For someone who hasn't had any formal acting training, Mia Wasikowska has been nothing short of brilliant in her performances during her young and rapidly-growing career. This Australian-born actress, whose first love was ballet, first drew the admiration of the mainstream audience and critics alike in her portrayal…more
Mia's film credits include Skin (2007), Cosette (2007), September (2007), I Love Sarah Jane (2008), Defiance (2008), and That Evening Sun (2009).
Mia is 5'6" (1.68 m) tall.
Her mother, Marzena Wasikowska, is a photographer, while her father, John Reid, is a painter and collagist. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai.
Her favorite film character is Ada, played by Holly Hunter, in The Piano.
In June 2008, Mia, along with fellow Aussie Abbie Cornish, was honored at the Fourth Annual Aussie Breakthrough Awards in Los Angeles, California.
Having played an aspiring US gymnast in the first season of In Treatment, Mia attributed the ease with which she used an American accent to the many American films and TV shows they have back in Australia.
Mia is of Polish descent.
In 2008, she was named as one of Variety magazine's Top Ten Actors to Watch. In 2009, she placed No.18 in lovefilm.com's Best Actress Under 30 Poll.
Along with her That Evening Sun castmates, Wasikowska won the Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble Cast in the 2009 SXSW Film Festival.
Mia's first role in a feature film was in the 2005 Suburban Mayhem. Her TV debut was on the Australian series All Saints in 2004.
Mia: I had never been so happy as I was on In Treatment. We would roll for 10-minute takes, which is unheard of; you usually go for 20 second- to one-minute takes.
Mia: When I step back and look at all of these really successful people that I've worked with, one thing I do take away from it is how hard they work and how focused they are.
Mia: I was a bit scared of coming over (to Los Angeles) because it's so far from what I know and it's a different world over here. It's nothing like home and I didn't warm to this kind of life because this town is so superficial, but I am enjoying it.
Mia: Dance is such a stressful environment. A lot of it is about your body, which really bothered me because I like the emotional side. Acting really suited me because I could connect as an actor to emotion.
Mia: (on approaching the title role in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland") Everyone has a vision of what they want Alice to be, but you can't please everyone, so you've got to make the character your own.
Mia: There's the kind of fame where people follow you around on the street and talk about your bum. And then there's the kind where you're known for your work. I prefer the latter.
Mia: (on what an actor should always do) Remember to enjoy themselves. It's very easy to get caught up in the anxieties of the job.
Mia: (upon winning the title role in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland") I'm really excited. When I got the role, my friends all said: 'Finally you get to play something fun, not all those wounded souls.'
Mia: (on being part of the 2006 film "Suburban Mayhem") It really taught me the importance of character research and development... it raised the bar for everything I have done after it and I am really grateful for the experience.
Mia: I really like my anonymity and my privacy, so being recognized on the street is not really something that I'd be excited about. On the other hand, it would also give me such amazing opportunities.
Mia: (on shifting to acting) I just wanted to try a different type of performance -- ballet is more an image of perfection, and film can show a grittier side... sometimes it's the more realistic topic of real life that really intrigues me.