Fans can get a double dose of Anna Paquin this week as HBO’s True Blood returns for its sixth season the same time the actress makes her debut in WIGS’ new webseries Susanna.
In Susanna, which debuts tomorrow (6/14) on the WIGS YouTube channel, Anna plays Katie, a new mother who is suffering from postpartum depression and the older sister to investment banker Susanna (Lost’s Maggie Grace). WIGS offers short films and documentaries all starring female leads. Past WIGS series have starred Julia Stiles, Maura Tierney and Jennifer Beals, among others. Stephen Moyer was seen last year in the Wigs production of, “Jan.”
How did you initially get involved with WIGS?
Anna Paquin: Jon Avnet, [the director/producer who launched WIGS], is a really old friend of my husband’s and our families are really good friends. Stephen did one for him like two years ago when they were first launching the WIGS project. Jon and I had been talking about wanting to do something together for ages. He wrote this a year or so ago, so we did it.
Tell us about your role in Susanna.
Paquin: Katie is a single mom. Her kid is not specifically eating or drinking, and she’s on her own. She has been incredibly stressed and she’s falling apart. Then on the polar opposite, you have Maggie’s character who is the perfectly organized, put-together business woman who doesn’t have any desire to have children whatsoever at that point, who ends up in the middle of a thunderstorm in these particular days of Katie’s life.
This role comes in the wake of you having your own children. Did you relate to Katie’s plight at all?
Paquin: It’s not so much that. It’s just that these are the kind of things that should be talked about more openly. It’s a really detailed and beautifully written portrait. It does feel very real. It’s hopefully the kind of thing that will make people feel like they can discuss this kind of stuff more openly.
Why do you think WIGS is important for women to watch?
Paquin: As an actress, I’ve found that there’s not an enormous amount of really interesting material for women that’s not sappy and sentimental. What Jon and others have done by putting a creative emphasis on female stories, if possible written by females and driven by women, I think that’s really amazing. I can’t think of anyone else who’s doing anything like that. I was really proud to be part of it.
Was it nice to step out of the Sookie Stackhouse role for a bit?
Paquin: I was doing this over my weekends in the middle of shooting [Laughs]. It’s not like I was doing it in any one long chunk and getting to stay in it. I was going back and forth, but it’s always fun to do new things and new characters.