Mia Kirshner

Mia Kirshner


1/25/1976, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Mia Kirshner


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Born in Toronto, Ontario, she is a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. Her father, Sheldon, a journalist for The Canadian Jewish News, was born in a displaced person camp in Germany in 1946. He met her mother, Etti, a Bulgarian Jewish refugee who is a teacher, in Israel. Kirshner…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Mia supports the human rights organization Amnesty International.

    • Mia can speak French fluently.

    • Mia is a huge fan of Tyra Banks and her style and fashion.

    • During the filming of The L Word in Vancouver, Mia used to live with fellow co-star Leisha Hailey.

    • Favorites: - Actress: Isabelle Huppert
      - City: St. Petersburg (Russia)
      - Co-stars: Dustin Hoffman and Costa-Gavras
      - Dream co-stars: Agnieszka Holland, Ang Lee, and Montgomery Cliff
      - Interests: French Fashion and spending time outdoors
      - TV Show: America's Next Top Model, Project Runway and Wife Swap.

    • Honors: - In 2002, she ranked #38 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World". - In 2003, she ranked #75 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women in the World". - Mia ranked No.81 in AfterEllen.com's Hot 100 List in 2007.
      - Mia ranked No.29 in AfterEllen.com's Hot 100 List in 2008.

    • In 2008, Mia wrote her first book, a travelogue entitled I Live Here. It was published by Pantheon Books and is out on stores October 14, 2008.

    • One of Mia's turn-ons is seeing old hotels. She finds the architecture of the 1930's to be very romantic. She also loves that the decaying condition of these structures project something raw about them.

    • Among the quirks of Mia are that she likes to sleep with her closet doors closed and that she needs the sheets she sleeps in to be white.

    • Mia finds unpedicured feet on guys unattractive.

    • Mia came close to playing the lead in Clueless and She's All That.

    • Mia grew up watching 80's teen movies. She considers The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful and Pretty in Pink to be wonderful movies.

    • Mia loves dancing. In fact, to keep herself in shape she takes classes for salsa, jazz and ball room dancing.

    • As of 2008, Mia resides in Los Angeles. She also owns an apartment in Paris.

    • Mia was an extra in the 1990's movie The Freshman. This was after she landed her first agent.

    • In 2002, Mia was nominated for an MTV Movie Award for her kiss with Beverly Polcyn in Not Another Teen Movie.

    • She owns one dog, a white maltese named Pablo. As a prank on the set of The L Word, the hair and makeup staff dyed her dog blue with vegetable dye.

    • She frequently performs in lesbian or bisexual roles.

    • She has a tattoo on the back of her neck.

    • She directed a short film, Victor, about a drag queen and his search for love in a very hard, cold, sexualized world.

    • She is 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 metres) tall.

    • While on the set of 24, Actor Carlos Bernard played a prank on her, he thought it would be funny to report Kirshner as a marijuana user to cop pals and have them arrest her on the set. But Kirshner and producers weren't laughing when the police officers took the practical joke too far and insisted the actress accompany them to their local station. Bernard then staged a fake fight with the cops, which left Mia distraught and unable to film scenes with her joker co-star for hours.

    • She appeared in Marilyn Manson's music video for Tainted Love in 2001.

    • The Stuff magazine cover she did with Chyler Leigh was the first time that magazine ever featured multiple people on the cover. Mia has also appeared on the cover of the magazine named Esquire dated March 2004.

    • She played Sarah Logan in the pilot for the TV show D.C., but the role was later re-cast.

  • Quotes

    • Mia: I think some actors have exploited their philanthropic efforts to promote a film.

    • Mia: I don't care if people think I'm gay. Gender is of no consequence to me. It's a person's brain that counts.

    • Mia: (on being misquoted as having a fantasy to kiss a woman on screen) That I didn't say. I'd never say that. Anyway, kissing a woman is the same as kissing a man when the camera's running.

    • Mia: (advice to guys who want to who hook up with girls like her) Be bold, and get to the point. Life is too short, guys. And, yeah, skip those opening lines.

    • Mia: Clothes are frivolous, but it's sometimes a way of expressing yourself, and essential to a character.

    • Mia: I think that actors often exercise their own curiosities and thought processes when they take on a role.

    • Mia: I don't know anything about comedy and I have no idea what's funny and what's not and it's still one big mystery to me. I'm completely in awe of actors who are funny.

    • Mia: (on how her career has turned out so far) I can say this that I'm stronger as an actress, more confident as an actress and I love my job more than I've ever loved my job.

    • Mia: I've definitely done a number of roles that were sexual in nature. I think it might have reflected a period in my life. But my interests have changed.

    • Mia: I think that when you're playing somebody that existed, and beyond that someone whose life ended in such a brutal fashion, I feel a tremendous responsibility to honour her humanity.

    • Mia: (On nudity) It's so much harder to keep your clothes on than take them off in this business. Even in Exotica, they wanted more nudity, but I didn't feel comfortable.

    • Mia: It's not me to sleep with loads of men, but I do believe in having different experiences. At the end of the day, the nicest thing is the old-fashioned one-on-one.

  • "I Live Here" - Mia's New Book

    Mia Kirshner's much anticipated 'I Live Here', is a unique paper documentary brought to life in collaboration with J.B MacKinnon, Paul Shoebridge, and Michael Simons. It's a publication of the I Live Here Foundation- a foundation dedicated to telling the stories of silenced and unheard people through a series of books and other media projects about our world- and will be released this October. Here's a quick note from the publisher!

    "I LIVE HERE (Pantheon Books/October 14, 2008/$29.95) is a visually stunning paper documentary, in which the lives of refugees and displaced people become at once personal and universal. It is a raw and intimate journey to crises in four corners of the world: war in Chechnya, ethnic cleansing in Burma, globalization in Mexico, and AIDS in Malawi.The voices we encounter are those of displaced women and children, told in their own words or by noted writers and artists, including Joe Sacco, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chris Abani, and many others. Threaded throughout these accounts is Mia Kirshner's intimate travel narrative, brought vividly to life in collaboration with writer J.B. MacKinnon and designers Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons.This groundbreaking book is but one element of a larger project known as the I Live Here Foundation, committed to establishing creative writing programs for marginalized people. Further information is available at i-live-here.com"

    Please visit Causecast.org (http://causecast.org/leader/mia-kirshner) to read Mia's blog entries with even more information about 'I Live Here' including photos, trailers and also the new I Live Here Foundation that she has set up in order to help fund creative writing programs in the areas she and her partners have visited. If you would like to donate to the foundation, you can do so through Causecast.org or through the official I Live Here website (http://i-live-here.com/)moreless
  • L Word season 3: Mia Kirshner's character partners up with a female-to-male transgendered/transexual and supports Max with his transition. Her character develops a much needed backbone.

    It was disappointing to see where they were taking Mia's character for the first two seasons of the L Word as I find her to be a highly memorable and captivating actress. I saw Mia's first film ages ago and have been keeping an eye out for her since. Definitely a Canadian talent to be proud of.

    Mia has managed to resurect her L Word character. How many actors could really pull that off? A terrible shame they wasted her acting talent with painful sorrowful dialogue in the first couple seasons. The memory of the wales and acid tripping circus scenes will eventually be forgotten as she thrives in this re-birthed strong and witty character.moreless