TV Actress of the Day: ANNA PAQUIN

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TV Show: TRUE BLOOD which airs Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

Her Character: Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic cocktail waitress in a small town diner.

Why we like her: Anna Paquin brings a riveting performance as Sookie Stackhouse. Her display of strength and vulnerability is worth all the Emmys in existence.


Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Paquin moved to New Zealand when she was four. She attended the Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School until she was eight or nine. Her musical childhood hobbies in New Zealand included playing the viola, cello and piano. She also did gymnastics, ballet, swimming and downhill skiing, but she didn’t have hobbies related to acting.

It was in New Zealand in 1991 that Paquin became an actress by chance. Director Jane Campion was looking for a little girl to play a key role in The Piano, set to film in New Zealand, and a newspaper advertisement was run announcing an open audition. Paquin’s sister read the advert and went to try out with a friend; Paquin herself tagged along because she had nothing better to do. When Campion met Paquin, whose only acting experience had been as a skunk in a school play, she was very impressed with the nine-year-old’s performance of the monologue about Flora’s father, and she was chosen from among the 5000 candidates.

When The Piano was released in 1993 it was lauded by critics, won prizes at a number of film festivals, and eventually became a popular movie among a wide audience. Paquin’s debut performance in the film earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of eleven, making her the second-youngest Oscar winner in history after Tatum O’Neal.

Paquin returned to worldwide prominence with her role as Rogue in the blockbuster X-Men movie in 2000, its sequel X2: X-Men United in 2003, and its third installment X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006.

In the summer of 2006, she completed filming Blue State. She executive-produced the film, the film having been made by Paquin Films, a production company formed by both her and her brother, Andrew Paquin. In November 2006, she completed Margaret. This film is now scheduled for release in 2009, according to

In 2007, Paquin received an Emmy Award nomination for Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her role as Elaine Goodale in the HBO’s made-for-TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, based on Dee Brown’s bestseller. She also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in similar categories.

In 2008, Paquin appears as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood, her first role in a TV series. The show is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. A second season of the show has been commissioned, and is scheduled to air in summer 2009.

CBS has announced that Paquin will play Irena Sendler, a Polish woman hailed as a heroine of the Holocaust, in The Irena Sendler Story, a TV film biopic based on the book Mother of the Children of the Holocaust: The Irena Sendler Story, by Anna Mieszkowska. The film will be made in Latvia, and will be a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation for the network.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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anna paquin

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