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Overview (3)

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Birth NameAnna Helene Paquin
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win.

She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old. Her first acting job ever was at age nine in the film The Piano (1993), which she ended up being cast in because it was shot in New Zealand. At age 16, she relocated to Los Angeles where she completed her last two years of high school (graduating in 2000). She then moved to New York where she attended Columbia University for one year. Between 2001 and 2004 she worked almost exclusively on stage in both New York and London. In 2007 Anna was cast in HBO's "True Blood", which concluded shooting its 7th and final season in 2014.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anon

Spouse (1)

Stephen Moyer (21 August 2010 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Gap in teeth
Husky voice
Petite figure

Trivia (44)

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. [1997]
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 an older brother, Andrew Paquin, a film producer, with whom she was working on Blue State (2007), and a sister, Katya.
Father, Brian, is a physical education teacher. Mother, Mary, is an English teacher.
Her parents are divorced.
One of the few actors or actresses to win an Academy Award without being a professional actor beforehand. Anna didn't plan on acting, even when she went to audition for the part that won her an Oscar. She was accompanying her sister to the audition.
Used to play the cello.
When she was younger, she wanted to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand, or a lawyer.
Speaks French.
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". [2002]
College classmate of Julia Stiles at Columbia University.
Is a fan of the alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails and The Beatles.
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. [2005]
On 1 April 1996 on the Late Show with David Letterman Dave has a man on briefly who had shot for a million dollars the night before from halfway at a basketball game but missed and offered him $10,000 to try a shorter shot on stage but he missed again. The man left and Anna walked on stage immediately and Dave who was still holding the money in his hand made the same offer to Anna who, without any prep, effortlessly made the shot. Dave handed her the money immediately and they got on with the show. The next night Dave had Anna on briefly to explain he couldn't give her the money but could donate it in her name to charity. There were no hard feelings shown.
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 The Greatest: 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 Women of 2008 list.
Announced her engagement to Stephen Moyer, having been in a relationship since February 2009 after meeting on the set of True Blood (2008), after he proposed to her on a beach in Hawaii (5 August 2009).
Among the guests at her wedding to Stephen Moyer were Alan Ball, Ryan Kwanten, Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Carrie Preston and Elijah Wood.
Mentioned on Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #16.176 (2009) that she had recently seen her first movie The Piano (1993) for the first time in her life.
Went to Columbia University in New York, but left after a year and did not graduate in order to pursue acting.
Stepmother of Stephen Moyer's children Billy (b. 2000) and Lilac (b. 2002).
Was ranked #84 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2010 list.
Ranked #51 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
She is naturally brunette but has kept her hair blonde since she started playing Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood (2008).
Was 6 months pregnant with her twins when she completed filming the 5th season of True Blood (2008).
Returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her twins to begin filming the 6th season of True Blood (2008).
(August 21, 2010) Married her boyfriend of 3 years, Stephen Moyer, following a year-long engagement.
Gave birth to her twins (her 1st & 2nd children) at age 30, a son Charlie Moyer & a daughter Poppy Moyer in September 2012. Children's father is her husband, Stephen Moyer.
Her paternal grandfather was of French-Canadian descent. Her surname is French. Her other ancestry is Irish, Dutch, and English.
Starring in the Off-Broadway production of "After Ashley". [February 2005]
Working on True Blood (2008), an HBO series. [2007]
Returning to continue her studies at Columbia University in New York. [January 2003]
Starring in Neil LaBute's Off-Broadway play, "The Distance from Here." [May 2004]
Working on True Blood (2008). [February 2010]
Filming Blue State (2007) in Canada. [April 2006]
Ranked #78 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
She is the first person born in the 1980s, and the first millennial, to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting (for 1993's The Piano), and the first one to win. The first male born in the 1980s to have received an acting Oscar nomination was Haley Joel Osment (Best Supporting Actor for The Sixth Sense (1999)), and the first, and thus far only, millennial male to have won an acting Oscar is Eddie Redmayne (Best Actor for The Theory of Everything (2014)).

Personal Quotes (5)

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.
You'll live a full and happy life if your pursue things you think are important and live the life you want to live.
[on her bisexuality] For me, it's not really an issue because I'm someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing. It's not made up. It's not a lack of decision. It's not being greedy or numerous other ignorant things I've heard at this point. For a bisexual, it's not about gender. That's not the deciding factor for who they're attracted to.
[speaking about equality for The Elton John Give a Damn Campaign] I'm Anna Paquin. I'm bisexual and I give a damn.

Salary (2)

True Blood (2008) $75,000 /episode
True Blood (2008) $275,000 per episode (2013-2014)

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