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Anna Paquin

Facts about Anna Paquin

Date of Birth:24 July 1982
Birthplace:Winnipeg, Manitoba
Age:27
First Name:Anna
Middle Name:Helene
Last Name:Paquin
Build:Slim
Height:5' 4?" (164 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Light
Hair Color:Dyed Blonde
Star Sign:Leo
Claim to Fame:The Piano and X-Men
Occupation:Actress
Occupation Category:Actress
Nationality:New Zealander
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Biography for Anna Paquin

Anna Helene Paquin (born Jul. 24, 1982 (37 years ago)) is a Canadian-born New Zealand actress. Her breakthrough performance was in the New Zealand movie The Piano, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1994 (25 years ago), making her the second youngest winner in history at the age of 11. Paquin is best known for her role as Rogue in the X-Men movies and her role as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood.

Early years

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 (42 years ago), and sister Katya, born in 1980 (39 years ago). 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 in 1994 (25 years ago) and 1995 (24 years ago), where she completed Form 1 and 2. Having begun her secondary education in Wellington, she completed her high school diploma at Windward School in Los Angeles, where she moved with her mother following her parents' divorce in 1995 (24 years ago). She graduated from Windward School in Jun. 2000 (19 years ago) 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.

Career

Acclaim as a child actress

It was in New Zealand in 1991 (28 years ago) 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 movie 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.

Paquin as Flora, telling the story about her father in The PianoWhen The Piano was released in 1993 (26 years ago) it was lauded by critics, won prizes at a number of movie festivals, and eventually became a popular movie among a wide audience. Paquin's debut performance in the movie 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 (25 years ago).

In 1996 (23 years ago), 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 movies including A Walk on the Moon, The Member of the Wedding, Amistad, Hurlyburly and She's All That.

X-Men and beyond

Paquin returned to worldwide prominence with her role as Rogue in the blockbuster X-Men movie in 2000 (19 years ago), its sequel X2 in 2003 (16 years ago), and its third installment X-Men: The Last Stand (22 walls) in 2006 (13 years ago).

In the summer of 2006 (13 years ago), she completed filming Blue State. She was the executive-producer of the film, the movie having been made by Paquin Films, a production company formed by both her and her brother, Andrew Paquin. In Nov. 2006 (13 years ago), she completed Margaret. This movie is now scheduled for release in 2009 (10 years ago), according to imdb.com.

In 2007 (12 years ago), 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 (11 years ago), Paquin appeared as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood (4 walls), 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 TV Drama Series for her role in the show, and also won a Satellite Award in a similar category. The second season of the show began airing in the US on Jun. 14, 2009 (10 years ago).

In 2009 (10 years ago), Paquin played Irena Sendler, a Polish woman hailed as a heroine of the Holocaust, in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, a CBS TV movie biopic based on the book Mother of the Children of the Holocaust: The Irena Sendler Story, by Anna Mieszkowska. The movie was made in Latvia, and was a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation for the network.

Theatrical career

Paquin is also an award-winning stage actress, having made her stage debut in 2001 (18 years ago) 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 (17 years ago).

Personal life

She is engaged to her True Blood (4 walls) co-star Stephen Moyer and has been dating him since filming the series' pilot. On 5th Aug. 2009 (10 years ago), it was confirmed that the couple are engaged. Paquin lives in Venice, Los Angeles, California. Her hobbies include surfing and cycling.

Filmography

  • The Piano
  • Jane Eyre
  • Fly Away Home
  • The Member of the Wedding
  • Amistad
  • Hurlyburly
  • Laputa: Castle in the Sky
  • It's the Rage
  • She's All That
  • A Walk on the Moon
  • X-Men
  • Almost Famous
  • Finding Forrester
  • Buffalo Soldiers
  • Darkness
  • 25th Hour
  • X2
  • Steamboy (English dub)
  • The Squid and the Whale
  • Joan of Arc
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (22 walls)
  • Blue State
  • Mosaic
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Margaret
  • Trick 'r Treat (3 walls)
  • The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler

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Awards and nominations

  • 1993 - LAFCA Award - Best Supporting Actress for The Piano
  • 1994 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress for The Piano
  • 2001 - Online movie Critics Society Awards - Best Ensemble Cast Performance for Almost Famous
  • 2005 - Gotham Awards - Best Ensemble Cast for The Squid and the Whale
  • 2008 - Satellite Award - Best Actress in a Series, Drama for True Blood (4 walls)
  • 2009 - Golden Globe Award - Best Actress in a TV Drama Series for True Blood (4 walls)


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