Who Is Anna Paquin, Anyway?

Anna Paquin has been steaming up the small screen with her role as Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s “True Blood”. But we realized we know very little about this actress, except that she starred opposite Holly Hunter in “The Piano” at age nine and took on the role of Rogue in the “X-Men” franchise as a teen. That’s quite an expanse of time and we knew she had to have been up to something. You know, keeping her name out there. So after the jump find out how Paquin spends her time and who she spends it with.LOVES: Paquin definitely has a thing for brunettes, but unlike other starlets her age, she hasn’t had any highly gossiped relationships. She dated Logan Marshall-Green, who is best known for his recurring role on “The O.C.”. In 2004, they attended the 58th Annual Tony Awards together, but broke up in 2005. That same year, Paquin starred in the Off-Broadway production of “After Ashley” with Kieran Culkin, and the pair were romantically linked in 2006. She also supposedly dated Joaquin Phoenix while filming “Buffalo Soldiers”. Now Paquin is dating Stephen Moyer, her “True Blood” co-star. This explains why they have so much chemistry on-screen, especially since the romance took-off soon after they filmed the pilot. Although Moyer is about 11 years her senior and has two children from previous relationships, we’re hoping this relationship lasts because we’d hate to see the show suffer. Oh yeah, and we want them to be happy too.

CAREER: Paquin became an actress by chance. Director Jane Campion was holding auditions for a little girl to play a key role in “The Piano”. Paquin tagged along with her sister, who wanted to audition, because she had nothing better to do. But it was Paquin who ended up impressing Campion. Who would have guessed that chance encounter would lead Paquin to be the second youngest Oscar winner in history after Tatum O’Neal? She won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Piano” at age 11. Since then, she has worked with two of the most-acclaimed movie directors, Spike Lee (“25th Hour”) and Stephen Spielberg (“Amistad”). You may also remember her as Mackenzie Siler in “She’s All That”. Or her role as Polexia Aphrodisia in “Almost Famous”. Paquin was nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”. But as I mentioned above, Paquin is also a stage actor and made her theatrical debut in 2001 in the Off-Broadway production of “The Glory of the Living”, for which she won a 2001-2002 Theater World Award. She has since done a number of plays, including “This Is Our Youth” on the West End stage in London.

CREW: Paquin seems a little too down-to-earth and artsy to have an entourage, but she and her brother Andrew formed a production company, Paquin Films, which produced “Blue State”, a rom-com starring Paquin about a disgruntled Democrat who moves to Canada after John Kerry loses the presidential election to George W. Bush. Paquin also stars in the production company’s next film, “Margaret”, which is awaiting release. Additionally, she’s been pals with Gaby Hoffman for years, still maintains a friendship with Kieran Culkin, and went to school with Julia Stiles at Columbia University.

Random Facts: Since she was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand, Paquin cannot vote in the U.S., but she considers herself a liberal; she’s also a vegetarian.

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