|Name: Anna Helene Paquin
Date of Birth: July 24, 1982
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Hair: Blonde (but real color is brown)
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With a well-developed vocabulary and gentle sense of humor, Anna Paquin has proven herself to be one of the most enchanting young actors working today. Paquin’s rising stardom has often caused her embarrassment, at these times it is obvious that she is an ordinary girl who happens to possess an extraordinary talent.
Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but her parents, both teachers, moved to New Zealand, and so at age six she traveled down under. Paquin admits that she never set out to be an actress. « I wanted to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, » she recalls, with a laugh. « Or failing that, a lawyer. The courtroom type – that always seemed like it would be fun. »
The youngest of three, Paquin made her stage debut in the coveted role of a skunk in a grade school play. « I leapt on stage and then skipped off, » she recalls.
After attracting attention for her work in a TV commercial, Paquin was selected from 5,000 applicants to portray Holly Hunter’s precocious daughter in director Jane Campion’s dour period piece The Piano (1993). The film was completed in 1992 when Paquin was nine. She kept busy for the next year or so in a series of American TV ads for a computer company, portraying an androgynous « young DaVinci » type.
In 1994, an amazed 11-year-old Paquin rushed onto the stage of the Academy Awards to accept the best supporting actress award for her performance in The Piano (1993). « I was in a state of shock, » she admits. « I thought I was going to sit in the audience, going clap, clap, clap with everyone else while some other actor went up to get the award. Instead, I was the one going up there, in front of hundreds of people. » She became the second youngest person to win an Academy Award.
Shortly after the awards, she appeared in two more starring roles in the films Jane Eyre (1996), playing the young Jane and Fly Away Home (1996), in which she played goose-loving Amy Alden.
In 1997, Anna made a cameo in Stephen Spielberg’s Amistad (1997). While filming the movie in Montreal, Paquin made a sidetrip to Toronto to film five TV commercials for the telephone company of her old hometown Winnipeg. Paquin delivered the commercials in a variety of costumes in her Canadian accent rather than her New Zealand one.
After completing A Walk On The Moon (1999), Paquin took a one year hiatus to consider her future. By 1998 her decision was made. During that year, she graduated to her first adult role in Hurly Burly. This adaptation of David Rabe’s well-known play about the intersecting lives of several Hollywood players and wannabes included Paquin’s first nude scene. But due to the US laws against minors in sex scenes, a double was sent in Paquin’s place to complete the scene.
In 1999, she appeared in the romantic comedy She’s All That (1999). In the year 2000, she came out with three films, Almost Famous (2000), Finding Forrester (2000), and the sci-fi hit X-Men (2000). Since then, she has reprised her role as X-Men’s Rogue in the sequel X2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
When not filming, Paquin tries to have as normal life as possible. She is a vegetarian who is fluent in French, can play the cello, and enjoys listening to alternative music, running, playing piano, singing, swimming, downhill skiing, reading, and knitting.
*She is a vegetarian.
*While filming the movie Amistad (1997) in Montreal during the summer, she made a side-trip to Toronto to film 5 TV commercials for the telephone company of her old hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She delivers the commercials in a variety of costumes in her Canadian accent rather than her New Zealand one. 
*She keeps her Oscar in her bedroom closet so her friends won’t see it and feel the need to comment on it.
*She enjoys photography.
*Family moved to New Zealand when Anna was 4.
*Has a brother, Andrew Paquin, a film producer, with whom she is working on Blue State (2007)), and a sister, Katya.
*She plays the cello.
*Father, Brian, is a physical education teacher. Mother, Mary, is an English teacher.
*Her parents are divorced.
*Hobbies: rugby; running; playing the piano; singing; gymnastics; swimming; downhill skiing; reading and knitting.
*Enjoys listening to alternative music.
*When she was younger, she wanted to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand, or a lawyer.
*Is the first New Zealander to receive an Oscar for best supporting actress, and is the second-youngest Oscar winner ever.
*Is a fan of The Beatles.
*She has 2 cats and 1 dog.
*Graduated from Windward School in West Los Angeles, California in June 2000; she completed the school’s community service requirement by working in an LA soup kitchen and at a special education center.
*One of Teen People Magazine’s « 25 Hottest Stars under 25« . 
college classmate of Julia Stiles.
*Is a fan of the alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails.
*She was the original choice to play the character of Enola in Kevin Costner’s Waterworld (1995) but, eventually, the role fell to Tina Majorino.
*Attending Columbia University. 
*When on a talk show, the host told her he would give her $10,000 if she could shoot a basketball into a hoop. She did, but he refused to pay. After bad press he gave her the money which she donated to charity.
*Played the daughter of Jeff Daniels in Fly Away Home (1996) and then his romantic partner in The Squid and the Whale (2005) nine years later.
*Was number 93 on vh1′s « 100 Greatest Kid Stars » (2005).
*Has kept in close contact with Shawn Ashmore (Iceman/Bobby Drake) and Aaron Stanford (John Allerdyce/Pyro) after filming X2 (2003).
*Though she was born in Canada she considers herself a Kiwi from New Zealand since she grew up there.
*Ranked #50 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
*Dating her « True Blood » (2008) co-star Stephen Moyer .
*Confirmed that she is engaged to her longtime boyfriend and co-star Stephen Moyer [August 2009].
