Actress Spotlight: Anna Paquin

May 14, 2009

Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin photograph by Matt Jones

Anna Paquin has got to be one of the most talented actresses of this generation. She may not be conventional or another Disney-tween annoyance, but she’s an actress with potential, vulnerability and range in many roles. From her humble beginnings as a child-star to becoming a full-fledged sex-symbol … I think it’s time to showcase her many impressive feats on the big and small screen alike.

Holly Hunter & Anna Paquin in 'The Piano'

Holly Hunter & Anna Paquin in ‘The Piano’

The Piano – In Paquin’s first role on the big screen (and her Academy-Award winning role) she showed off her talents with the big dogs … i.e. Holly Hunter, Sam Neill and Harvey Keitel. The story is set in New Zealand during the 1850s surrounding a love affair and a piano (obviously). Paquin portrays young Flora: mischievous, cute and cunning to anyone that might cross her path. While some critics say that Paquin portraying a child (while a child) was easy at the time … Those people can just fuck off. Acting is all about emotions and Paquin had plenty of them in this film.

Diane Lane & Anna Paquin in 'A Walk on the Moon'

Diane Lane & Anna Paquin in 'A Walk on the Moon'

A Walk on the Moon – Don’t let the happy-go-lucky picture above fool anyone … this movie is fucked-up, emotional and full of sex, rebellious behavior and lies. When I first came across the movie, I thought it would be a good, family-fun flick I could watch with anyone … I was dead wrong. Although Paquin is not the main character in this film, the viewer watches her downfall as a young teenager in the ’60s. The scene where Paquin has her first period is side-splitting (get ready for the slap) and watching Paquin’s youthful, naive face dim into darkness as her mother faces an affair at Woodstock is masterful.

Anna Paquin as Rogue in 'X-Men'

Anna Paquin as Rogue in 'X-Men'

X-Men – I was super excited when I found out Paquin was playing Rogue in the X-Men franchise … Rogue was my favorite character and I wanted someone amazing to portray her. Although Rogue is in all three films, the first X-Men showcased Paquin’s talents the most. The whole storyline with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Rogue was really captivating and entertaining for me to watch. Plus,¬† it was a nice change of pace to see a young and vulnerable Rogue in the film … Rather than the tough and savvy Rogue seen in the comic series. I also thought the whole back story with how Rogue got her infamous white streak in her hair was intriguing and new. Personally, I thought that Paquin stole many scenes in this film (I love when she borrows Wolverine’s power after he stabs her … genius!) and helped make it the best out of the four X-Men flicks. Paquin mastered this role with great finesse and showed that even an Academy-Award winning actress can suit up and play a superhero.

Jesse Eisenberg & Anna Paquin in 'The Squid and the Whale'

Jesse Eisenberg & Anna Paquin in 'The Squid and the Whale'

The Squid and the Whale – It’s kind of funny how Hollywood works … one year Paquin can play the daughter to Jeff Daniels in Fly Away Home and just a short ten years later, she’ll play his love interest. Not that this is a reason to see the movie … I just think it’s an interesting fun fact. Nevertheless, this tale of divorce kind of played under the radar … but I love the fact Paquin plays a sex-symbol … and she is plenty convincing in her role as a tramp.

Anna Paquin, Rutina Wesley & Sam Trammell in 'True Blood'

Anna Paquin, Rutina Wesley & Sam Trammell in 'True Blood'

True Blood – An original series on HBO … Paquin plays Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress in Louisiana who falls in love with a vampire. The series is based upon the acclaimed novels by Charlaine Harris and follows the lives of the people in Bon Temps, Louisiana, after vampires and other un-worldly creatures “come out of the coffin.” This is Paquin’s first long-time character … and I must say, it’s about fucking time. She’s amazing to watch in this series, it’s fun, daring, sexy and massively entertaining, but come on, I think a Golden Globe win can speak for itself.


3 Responses to “Actress Spotlight: Anna Paquin”

  1. harveywallbanger99 said

    um, what about blue state & don’t even get me started on the (lacking) attention she got as a “band aide” in Almost Famous…

    • projectryan said

      still haven’t seen ‘Blue State’ … but, I think she had some of the best lines in ‘Almost Famous’

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