Anna Paquin, who rose to prominence thanks to “The Piano,” is the second youngest winner of an Oscar – she was 11 when “The Piano” was both released and when she claimed her Best Supporting Actress statuette for it. It was also her screen debut. Later, she would be known to mainstream audiences as Rogue in “X-Men” and its sequels, as well as pictures like “Almost Famous,” “25th Hour” and “The Squid and the Whale.” She’s withstood the pressure of what comes with being a child actress, and has proven she is no fluke.
Born in Canada, Anna and her family moved to New Zealand while still a toddler. It was in Wellington where she went to school, and was also where “The Piano” was filmed. The critical acclaim brought her to Hollywood in 1994 for the Academy Awards, and following her parent’s divorce, she moved with her mother to Los Angeles. Acting was never something Anna actively pursued – her role for “The Piano” was an open audition, and after three years, Anna returned to screen in “Jane Eyre” and “Fly Away Home.” By the time she graduated high school, she was a participant in more than half a dozen films, including “Amistad” for Steven Spielberg in 1997.
Anna studied at Columbia University in New York for a year, but was forced to leave due to growing acting commitments, particularly the “X-Men” trilogy which completed its run in 2006. In 2001, Anna gained New Zealand citizenship. And for her performance in the 2007 HBO mini-series “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” Anna received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress, her second such honor after “The Piano” 14 years before. She has been linked with Joaquin Phoenix and Kieran Culkin, but her great love seems to be her own independence – and her determination to blaze her own path.
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Anna on the Screen
She’s Holly Hunter’s daughter Flora in “The Piano” in 1993, young Jane Eyre in “Jane Eyre,” and Amy in “Fly Away Home” in 1996. Spielberg cast her as Queen Isabella II in “Amistad,” and Anna follows that with “Hurlyburly” and “She’s All That” in 1999. 2000 saw Anna as Rogue in the blockbuster “X-Men,” the Sean Connery vehicle “Finding Forrester,” and as Polexia Aphrodisia in “Almost Famous.” She’s Philip Seymour Hoffman’s student in “25th Hour,” and reprising the role of Rogue in “X2” in 2003, and again in “X-Men: The Last Stand” three years later. Since then, Anna’s appeared in indie films like “Blue State,” “Mosaic,” and the HBO miniseries “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”
Anna can currently be seen in third season of "True Blood," and will appear alongside Matt Damon in the new drama, "Margaret," later this year. In 2010, Anna Paquin announced that she was bisexual in a video ad supporting gay rights.
On identifying with characters:
“None of the characters I’ve played are really like me. That would be boring. It wouldn’t be acting.”
On political affiliations:
“I'm not very political. I'm also not American and I don’t get to vote so my feelings are not really relevant.”