In Depth Interview With Anna Paquin By Lorien Haynes

July 22, 2009 by  

Stephen Moyer, Anna PaquinLorien Haynes a freelance writer from the U.K. was in Los Angeles where she did an in depth interview with Anna Paquin of Alan Ball’s True Blood. She was able to get Anna to open up and give us so many perspectives on Anna’s life from her start as a child actor, growing up balancing childhood and fame, the grounding of family, and of course Anna’s coping with the wide spread popularity of True Blood. Lorien also had the wonderful luck of experiencing her first earthquake a 5.0.
In Lorien’s article titled “Rising vamp: Anna Paquin back in the limelight” she opens her article with this:

“Since her Oscar-winning performance in The Piano at the age of 11, Anna Paquin has worked hard and kept her head down.
So how is the reluctant A-lister coping with the phenomenal success of cult vampire series True Blood? Anna Paquin arrives at Gjelina’s, her favorite LA restaurant, on a pale pink pushbike, asks for her usual lemonade, smiles and starts to chatter. Not nervous, over-your-head chatter, but wry, offbeat, barbed wit.”

Anna responds to the term chatty referring to her past as quiet and shy in her own words she replies:

“Chattiness ‘is what people least expect of me, I know,’ says Anna. ‘At one point, in my early 20s, I was so shy that people were surprised I actually spoke.’ Since winning an Oscar at only 11 for The Piano, Anna, now 26, has had a consistent and acclaimed career – from Zeffirelli’s Jane Eyre, via Almost Famous, to Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, The Squid and the Whale, and as Rogue (the superheroine whose kiss kills) in the X-Men franchise – but has avoided the public eye. She rarely gives interviews and even more rarely talks about her private life. Her reputation is, she confesses, ‘Being incredibly serious about my work”

Lorien also mentions on the popularity of the show:

“Since it first screened in the US last autumn, the show has become HBO’s third highest-rated series after The Sopranos and Sex and the City, and Anna is now constantly recognized and papped.”

On what Lorien feels made the show a success:

True Blood taps into the current vogue for vampires instigated by the hit film Twilight. Anna feels it reflects the need for a secular society to believe in something ‘other’, although the bottom line, she admits, is that a vampire storyline has a ‘dark, dangerous, brooding sexuality’ to it. Sexual chemistry is arguably what has made True Blood such a success. Anna’s SookieBill Compton, a vampire whose thoughts she cannot read, played by British actor Stephen Moyer (Ny-Lon, Lilies, Quills).” falls for

On what appeals to Anna about the character of Sookie:

“The character appeals to Anna’s ‘serious actress’ side because she’s a ‘kick-ass female action lead’, she says. ‘Usually [in dramas] things happen to the girl and around the girl and here she’s right in the center of it and does a good job holding her own. She’s a very complex and beautifully structured character. How many actresses get to say that?”

On Settling down and finding a place for herself Anna says:

“She loves the laid-back vibe of Venice, and the beach: ‘It reminds me of home in New Zealand.’ Anna’s older brother, film producer Andrew, 32, lives in LA, too, ‘So there is family,’ she smiles.” The relief with which she describes her happiness is a reminder that Anna has worked solidly for the past 18 years and rarely had what she could call a consistent life of her own.”

When Anna talks on the support of her family and how they helped to keep her grounded:

“My parents, firstly, because they took a conservative approach with me, so I was never overexposed and work never became a chore. And secondly because I have always valued being taken seriously at work and you don’t get that unless you behave [appropriately]. I was the most serious 15-year-old ever, but that was my happy place. I was a very good girl wanting to do a good job.”

Lorien mentions how becoming a famous actress so young and how she must of missed out on childhood:

“You can’t help but feel, though, that she must have missed out somewhere by growing up so quickly. ‘Yes of course I did,’ she admits. ‘I was always quite shy and learned quickly how to behave like an adult in an adult world. But I have a Hello Kitty bike now, thank you. I might not have had it when I was eight but, hell, I appreciate it so much more now.”

There is so much more to read in this article it was impossible to summarize it, it gives so much introspective into Anna’s life then and now. It  also talk about the stability of her life and settling down with her co-star and boyfriend Stephen Moyer who plays True Blood’s vampire Bill Compton it is a must read!
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