Anna Paquin: A Child Star No More

March 22, 2010 by  

Everyone has heard the story of some child stars—they’re so cute as the children we see in movies and on TV, but then they’re no longer in the spotlight and most people have no idea what happened. That disappearing act doesn’t always happen, though. There are a few stars who are even more famous now, as adults, than they were as child stars.

Anna Paquin is one of those lucky few who didn’t get stuck being famous for being a cute child. Of course, pretty much everyone knows nowadays that at the tender age of 11, Anna won an Oscar for playing Flora McGrath in The Piano, making her the second youngest child to ever win the coveted award. She, and very few others, could get past that designation.

Thanks to Anna‘s continued work, even as she grew into the beautiful and talented woman she is now, Anna soared past expectations that she’d remain a child star and not move into the world of adult actors. Entertainment Weekly recently put together a list of 13 child stars who made the jump from child star to adult star, and Anna was put at number 7 on their list.

Other actors included in the list were the effervescent Neil Patrick Harris, Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster, Ryan Gosling, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Natalie Portman. Each of these stars were cute, and great talents as kids, and though the paths some of their lives led were rocky, they all survived adolescence and came out as incredibly talented adults who still have very loyal fan bases.

Of course, famous as they all are, not all of them have had as much success as Anna has. After all, Anna isn’t only a screen actress with great credits behind her name (the X-Men trilogy, Almost Famous, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, etc), she also has credits as a voice actor for the American voice cast of Miyazaki‘s Castle in the Sky and Stan Lee‘s Mosaic. And now that Anna plays the lovable Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood, I’m sure that we’ll continue to see even more amazing performances from her that will grant her even more awards and recognition from her peers.

SOURCES:

EW.com

IMDb.com

(Photo credit: IMDb.com)

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  • Right on Nia!! Anna has a sound head on her shoulders and has great taste in men – I mean Stephen Moyer! Lucky girl!

    Anna is a great actress, preferring ‘arthouse’ style of movies (quality) and she is a fantastic Sookie Stackhouse – much better than the book version!

    I don’t think we will get any drug/alcohol/ hissy spitting goss from this gal!

    Go True Blood!

    • CrazyforBill

      Lizzie and Nia,
      I just love how you brought Steve into this conversation!
      I agree that Anna has made the transition from child star to adulthood extremely well. She has made wise choices in her career, and is a well-adjusted and grounded person.
      OK, OK, maybe the wisest ones were go after the part of Sookie and then to say yes to Steve’s proposal, LOL!
      I also wish them a lifetime of happiness and professional success.

  • Nia

    Thank you Isis for the wonderful article on our Anna.
    It is to often sad when a child star falls upon hard times only because they “grew up”. It is truly rare when a child star makes the smooth transition to adult star.

    I am very happy for Anna in her professional career as well as in her personal happiness with her handsome fiance’ Stephen.
    It will be fun to follow their careers throughout their lives.