Anna Paquin

When she was 9, Anna Paquin went with her sister to an audition for the part of Flora McGrath in a small film called The Piano in New Zealand. From 5,000 kids, she was chosen: Two years later, Paquin found herself shyly delivering an acceptance speech for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress—it’s worth looking up on YouTube; she can barely see over the podium. Today, she remains the second-youngest person ever to receive an Oscar. “When we got back to New Zealand, there were people with cameras who followed me to and from school,” she says, slumping back into a booth in a diner on Hudson Street. “I was like, ‘That’s weird, why do you care?’? 

Now 24, and appearing in the HBO film Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Anna Paquin has been working as an actor for fifteen years and, talking to her, nothing could be more obvious. 

(Source: New York Magazine)

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