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Anna Paquin

Date of Birth

24 July 1982, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Birth Name

Anna Helene Paquin

Height

5′ 5″ (1.65 m)

Mini Biography

Anna Paquin is the star of several major motion pictures, including her first Oscar winning performance in The Piano (1993), the role of the young Jane in the 1996 film Jane Eyre (1996), and the role of Amy Alden in the charming family film, Fly Away Home (1996). With a well-developed vocabulary and gentle sense of humor, Paquin proves herself to be the most enchanting young talent working today. Paquin’s rising stardom has often been a cause of charming media shyness, where it is obvious that she is an ordinary girl who happens to posses an extraordinary talent. She has two agents, Gail Cowan in New Zealand, and the William Morris agency in Los Angeles, but neither these nor her parents have much influence in deciding what she films. “In the end”, she says, “it’s my decision”. Paquin’s parents separated while she was filming Fly Away Home (1996) in Canada. On Oscar night in 1993, Anna Paquin was the surprise (and surprised) winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She stood, wide-eyed and gulping for breath at the microphone for a full twenty-something-odd seconds before delivering a gracious, though rather breathless thank-you speech.

IMDb Mini Biography By: Serg Pageen <akakii@chat.ru>

Mini Biography

Anna Paquin, the young Canadian who grew up in New Zealand and whose only acting experience was as a skunk at a school play, stunned movie-goers from all over the world with her performance as Holly Hunter‘s angry young daughter in the acclaimed film The Piano (1993). Anna, who received an Oscar for her performance (the second youngest Oscar winner ever), has proven that The Piano (1993) was only the beginning of a fabulous career.

She starred in Carroll Ballard‘s Fly Away Home (1996) and in Franco Zeffirelli‘s Jane Eyre (1996). After her parents’ divorce, she moved to Los Angeles with her mother and sister in order to pursue more actively a career in acting. Soon enough, she made the transition from child-actress to teenage actress with her performance in Hurlyburly (1998) alongside Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey and Meg Ryan and in A Walk on the Moon (1999) alongside Diane Lane, Viggo Mortensen and Liev Schreiber. Paquin, who has become an expert at portraying troubled teenagers, then starred in the popular science fiction film, the X-Men (2000). The same year, 2000, she also appeared in films such as Cameron Crowe‘s Almost Famous (2000) and Gus Van Sant‘s Finding Forrester (2000). Anna, who was a student at Columbia University, moved to New York City and began a new career as a stage actress appearing both in New York and London.

IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse
Stephen Moyer (21 August 2010 – present)

Trade Mark

Gap in teeth

Trivia

She is a vegetarian.

While filming the movie Amistad (1997) in Montreal during the summer, she made a side-trip to Toronto to film 5 TV commercials for the telephone company of her old hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She delivers the commercials in a variety of costumes in her Canadian accent rather than her New Zealand one. [1997]

She keeps her Oscar in her bedroom closet so her friends won’t see it and feel the need to comment on it.

She enjoys photography.

Family moved to New Zealand when Anna was 4.

Has an older brother, Andrew Paquin, a film producer, with whom she is working on Blue State (2007)), and a sister, Katya.

She plays the cello.

Father, Brian, is a physical education teacher. Mother, Mary, is an English teacher.

Her parents are divorced.

Hobbies: rugby; running; playing the piano; singing; gymnastics; swimming; downhill skiing; reading and knitting.

Enjoys listening to alternative music.

When she was younger, she wanted to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand, or a lawyer.

Is a fan of The Beatles.

She has 2 cats and 1 dog.

Speaks French.

Graduated from Windward School in West Los Angeles, California in June 2000; she completed the school’s community service requirement by working in an LA soup kitchen and at a special education center.

One of Teen People Magazine’s “25 Hottest Stars under 25″. [2002]

College classmate of Julia Stiles at Columbia University.

Is a fan of the alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails.

She was the original choice to play the character of Enola in Kevin Costner‘s Waterworld (1995) but, eventually, the role fell to Tina Majorino.

Attending Columbia University. [2005]

When on a talk show, the host told her he would give her $10,000 if she could shoot a basketball into a hoop. She did, but he refused to pay. After bad press he gave her the money which she donated to charity.

Played the daughter of Jeff Daniels in Fly Away Home (1996) and then his romantic partner in The Squid and the Whale (2005) nine years later.

Was number 93 on vh1’s “100 Greatest Kid Stars” (2005).

Has kept in close contact with Shawn Ashmore (Iceman/Bobby Drake) and Aaron Stanford (John Allerdyce/Pyro) after filming X2 (2003).

Though she was born in Canada she considers herself a Kiwi from New Zealand since she grew up there.

Ranked #50 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.

Announced her engagement to Stephen Moyer, having been in a relationship since February 2009 after meeting on the set of “True Blood” (2008), after he proposed to her on a beach in Hawaii (5 August 2009).

Among the guests at her wedding to Stephen Moyer were Alan Ball, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Carrie Preston and Elijah Wood.

Mentioned on “Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #16.176″ (2009) that she had recently seen her first movie The Piano (1993) for the first time in her life.

Went to Columbia University in New York, but left after a year and did not graduate in order to pursue acting.

Step-mother of Stephen Moyer‘s children Billy and Lilac.

Was ranked #84 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 of 2010 list.

She ranked #84 on “Maxim’s Hot 100 of 2010″.

Personal Quotes

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

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

If I don’t do laundry today, I’m gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow.

There are very few films or plays or anything about really happy people with perfect lives. Everyone is usually screwed up in some way and that is usually where the work comes in – figuring out how to make it believable and make it real to present someone’s problems that you don’t necessarily actually know anything about. I mean it is not challenging to be happy all the time. I don’t think I could do it!

I just do what feels right. I think the great thing about getting to do what I do is that you can try out being a different person without having to screw up your life to do it.

I’m not very political. I’m also not American and I don’t get to vote so my feelings are not really relevant.

You’ll live a full and happy life if your pursue things you think are important and live the life you want to live

Where Are They Now

(January 2003) Returning to continue her studies at Columbia University in New York.

(May 2004) Starring in Neil LaBute‘s Off-Broadway play, “The Distance from Here.”

(February 2005) Starring in the Off-Broadway production of “After Ashley”.

(April 2006) Filming Blue State (2007) in Canada.

(2007) Working on “True Blood” (2008), an HBO series.

(February 2010) Working on “True Blood” (2008).

Source: http://www.imdb.com/

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