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Interview with Ryan Kwanten, Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin on E!
Anna takes home the Golden Globe for Best Actress in TV Drama for True Blood.
“I was the pale brunette from New Zealand, and I’m playing the Southern tanned blonde, essentially a Hooters waitress. It wasn’t the most obvious casting choice, but I just really wanted it and I didn’t stop until they said yes.”
How did winning a Globe compare to her Oscar win for “The Piano” at the age of 11?
“I don’t even remember that, it was very blurry and crazy,” she said. “This is quite blurry and crazy, too, but at least I’m old enough to drink and stay out past 10 p.m.” (Variety)
Paquin’s New Zealand based family were delighted with the win. Green Party co-leader Russell Norman, the partner of Anna’s sister Katya, told 3 News: “We’re absolutely thrilled and very proud of Anna.”
Anna Paquin Interviewed by Gregg LaGambina April 3rd, 2008
Anna also talks about her movie Blue State, that is out on DVD now.
At age 25, Canadian-born, New Zealand-raised actor Anna Paquin has already had a longer career than most. She won an Oscar at 11, for her performance in Jane Campion’s The Piano. She’s appeared in more than 20 films, working with directors as varied as Steven Spielberg (Amistad) and Spike Lee (25th Hour). She’s been a goose wrangler in Fly Away Home and the mutant superhero Rogue in the X-Men trilogy. When she graduated high school, she moved to New York City and enrolled in Columbia University, allowing her to work onstage, starring with Kieran Culkin in an Off-Broadway production of After Ashley. She even made her way to the London stage, working with playwright Kenneth Lonergan in a production of This Is Our Youth in the West End.
More recently, she and her brother Andrew have started a production company called Paquin Films; its first release is the politically fueled, romantic road comedy Blue State. She stars alongside Breckin Meyer, whose character decides to move to Canada after the 2004 presidential election when his candidate, John Kerry, loses to George W. Bush. Recently, The A.V. Club sat down with Paquin to discuss politics, dropping out, black leather, and claws.
The A.V. Club: You moved to New York a few years ago to attend Columbia. How is that going? Or is it over?
Anna Paquin: Well, it’s over, not because I finished, but because I kind of stopped going. I started working a lot and kind of forgot to go back.
AVC: That seems to be a concern among younger actors who decide to go to school. They get restless to get back to work. Four years away is an eternity in Hollywood. Was that a concern?
AP: Well…[Laughs.] That’s kind of a gloomy way of looking at it. No, it was actually more because I had done my first year of college straight out of high school, and I had the best time. I didn’t work [on any films], and it was the first time I hadn’t worked since I started. Then the second year came around, and everyone was getting more specific about what they really wanted to do with their lives, and I kind of already knew what I wanted to do with my life. I didn’t find it was where my focus or my attention was. I was more interested in doing my job. Things were very interesting. I started doing theater, and that in and of itself is like an education as far as being an actor, because I had never done it before, and it’s really hard.
Mr. Skin.com selected our very own Anna Paquin for the best First Time Celebrity Nude Scene and Lizzy Kaplan for Best TV Nude Scene. Congrats ladies on this dubious honour. I just nod my head and smile, hey, I am Dutch, nudity is no big deal where I come from.
Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be a video of the Television Critics Association interview Alan Ball, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer gave in Beverly Hills, California July 10, 2008.
But here are a few questions that Anna and Stephen answered.
Anna Paquin, what do you think of doing TV after doing movies all of your career?
Paquin: I think ensemble acting is the most fun, because in this case you have extraordinary people around you that you get to play with all day. I wanted to re-create the adventure and the fun and the sort of excitement of reading those books and the feeling like I had stumbled into this world. I have to see what happens.
Tell us about your character.
Paquin: She’s tough and she’s courageous and she’s smart, but she’s sweet and she’s innocent and she’s naive and she’s quite sheltered, and she is completely open-minded, which in her very small town is a little bit less common, and there’s just something about that level of enthusiasm that she has for things that are new and things that are exciting—as opposed to being frightened—that I think is really appealing. And you see that with the relationship with her grandmother that it’s fascinating. Even though she kind of gets into trouble quite frequently in the show, she’s still a very tough little girl, capable of taking care of herself.
What did you think about going blond for this role?
Paquin: I love it. Boys like to stare at blond girls—apparently it’s totally true, so it’s amusing and quite lovely. … Boys like blond girls, who knew? … It’s amazing how much someone’s voice is informed by the situation that they live in, and there is a kind of music to the Southern dialect that is very much—from an outsider perspective, obviously—a product of that sort of very hot, very sort of laid-back at times, because of that overwhelming heat, sort of environment. That was a huge part of becoming that character, and then the whole blond thing and the tan thing.
When he cast me I was a pasty brunette from New Zealand, and now I’m a Southern blonde. So you have respect and love a director who will cast someone who isn’t necessarily the most obvious choice, and who can see the potential in their actors and actually create something.
What do you think about dating vampires?
Paquin: I stopped dating vampires when I was 15, so I couldn’t possibly remember. Obviously there’s an immediate fascination and attraction between Bill and Sookie, if for no other reason than anyone else is terrified of him and she’s just dying to go up and take his drink order. And we do get to see the roller coaster of that relationship because, obviously, as I guess the title of the book would suggest, having a vampire as a boyfriend isn’t always the simplest of things to choose. So I don’t know how to say much more about it without giving away the plot.
Stephen Moyer, what do you think is different in this series?
Moyer: Something I don’t think I’ve ever seen in a series … is how you get to the end of each episode, and the episode begins where that episode ended, and that happens all the way through the season.
Are you ready for the rabid fans who have certain feelings about vampires and how they should be depicted?
Moyer: Bring them on. Everybody has their idea of what a vampire is going to be, and they are never pleased all the time, if you look at something like Interview With a Vampire and those two amazing actors, and not everybody liked what they did. Some people loved it, and I’m well aware that there’s going to be people who really like it and—
Paquin: Really hate it. How is having people who are really excited about your show ever a bad thing? I mean, come on, that’s what you hope that a show is going to have, and if they are already there, waiting to be really excited, then awesome.