Anna Paquin

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Anna Paquin

Born

7/24/1982, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Birth Name

Anna Helene Paquin

Gender

Female
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Biography

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Anna Helene Paquin is a Canadian film, TV, and stage actress who is best known for being one of the youngest actors to ever win an Oscar, for her role in Jane Campion's movie The Piano. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on July 24, 1982, Anna was raised…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Anna was the original choice to portray Enola in Waterworld, however the role went to Tina Majorino.

    • Anna loves animals, she has two cats and one dog as pets.

    • Anna keeps her Oscar trophy hidden in her bedroom so that guests do not feel the need to comment on it.

    • Anna had not seen her first movie The Piano (1993) until 2009.

    • Anna was ranked number 50 on the "Hot 100 of 2008" from Maxim magazine.

    • Anna was listed on vh1's "100 Greatest Kid Stars" at number 93.

    • Anna studied at Columbia University with fellow actress, Julia Stiles.

    • Anna is a fan of the bands The Beatles and Nine Inch Nails.

    • Anna can speak French.

    • Anna likes animals, she has one dog and two cats for pets.

    • Anna wanted to be either a lawyer or the Prime Minister of New Zealand when she was young.

    • Anna enjoys listening to alternative music, and plays the cello herself.

    • Anna is a vegetarian.

    • Anna was voted #33 in BuddyTV's 'TV's 100 Sexiest Women of 2009'.

    • Anna provided a commentary for the episode The First Taste for the Season 1 DVD of True Blood.

    • Anna became engaged to her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer in August 2009.

    • Anna was ranked #50 on Maxim magazine's 50 hottest 100 celebrities of 2008.

    • Before she signed on for seven seasons of True Blood, Anna has never seen a vampire show or vampire movie except for Interview with a Vampire. She started reading Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mystery Books only after getting the lead role on the show.

    • Anna only learned how to bike at age 26 and bought herself a Hello Kitty Retro Cruiser to try out her new-found skill. Being the youngest in the family and with her parents busy, she never learned how as a kid.

    • After going into auditions five times, Anna got the part as Sookie in Alan Ball's True Blood. Once she won the role, Anna did a one-week viewing marathon of Six Feet Under while she had the flu.

    • Anna Paquin's Award Nominations:
      1994 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, Golden Globe, The Piano
      1997 - Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film, YoungStar Awards, Fly Away Home
      1997 - Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress, Young Artist Awards, Fly Away Home
      1998 - Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series - Leading Young Actress, Young Artist Awards, The Member of the Wedding
      1999 - Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film, YoungStar Awards, A Walk on the Moon
      2000 - Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actress, Young Artist Awards, A Walk on the Moon
      2001 - Best Performance by a Younger Actor, Saturn Award, X-Men
      2001 - Favorite Actress - Science Fiction, Blockbuster Entertainment Award, X-Men
      2001 - Best On-Screen Team, MTV Movie Award, X-Men, shared with castmates
      2001 - Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture, Screen Actors Guild Awards, Almost Famous, shared with castmates
      2003 - Choice Movie Chemistry, Teen Choice Award, X2: X-Men United, shared with Shawn Ashmore
      2004 - Best Kiss, MTV Movie Award, X2: X-Men United, shared with Shawn Ashmore
      2007 - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie, Emmy Awards, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
      2008 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Golden Globe Award, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
      2008 - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, Screen Actors Guild Award, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.
      2009 - Best Performance by an Actress on a TV show for a goldern Globe for True Blood.
      2009 - Best Horror Actress Scream Awards on a TV show for True Blood.

    • If Anna did not become an actress, she would have stayed in New Zealand focusing on one of her passions which is photography. She admits that she likes to take candid photographs of random couples.

    • Paquin was ranked No.13 in MovieFone's Top 25 Child Stars of All Time. The list was released in April 2008 and placed Shirley Temple at the top spot.

    • In 2008, Anna and her brother Andrew put up the film production company Paquin Films. Their first movie release is the romantic comedy Blue State in which she stars with Breckin Meyer.

    • In 1992, Anna was chosen over 5,000 girls to play Holly Hunter's daughter in the Jane Campion film The Piano.

    • When she was 12 years old, Anna did a series of commercials for networkMCI Business.

