While in New Zealand, Paquin attended Hutt Intermediate School from 1994-1995, where she completed Form 1 and 2. Having begun her secondary education in Wellington, New Zealand, she completed her high school diploma at Windward School in Los Angeles, where she moved with her mother following her parents' divorce. She graduated from Windward School in June 2000 and completed the school's community service requirement by working in an LA soup kitchen and at a special education center. She studied at Columbia University for one year, but has since been on a leave of absence to continue her acting career.
When The Piano was released in 1993 it was lauded by critics, won prizes at a number of film festivals, and eventually became a popular movie among a wide audience. Paquin's debut performance in the film earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of eleven, making her the second-youngest Oscar winner in history after Tatum O'Neal. The Piano was made as a small independent movie and wasn't intended to be widely known, and Paquin and her family didn't plan to continue in the acting circles. However, she was invited to the William Morris Agency, and she kept receiving offers for new roles. She systematically refused them, but she did appear in three commercials for the phone company MCI (now Verizon). She also appeared as a voice in an audio book entitled The Magnificent Nose in 1994.
In 1996, she appeared in two movies. The first role was as young Jane in Jane Eyre. The other was a lead part in Fly Away Home playing a young girl who, after her mother dies, moves in with her father and finds solace in taking care of orphaned goslings.
In the summer of 2006, she completed filming Blue State. She executive-produced the film, the film having been made by Paquin Films, a production company formed by both her and her brother, Andrew Paquin. In November 2006, she completed Margaret. This film is now scheduled for release in 2009, according to imdb.com.
In 2007, Paquin received an Emmy Award nomination for Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for her role as Elaine Goodale in the HBO's made-for-TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, based on Dee Brown's bestseller. She also received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations in similar categories.
In 2008, Paquin appears as Sookie Stackhouse in the HBO series True Blood, her first role in a TV series. The show is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris. A second season of the show has been commissioned, and is scheduled to air in summer 2009.
Paquin lives in Venice, Los Angeles, California. Her hobbies include surfing and cycling.
|1993||The Piano||Flora McGrath|| Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated - Golden Globe
|1996||Jane Eyre||Young Jane Eyre|
|Fly Away Home||Amy Alden|
|1997||The Member of the Wedding||Frankie Addams||TV movie|
|Amistad||Queen Isabella II of Spain|
|Laputa: Castle in the Sky (Disney English dub)||Sheeta||Voice, originally released in 1986|
|1999||It's the Rage||Annabel Lee||TV movie|
|She's All That||Mackenzie Siler|
|A Walk on the Moon||Alison Kantrowitz|
|Almost Famous||Polexia Aphrodisia|
|Finding Forrester||Claire Spence|
|2001||Buffalo Soldiers||Robyn Lee||Theatrical release delayed until 2003|
|25th Hour||Mary D'Annunzio|
|2004||Steamboy (English dub)||James Ray Steam||Voice|
|2005||The Squid and the Whale||Lili Thorn|
|Joan of Arc||Joan of Arc||Voice, TV movie|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Rogue/Marie D'Ancanto|
|2007||Blue State||Chloe Hamon||Executive Producer|
|Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee||Elaine Goodale|| TV movie; Nominated - Emmy Award|
Nominated - Golden Globe
|2008||True Blood||Sookie Stackhouse||TV series|
|2009||Margaret||Lisa Cohen||Awaiting release|
|Trick 'r Treat||Laurie||Awaiting release|
|Los Angeles Film Critics Association|