Anna Helene Paquin is a New Zealand-Canadian actress. She was born in Manitoba and brought up in Wellington, New Zealand, before moving to Los Angeles during her youth. She completed a year at Columbia University, before leaving to focus on her acting career. Take a look below for 30 more awesome and interesting facts about Anna Paquin.
1. As a child, she played the role of Flora McGrath in Jane Campion’s romantic drama film “The Piano,” despite having had little acting experience.
2. For her performance, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11, making her the second-youngest winner in Oscar history.
3. Paquin was a successful child actress, receiving multiple Young Artist Award nominations for her roles in “Fly Away Home”, “The Member of the Wedding”, and “A Walk on the Moon”, and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for appearing in Cameron Crowe’s comedy-drama film “Almost Famous”.
4. She played mutant super-heroine Rogue in multiple films of the X-Men franchise and was nominated for a Saturn Award for her performance in the first installment.
5. Paquin played the lead role of Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO vampire drama television series “True Blood.”
6. For her performance in the series, Paquin won the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama in 2009, and was nominated for an additional Golden Globe Award in 2010, as well as three Saturn Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2010.
7. Among other accolades, Paquin has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on the 2007 television film “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and a Golden Globe Award for her work on the 2009 television film “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.”
8. Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of Mary Paquin, an English teacher and native of Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a high school Physical Education teacher from Canada.
9. Paquin has two older siblings: Andrew (born 1977), a director, and Katya, whose partner is the Green Party of New Zealand’s former co-leader Russel Norman.
10. Paquin is of Dutch, French and Irish descent.
11. Paquin’s family moved to New Zealand when she was four.
12. Her musical childhood hobbies in New Zealand included playing the viola, cello and piano.
13. She also participated in gymnastics, ballet, swimming and downhill skiing, though she did not have any hobbies related to acting.
14. While in New Zealand, Paquin attended Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School in Lower Hutt until she was 9 years old, then Hutt Intermediate School.
15. Having begun her secondary education in Wellington at Wellington Girls’ College, she completed her high school diploma at Windward School in Los Angeles, after moving to the U.S. with her mother following her parents’ divorce.
16. She graduated from Windward School in June 2000 and completed the school’s Community Service requirement by working in a soup kitchen and at a Special Education Center.
17. She studied at Columbia University for one year but has since been on a leave of absence to continue her acting career.
18. In 1996, she appeared in two films. The first role was as young Jane in “Jane Eyre.” The other was a lead part in “Fly Away Home” playing a young girl who, after her mother dies, moves in with her father and finds solace in taking care of orphaned goslings.
19. As a teenager, she had roles in films, including “A Walk on the Moon,” “Amistad,” “Hurlyburly,” “She’s All That” and “Almost Famous as well as the English dub of Castle in the Sky.”
20. Between 2006 and 2007, she starred in, as well as executive-produced “Blue State.”
21. In November 2006, she completed the film “Margaret,” which was released in 2011.
22. She played Elaine Goodale in HBO’s made-for-TV film “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” based on Dee Brown’s best-seller.
23. In 2009, Paquin played Irena Sendler, a Polish woman hailed as a heroine of the Holocaust, in “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler,” a CBS TV film biographical film based on the book Mother of the Children of the Holocaust: The Irena Sendler Story, by Anna Mieszkowska.
24. In 2010, Paquin’s film “The Romantics,” a romantic comedy with Josh Duhamel and Katie Holmes, was released in the U.S. at selected cinemas in September.
25. She played a cameo role in “Scream 4,” alongside Kristen Bell in 2011.
26. In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting; in the video, Paquin and others told the stories of the people killed there.
27. On 5 August 2009, Paquin announced her engagement to her “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer, whom she had been dating since filming the series pilot in 2007.
28. They married on 21 August 2010 at a private residence in Malibu, California. The children of Paquin and Moyer are fraternal twins born in September 2012.
29. Through her marriage to Moyer, Paquin also has a stepson, Billy, born in 2000, and a stepdaughter, born in 2002. The family resides in Venice, Los Angeles, California.
30. On April 1, 2010, Paquin came out as bisexual in a public service announcement for the Give a Damn campaign as part of the True Colors Fund, an advocacy group organized by Cyndi Lauper dedicated to LGBT equality.