Born on July 24, 1982 in Winnipeg, Canada, Anna Helene Paquin is an actress probably best known for her role on “True Blood,” as well as her Oscar-winning performance in “The Piano” from 1993.
Anna, though born in Canada, grew up in New Zealand and considers herself a Kiwi. Prior to her experience on “The Piano, “ she had only played a skunk in a school play. Through being cast through the unlikely task of answering a newspaper ad, her performance won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She supposedly keeps her Oscar in her bedroom closet so that her friends won’t see it and feel the need to comment on it. She later said, “The Oscar is a means to an end. It’s an amazing privilege, obviously, but it also lets me do what I do. I wouldn’t have a career otherwise.”
Anna Paquin has also appeared in “Almost Famous,” the “X-Men” franchise and “She’s All That,” among other projects. Weirdly, she played Jeff Daniel’s daughter in “Fly Away Home” in 1996, only to end up playing his romantic partner in “The Squid and the Whale” in 2005. She has worked with directors Steven Spielberg, Bryan Singer and Gus Van Sant.
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Anna Paquin attended Columbia University, but only stayed one year. A few tidbits about her: Anna speaks French and English; she is a vegetarian; and her hobbies include reading, knitting, playing the piano, and staying active through running or swimming.
In her spare time, she runs an indie production company Paquin Films with her brother, Andrew. She said she wanted to get into TV because “you get to actually develop the characters past an hour and a half…I also like the idea of a consistent lifestyle, as opposed to not really knowing where on the planet you’re going to be at any given moment” (interviewmagazine.com).
In 2010, Anna made a video advocating LGBT equality and said, “I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual and I give a damn.” She said in a later interview, “My sexuality is not made up, for a bisexual, it’s not about gender. That’s not the deciding factor to who they’re attracted to.”
Anna said of her physical assets on “True Blood”: “I have an incredibly good bra. They don’t give me a lot of clothes, but the ones they do are all designed to push, lift, accentuate…no disrespect to my God-given assets, which are quite modest, but they can make a lot from not so much. It’s hilarious. I’m walking around with what some woman would pay a lot of money to have done to her body.” She added of her dyed blonde hair, “I have found that boys do stare more at blonde girls.”
Anna Paquin is married to her co-star Stephen Moyer and they have two twin children. They live in Venice, California.