD title)
Finding Forrester (2000) .... Claire Spence
Almost Famous (2000) .... Polexia Aphrodisia
... aka Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut (USA: director's cut (DVD title))
X-Men (2000) .... Rogue / Marie D'Ancanto
... aka X-Men 1.5 (USA: DVD box title)
All the Rage (1999) .... Annabel Lee
... aka It's the Rage (USA: cable TV title)
A Walk on the Moon (1999) .... Alison Kantrowitz
... aka La tentación (USA: Spanish title)
She's All That (1999) .... Mackenzie Siler
Hurlyburly (1998) .... Donna
Amistad (1997) .... Queen Isabella
The Member of the Wedding (1997) (TV) .... Frankie Addams
Fly Away Home (1996) .... Amy Alden
... aka Father Goose
... aka Flying Wild
Jane Eyre (1996) .... Young Jane Eyre
... aka Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre (USA: complete title)
... aka Jane Eyre (France)
The Piano (1993) .... Flora McGrath
... aka La leçon de piano (France)
Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) (voice: English version) .... Sheeta (2003)
... aka Castle in the Sky (UK) (USA)
... aka Castle in the Sky Laputa (International: English title: literal title)
... aka Laputa (USA: short title)
... aka Laputa: Castle in the Sky (UK: DVD title)

 

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