Anna Paquin is a New Zealand Canadian American actress of Irish, Dutch and French descent. Paquin has lived in many places, including Manitoba, Wellington, New Zealand, and Los Angeles. She is known for her leading role in The Piano, for which she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the age of eleven, making her the second-youngest winner in the history of Oscars.
Anna Paquin was born in Manitoba on July 24, 1982, the daughter of Mary Paquin (née Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and her husband Brian Paquin, a Canadian high school physical education teacher.
Paquin moved with her family to New Zealand when she was four years old. She attended the Rudolf Steiner School of Raphael House in Lower Hutt until she was nine years old. As a child, Paquin’s interests were more focused on sports and dance. Her hobbies included playing the viola, cello, and piano, gymnastics, ballet, skiing, and swimming.
After high school, she attended Hutten Intermediate School from 1994-95. She began secondary school in Wellington at Wellington Girl’s College but graduated from Winward College in Los Angeles after her parents’ divorce and she moved there with her mother. Anna graduated in June 2000 and moved to Columbia University, an Ivy League institution, and one of the most difficult schools to reach in the states. She managed a one-year residency before the call to the big screen forced her to end her acting career.
Paquin decided to audition for “The Piano” because her older sister and her girlfriend wanted to go too, but director Jane Campion was so impressed with Anna (who was nine years old at the time) that she was immediately chosen from among 5000 other candidates.
The film won a number of awards, and after a while, it became popular among many film lovers. Paquin won an Oscar for her excellent portrayal of the character of Flora and became the second-youngest Oscar winner after Tatum O’Neal. Paquin had no intention of continuing with acting, but she tried her hand at acting in several films, and finally, after a year at Columbia University, she dived headlong into acting again.
In 1996 she acted in two films: Jane Eyre and Fly Away Home. In both films, she had a leading role. In 2000 Paquin went into the Xmen world. She played the role of the mutated superheroine in X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Fight, and X-Men: Days of the Future and Past. In the years 2006-2011, she played the leading role in various movies and TV shows. In 2008 she was cast as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood9, her first role in a television series. After True Blood, she took a break and returned to the business in 2014.
Anna Paquin and several other stars told how people died in a video released in June 2016 of the human rights campaign commemorating the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando in 2016. Paquin starred in the Canadian crime drama Bellevue and was next in the directorial debut of her husband, The Parting Glass.
Anna Paquin has been married to her co-star in the HBO hit series True Blood, Stephen Moyer, since 21 August 2010. The English actor was born on 11 October 1969 in Brentwood, Essex. He attended a comprehensive school in Hutton, Essex; St. Martin’s.
Anna and her husband have been together since the premiere of True Blood in 2007 and became engaged in 2009. They have fraternal twins together; Charlie and Poppy. They live in Los Angeles.
Anna Paquin’s Children, Family Life
Anna Paquin has four children. Two stepchildren from her husband’s former relationship and two she had with her husband. The first stepchild comes from Stephen’s first marriage; one son. The second is a daughter from his relationship with Lorien Haynes, a journalist. Twins Charlie and Poppy, born a few weeks early in September 2012. Although the parents talked about how difficult and stressful it is to raise twins, they would not give them up for the world.
In April 2010 Anna Paquin revealed that she is bisexual and has always stood up for LGBT rights. She is against the view that bisexuality is a choice.
She has two siblings, both older than her; Andrew, born in 1977, is a director. Her other sibling Katya, born in 1980, is married to Russell Norman, an environmentalist, politician, and former co-chair of the Green Party in New Zealand.