Why we love Anna Paquin
Anna Paquin never meant to get into films, we're told. Born in Canada but growing up in New Zealand, she went along to an audition for 1993 weepy film The Piano at the age of nine as two of her friends were going and it seemed like a good way to pass the time – and she was picked out of five thousand kids who applied. We used to play football because our friends were doing it and it seemed like a good way to pass the time, but we've never received critical acclaim for it. What gives?
Despite this early success Anna Paquin didn't really return to stardom until 2000 (despite appearing in a couple of telephone ads in the 90's) when she took on the role of Rogue in X-Men - remember, the Southern-sounding one with the red hair and the ability to drain the powers out of other mutants? We felt bad for her when she and Iceman couldn't be together, on account of her sucking the lifeforce out of him like a hoover stuck in a can of beans. Well. We felt bad for Iceman too, but that's just cause we were projecting.
Since then, Anna Paquin's been in a whole bunch of stuff – mainly focused in America, which is why you might not have heard of much of it – but also, of course, True Blood. She plays psychic protagonist Sookie Stackhouse, who gets busy with Vampires on account of not being able to read their minds, and therefore able to get a moment's peace around them. Which is nice, no?
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