« None of the characters I’ve played are really like me. That would be boring. It wouldn’t be acting. »
« Everything about being a teenager and not feeling like you fit in is just magnified by being a mutant! »
« If I don’t do laundry today, I’m gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow. »
« There are very few films or plays or anything about really happy people with perfect lives. Everyone is usually screwed up in some way and that is usually where the work comes in – figuring out how to make it believable and make it real to present someone’s problems that you don’t necessarily actually know anything about. I mean it is not challenging to be happy all the time. I don’t think I could do it! »
« I just do what feels right. I think the great thing about getting to do what I do is that you can try out being a different person without having to screw up your life to do it. »
« I’m not very political. I’m also not American and I don’t get to vote so my feelings are not really relevant. »
« I like old things…just thinking about where they’ve been. »
« The most rebellious thing I’ve ever done is not going to be written about in an article that my mother’s going to read, so we can forget about that. I’m going to leave that up your imagination. »
« I like hiding somewhere, like, say on abus street in a doorway, and taking pictures without people knowing – which sounds really creepy….You get some of the most interesting pictures because people are walking past not realising you’re there. »
Anna love animals. She has two dogs. Banjo and Splash.
Splash here. It Stephen Moyer’s dog
And Bonjo here. Paquin’s dog
Here a preview, Anna with her dogs (more pictures?)
Anna with others animals:
« True Blood » co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer stepped away from the world of vampires and shape-shifters to explore their softer sides at Sea World in San Diego this past Sunday. The couple, who are romantically linked on and off screen, spent time cuddling with a feathered friend at the Penguin Encounter attraction.
Anna Paquin loves animal and support www.gooddoganimalrescue.com
Anna Paquin and Stephn Moyer showed up to benefit Good Dog Anicmal Rescue and raised over $4000 for the company throgh donations and a silent auction.
The recently engaged True Blood stars just adopted a dog from Good Dog Animal Rescue and are very supportive of the cause! The engaged couple spent over 30 minutes in the park playing with the rescue dogs and chatting with fellow supporters.
Anna Paquin and her « Rescued » Good Dog Animal Rescue Puppy: Banjo!! If you want buy same T-shirt like Anna, send an e-mail here: @
Anna’s tattoo consists of a scripted letter A on her ankle. The tattoo is visible when she wears her shoes.
The second tatto is a small circle on her left wrist
Moyer was born in Brentwood, Essex. He attended St Martin’s School, a comprehensive school in Hutton, Essex, and graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
He became Brentwood Theatre’s first patron in October 2007, especially supporting their « Reaching Out, Building On » campaign to help fund the 2008 completion of backstage facilities.
After graduating from LAMDA, Stephen Moyer worked in theatre for five years. He worked with the National Theatre of Wales, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Oxford Stage Company, work which included going on tour and playing Romeo in productions of Romeo and Juliet. He then made the transition to television and film.
Brother: Andrew Paquin
Andrew was born in 1977.
Andrew Paquin recently joined Buffalo Gal Pictures working as a producer on the feature film Chilled in Miami. Andrew is based in Los Angeles. This is now his second film in Winnipeg having produced the feature film Blue State which was acquired by MGM after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Blue State stars his sister, Anna Paquin, and Breckin Meyer.
Previously, Andrew worked as a development executive at Warner Bros. based production company Milk & One Sugar. He has a background in finance having worked for the private equity fund Blum Capital and as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in the M&A group. He graduated from Harvard University in 2000.
Sister: Katya Paquin
She was born in 1980 and represented New Zealand in The World Debate Championship and won!
In recent interview, Katya talk about her battles a brain tumour, first diagnosed in 2005.
Father: Brian Paquin
Brian was born in 1952. He’s a physical education teacher.
Mother: Mary Paquin
1993 – LAFCA Award – Best Supporting Actress for The Piano
1994 – Academy Awards – Best Supporting Actress for The Piano
2001 – Online Film Critics Society Awards – Best Ensemble Cast Performance for Almost Famous
2005 – Gotham Awards – Best Ensemble Cast for The Squid and the Whale
2008 – Satellite Award – Best Actress in a Series, Drama for True Blood
2009 – Golden Globe Award – Best Actress in a Television Drama Series for True Blood
2009 – Scream Award – Best Actress in a Horror Movie or TV Show for True Blood
1994 – Golden Globe Award – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for The Piano
1997 – YoungStar Award – Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film for Fly Away Home
1997 – Young Artist Award – Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress for Fly Away Home
1998 – Young Artist Award – Best Performance in a TV Movie/Pilot/Mini-Series – Leading Young Actress for The Member of the Wedding
1999 – YoungStar Award – Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama Film for A Walk On The Moon
2000 – Young Artist Award – Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress for A Walk On The Moon
2001 – Screen Actors Guild Award – Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for Almost Famous
2001 – Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films – Best Performance by a Younger Actor for X-Men
2001 – Saturn Award – Best Performance by a Younger Actor for X-Men
2001 – Blockbuster Entertainment Award – Favorite Actress – Science Fiction for X-Men
2003 – Teen Choice Award – Choice Movie Chemistry for X2: X-Men United
2004 – MTV Movie Awards 2 nominations:
- Best Kiss for X2: X-Men United
- Best On-Screen Team for X2: X-Men United
2007 – Emmy Award – Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
2008 – Golden Globe Award – Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
2008 – Screen Actors Guild Award – Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
2009 – Saturn Award – Best Actress in Television for True Blood
2009 – Teen Choice Award – Choice Summer TV Star: Female for True Blood
2010 – People’s Choice Award – Favorite TV Drama Actress for True Blood
2010 – Golden Globe Award – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for True Blood
2010 – Golden Globe Award – Best Performance by an Actress In a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television for The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
2010-Golden Globes Awards – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama for True Blood
2010 – Screen Actors Guild Awards – Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for “True Blood”
Bryan Singer: « Anna is fantastic. (She can cry on commands(orders)«