Full Name: Anna Helene Paquin
Birth Date: July 24, 1982
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height: 5' 5"
Quote: "None of the characters I've played are really like me. That would be boring. It wouldn't be acting."
Anna Paquin Biography
Anna Helene Paquin was born July 24, 1982 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Anna moved to Lower Hutt, New Zealand with her family when she was 4 years old. Her father, Brian, is a physical education teacher, and her mother, Mary, is an English teacher. Anna has one brother, Andrew, and one sister, Katya.
Anna's claim to fame came at the young age of 11, when she was cast as Flora McGrath in The Piano, starring Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel. She won the part over 5000 other girls and she became the first New Zealander to receive the Best Supporting Actress Oscar, and the second youngest Oscar winner ever for her performance.
The success of the 1993 film and her Oscar win, entered Anna into the realm of international fame. Aside from a series of TV ads for a computer company, Anna retreated from the limelight until 1996, when she emerged, now a teenager, in the acclaimed family drama Fly Away Home. That same year, she could be seen playing a younger version of the title character in Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Jane Eyre.
After playing Queen Isabella in Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997), Paquin assumed her first adult role, portraying a teenage runaway presented as a "care package" to two Hollywood bottom feeders in Hurlyburly (1998). The following year, she stepped back into more wholesome coming-of-age territory, playing Diane Lane's daughter in the critically acclaimed A Walk on the Moon and appearing in the popular high school comedy She's All That. That same year, she appeared in the star-studded ensemble drama All the Rage, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Though she was kept quite busy with acting, Anna didn't let that stop her from continuing her education. In June of 2000, she graduated from Windward School in West Los Angeles, California. She even completed the school's community service requirement by working in an LA soup kitchen and at a special education center. Anna is now a student at Columbia University, and has moved to New York City.
In 2000, the same year Anna graduated high school, she appeared in the popular science fiction film, the X-Men, also starring beauties Halle Berry and Famke Janssen. The same year, she appeared in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous starring Kate Hudson, and Gus Van Sant's Finding Forrester with Sean Connery. In 2002, she appeared in 25th Hour with Edward Norton and Rosario Dawson, and in 2003, we had the pleasure of seeing Anna as Rogue a second time in X-Men 2.
Though Anna has moved to New York City and has begun a new career as a stage actress appearing both in New York and London, she will still be seen on the big screen. Next up, The Squid and the Whale, with Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney.
When Anna isn't studying, filming or on the stage, she enjoys rugby, running, playing the piano, singing, gymnastics, swimming, downhill skiing, reading, knitting, and listening to alternative music.
Anna Paquin Filmography
Blue State (2007) .... Chloe
Margaret (2006) .... Lisa Cohen
"The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson"
- Episode dated 23 May 2006 (2006) TV Episode
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) .... Marie/Rogue
... aka X-Men 3 (Singapore: English title) (USA: working title)
... aka X3 (International: English title: informal short title) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
Joan of Arc (2005) (TV) (voice) .... Joan
The Squid and the Whale (2005) .... Lili
Suchîmubôi (2004) (voice: English version) .... James Ray Steam
... aka Steamboy (International: English title)
X2 (2003) .... Rogue/Marie D'Ancanto
... aka X-Men 2 (Singapore: English title) (USA: working title)
... aka X-2 (USA: poster title)
... aka X-Men 2: X-Men United (USA: promotional title)
... aka X2: X-Men United (USA: promotional title)
25th Hour (2002) .... Mary D'Annunzio
Darkness (2002) .... Regina
... aka Darkness (Spain)
... aka The Dark (USA)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001) .... Robyn Lee
... aka Army Go Home! (Germany)
... aka Buffalo Soldiers - Army Go Home! (Germany: DVD title)
Finding Forrester (2000) .... Claire Spence
Almost Famous (2000) .... Polexia Aphrodisia
... aka Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut (USA: director's cut (DVD title))
X-Men (2000) .... Rogue/Marie D'Ancanto
... aka X-Men 1.5 (USA: DVD box title)
All the Rage (1999) .... Annabel Lee
... aka It's the Rage (USA: cable TV title)
She's All That (1999) .... Mackenzie Siler
A Walk on the Moon (1999) .... Alison Kantrowitz
... aka Tentación, La (USA: Spanish title)
Hurlyburly (1998) .... Donna
Amistad (1997) .... Queen Isabella II
The Member of the Wedding (1997) (TV) .... Frankie Addams
Fly Away Home (1996) .... Amy Alden
... aka Father Goose
... aka Flying Wild
Jane Eyre (1996) .... Young Jane Eyre
... aka Jane Eyre (France)
The Piano (1993) .... Flora McGrath
... aka Leçon de piano, La (France)
Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) (voice: English version) .... Sheeta (2003)
... aka Laputa: Castle in the Sky (UK: DVD title) (USA: DVD title)
... aka Laputa: The Flying Island (UK: TV title)