Anna Paquin: Double Globen Globe Nomination Reaction

December 17, 2009 by  

anna-paquin-sookieAnna Paquin, who plays telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood, received two separate Golden Globe nominations this year.

Paquin received the nominations for her role as Sookie (for which she won the same award earlier this year) and for her part in the movie The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. She is known for her performance in The Piano which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1994, making her the second youngest winner in history at the age of 11. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Rogue in the X-Men movies and currently, as Sookie in the vampire series, True Blood. Anna, who hails from New Zealand, was apparently in bed when she received the news from her publicist. She quips,

“It was 5 in the morning. I was in bed. It was all very surprising. It’s not considered nice to wake people up at 6 in the morning. No one likes that […] But I emailed my family.”

It’s been a hectic period for Anna as shooting has started for True Blood. And as she reveals, although she’s flattered about the nominations, she’s also been preoccupied with the True Blood shoot,

“Honestly, our show just went back two weeks ago, so it’s been pretty hectic […] And, you know, Christmas is coming up and my family is coming into town. I’ve just sort of been focusing on that stuff. It came upon me quite suddenly […] It’s very flattering and a great honour. I’m very happy with what I have. If anything else comes of it, that’s wonderful, but it’s really wonderful already.”

Anna, the consummate actress, acknowledges the contrast between her role as Sookie and as Irena Sendler, the Polish social worker who was responsible for smuggling 2,500 Jewish children to safety during the World War 2. The movie, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, is based on Anna Mieszkowska’s book The Mother of the Holocaust Children. Anna Paquin explains,

“That’s what I love about acting. I could be a part of this amazing story about someone so young who could do so much. She was so brave and so strong and incredibly impressive. And then there’s Sookie, who is really flawed, but she really means well and she’s always kind of getting herself into trouble and ends up in these wildly bad situations that she can kind of get herself out of but always ends up needing to be rescued.”

When asked about the perceived snub True Blood received at the Emmys, Anna very generously replies,

“It was our first season […] I mean, come on! We’re still a brand new show. I think it’s amazing that we’re getting noticed and that people are watching it at all. I always say it takes a while for new shows to catch on so any attention people are paying to us is the cherry on top.”

As to where she keeps the statuette from last year, Anna wittily reveals,

“It’s sitting in a cabinet under my sink next to my Oscar.”


Picture credit: HBO Inc.