    • Anna's other film credits include The Member of the Wedding (1997) and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007).

    • She played the daughter of actor Jeff Daniels in 1996's Fly Away Home but nine years later, she played his love interest in The Squid and the Whale.

    • Anna has three pets - two cats and one dog. When she was studying at the university, Anna had two puppies named Dee Dee and Sascha.

    • Anna enjoys listening to alternative music.

    • Anna's family moved to New Zealand when Anna was 4.

    • Anna Paquin's Awards Won:
      1993 - Best Supporting Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, The Piano
      1994 - Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Academy Awards, The Piano
      2001 - Best Ensemble Cast Performance, Online Film Critics Society Awards, Almost Famous, shared with cast mates
      2005 - Best Ensemble Cast, Gotham Awards, The Squid and the Whale, shared with cast mates.

    • Anna is 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall. She has dark brown hair and hazel eyes. For her role as Sookie in True Blood, Anna dyed her hair blonde.

    • Anna's parents are Brian, a PE teacher, and Mary, an English teacher. Her sister Katya is the Executive Assistant to New Zealand Member of Parliament Jeanette Fitzsimons and the girlfriend of the co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party. She has been fighting brain cancer for many years, while her brother Andrew is a film producer.

    • Anna enjoys working on-stage. Her theatrical credits after year 2000 include: This Is Our Youth (2002), The Glory of the Living (2001), The Distance From Here (2004), Roulette (2004), Drug Buddy (2003), The Manuscript (2003), and After Ashley.

    • Anna is a graduate from Windward School, West Los Angeles, California.

    • Anna was the first New Zealander to receive an Oscar for best supporting actress. She is also the second youngest person to ever win an Academy Award.

  • Quotes

    • Anna: (On her fiance Stephen Moyer) He's lovely. He's very funny. I'm definitely not on any level attracted to people who don't have a good sense of humour. That's how you get through the ups and the downs.

    • Anna: I don't know when acting came to be more about awards than about the work. Judging who's better than the other person shouldn't be part of why we're doing this job. It should be about entertaining people.

    • Anna: I'm probably one of the only actresses who has no waitressing experience... I've never had a non-acting job, because I've pretty much acted full time since I was 9.

    • Anna: I like shows or films or books that have messages but don't beat people over the head with them.

    • Anna: I think it's an amazing quality to be able to roll with the punches and not be totally ruined as a person because life's been rough for you. That's a really admirable way to go through your life.

    • Anna: There's nothing more exciting as an actor than getting to do something that you're not entirely sure that anyone would let you do, and getting to take a big jump in a completely different direction.

    • Anna: I get paid to do the thing I love most, and maybe that makes blending into the crowd impossible sometimes, but I wouldn't trade it for the world.

    • Anna: I'd really like to get to do some fighting, some martial arts training, because I think that would be really fun... I do gymnastics and ballet, and I'm very, very into the physically acrobatic end of sport.

    • Anna: (on joining the ranks of Hollywood stars who've gone blonde) I feel fabulous... When I wake up in the morning and I haven't had my coffee and I stumble downstairs, I'm like, 'Oh, s---' I completely forget that I've done this. And I have a few moments where I'm, like, 'Who's that?'

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

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

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A natural performer.

    8.5
    A lot of time has lapsed between The Piano and True Blood, but the natural ability and genuine performances remain the same in caliber.

    I could still see the giggling little girl on stage at the Oscars; so dumbfounded she couldn't speak. Her sincere reaction was as captivating as her sincere performance.

    Then, somehow "Sookie Stackhouse" took care of that little girl image burned on my brain very quickly, though with no less an impression.

    I love this show, its premise and its originality, and I love its characters and most of the characterizations. "Sookie" is far and away the most complex character, and there is none better to handle that complexity than Anna Paquin.

    I hope this show goes for a while; for the sake of the genre as well as for some of the cast...particularly Paquin.moreless
  • Anna Paquin is a smart, sexy, and talented young actress

    10
    Anna Paquin is a young actress that has been in just about every type of movie out, the ones I've seen her in are Fly Away Home and X-Men and X-Men 2. She has talent being the second youngest person to win an Acadamy Award, her talent is only matched by her beauty. She is a very beautiful young actress, and has talent that can make her one of hollwood hottest and recognizable stars.moreless
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