With her work in films and theater, Academy Award winning actress Anna Paquin has displayed a range of emotions and a wealth of talent well beyond her years.
Anna currently stars in HBO’s True Blood, which marks her first foray into series television. True Blood is based on the “Southern Vampire” book series by Charlaine Harris, and premiered on HBO in September 2008. Anna won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse in 2009 and was nominated again in 2010.
The versatile actress stunned the world in 1993 with her film debut as the daughter of the bride of an arranged marriage in Jane Campion’s The Piano. Anna’s performance opposite cast members Holly Hunter (who won the Academy Award for Best Actress), Sam Neill, and Harvey Keitel led to her winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11 years old.
Anna also received an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Elaine Goodale Eastman in HBO’s original movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”, opposite Adam Beach and Aidan Quinn.
Prior to taking the role of Sookie, Anna was perhaps best known as Rogue from the popular X-Men franchise, a part she played in three films and will reprise in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. She has also appeared in Blue State (which she co-produced with her brother Andrew Paquin, under their banner Paquin Films), Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and The Whale (winning Best Ensemble Cast at the 2005 IFP Gotham Awards), Spike Lee’s 25th Hour opposite Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Rosario Dawson, Buffalo Soldiers opposite Joaquin Pheonix and Ed Harris, Gus Van Sant’s Finding Forester with F. Murray Abraham and Sean Connery for Columbia Pictures, Cameron Crowe’s Academy Award winning Almost Famous, Robert Iscove’s She’s All That, A Walk on the Moon for Dustin Hoffman’s Punch Productions, Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, Carroll Ballard’s Fly Away Home with Jeff Daniels and Franco Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre.
On stage Anna received a Drama Desk nomination as Best Lead Actress for her stage debut in Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living for director Phillip Seymour Hoffman at New York’s MCC Theater. She followed that critically acclaimed performance with the first West End production of Kenneth Lonergan’s This is Our Youth co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hayden Christensen in London. Other stage credits include After Ashley directed by Terry Kinney at The Vineyard Theatre and Neil Labute’s dark drama The Distance from Here (Drama Desk Award for “Best Play” and won for “Best Cast Ensemble”).
Anna married co-star Stephen Moyer in Malibu, CA on August 21, 2010. The pair met during auditions for True Blood and kept their relationship a secret for about a year before going public. Anna and Stephen welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, in September 2012.