Yesterday was Anna Paquin’s birthday! She got her start in historical costume movies with an amazing turn at age 11 in The Piano, and she’s gone in and out of our genre since then. Let’s take a spin through Paquin’s oeuvre, shall we? Because it’s always fun to say “oeuvre”!
The Piano (1993)
Paquin won the Oscar for her performance as the child of a mute woman who goes to New Zealand for an arranged marriage, and it was a well-deserved win. It’s hard to decide who is more mesmerizing, Holly Hunter or Paquin!
Jane Eyre (1996)
As the young Jane in the Charlotte Gainsbourg/William Hurt version.
She’s only a bit part in this story of a slave revolt in early America, but her turn as Queen Isabella II of Spain is great for showing how plain bizarre it is to have a child making important state decisions.
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen have a lot of sex in the 1960s; Paquin play’s Lane’s daughter.
She’s the wife of a Native American doctor in this not-perfect but interesting look at the Wounded Knee massacre.
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009)
Paquin played Irena Sendler, a Polish social worker who smuggled approximately 2,500 Jewish children to safety during World War II, in this TV movie.
She starts off as the consummate Southern belle, but it turns out she has some Opinions about slavery in the rebooted Roots.
Alias Grace (2017)
She’s a Canadian woman caught in a weird place — officially the housekeeper, in reality the mistress of her master. Things don’t go well…
Tell It to the Bees
With Holliday Grainger in this 1950s British drama.
What’s your favorite Anna Paquin role? (No, True Blood doesn’t count…)