anna-paquinAnna Helene Paquin, actor (born at Winnipeg 24 Jul 1982). Anna Paquin's family moved to Wellington, New Zealand, when she was 4 years old. She first began appearing in television commercials as a child, but it was her riveting portrayal of the articulate, emotionally complicated daughter of Holly Hunter in Jane Campion's The Piano in 1993 that won her an Oscar for best supporting actress at the age of 11. She is the second youngest performer to receive the honour in the history of the awards. Famously, she only attended the open audition for The Piano, which attracted 5000 aspiring young actresses, because her older sister wanted company.

 

Anna Paquin has gone on to prove herself a capable actress in films such as Carroll Ballard's Fly Away Home (1996; where she played the lead opposite a flock of Canadian geese), Franco Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre (1996; playing the young Jane), The Member of the Wedding (1997), Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997; improbable as Queen Isabella), Hurlyburly (1998), She's All That (1999), A Walk on the Moon (1999), Gus Van Sant's Finding Forrester (2000), Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous (2000; she played the rock groupie Polexia Aphrodisia and was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for outstanding performance by the cast of a theatrical motion picture), Buffalo Soldiers (2001) and Spike Lee's 25th Hour (2002). In 2001, she was nominated for a New York Drama Desk Award for her performance in Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

 

Paquin gained worldwide fame as the mutant Rogue in the hugely popular X-Men trilogy - X-Men (2000), X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). Between making those films, she appeared in independent productions such as the critically praised The Squid and the Whale (2005) with Jeff Daniels. In 2006, she served as executive producer on Blue State, a low-budget romantic comedy that her brother Andrew produced and she starred in. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for the television movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) for best supporting actress in a miniseries, and was nominated by the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild for the same film in similar categories. In 2008, she was cast in the part of "Sookie" in the HBO vampire series True Blood, for which she won the Golden Globe for best actress in a television drama series that year and was nominated by the Screen Actors Guild for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

 

Anna Paquin is very popular with the teen set because of her Rogue character in the X-Men movies and the True Blood series. In 2010 she was nominated for a People's Choice Award for favourite TV drama actress. She has 2 MTV Awards, in 2001 and 2004 for X-Men and X2, a Teen Choice Award nomination for "best chemistry," shared with fellow Canadian Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) in X2, and 3 nominations for best actress from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

 

article by WYNDHAM WISE

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