True Blood’s Anna Paquin

August 8, 2009 by  

sookie-ap“Aw Sookie Sookie now . . .” With that phrase, a popular 1970’s hit song begins and so it is with “True Blood”. Anna Paquin hits it out of the park so to speak – at least with respect to her role as “Sookie Stackhouse” in HBO’s “True Blood”. Sookie is not a character who can be portrayed by just any actress. Alan Ball must be thrilled at the choice to cast Anna in the role of Sookie.

Anna Paquin, the twenty-seven year old actress who portrays Sookie Stackhouse, has become one of the most popular actresses of our time. Is it her versatility? What is it that attracts a wide variety of audience members to her? The answer to those questions probably lie within Anna’s resume.

Born in Canada, Anna and her family moved to New Zealand at age four. She won a 1994 Academy award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the New Zealand movie, The Piano. At the time, she was only eleven years old, making her one of the youngest performers ever to be honored with such an award. She is well known in the United States for her role as Rogue in the X-Men movies.

Anna studied for a short time at Columbia University, prior to pursuing a most successful acting career. Anna and her brother, Andrew, formed Paquin Films, a production company that has produced several movies in which Anna has starred. In 2007, she was nominated for an Emmy for Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie along with Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards and for her role as Elaine Goodale in the HBO film Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

Though the Emmys neglected to recognize “True Blood” on a large scale, Anna won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series in 2008 for her role as Sookie Stackhouse.

Anna resides in California and enjoys cycling and surfing. We will be seeing a whole lot more of Anna not only in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, but in countless other roles. Anna’s future is bright and we look forward to seeing much, much more of her in front of the camera, as well as behind it.

Filmography

In Development:
  1. Metamorphosis (details only on IMDbPro)
Actress:
  1. Flying Into Love (2009) (in production) (rumored) …. Sister Agnes
  2. Open House (2010) (filming) (rumored) …. Jennie
  3. Margaret (2009) (completed) …. Lisa Cohen
  4. True Blood …. Sookie Stackhouse (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
    Before the Night Is Over (2009) TV episode …. Sookie Stackhouse
    Frenzy (2009) TV episode …. Sookie Stackhouse
    New World in My View (2009) TV episode …. Sookie Stackhouse
    I Will Rise Up (2009) TV episode …. Sookie Stackhouse
    Timebomb (2009) TV episode …. Sookie Stackhouse
    (19 more)
  5. The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (2009) (TV) …. Irena Sendler
  6. Trick ‘r Treat (2008) …. Laurie
  7. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) (TV) …. Elaine Goodale
  8. Blue State (2007) …. Chloe Hamon
  9. Mosaic (2007) (V) …. Maggie Nelson
    … aka Stan Lee Presents Mosaic (USA: DVD box title)
  10. X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) …. Marie / Rogue
    … aka X-Men 3 (Singapore: English title) (USA: working title)
    … aka X3 (International: English title: informal short title) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
    … aka X-men – L’engagement ultime (Canada: French title)
  11. Joan of Arc (2005) (TV) (voice) …. Joan
  12. The Squid and the Whale (2005) …. Lili
  13. Suchîmubôi (2004) (voice: English version) …. James Ray Steam
    … aka Steamboy (International: English title)
  14. X2 (2003) …. Rogue / Marie D’Ancanto
    … aka X-Men 2 (Singapore: English title) (USA: working title)
    … aka X-2 (USA: poster title)
    … aka X-Men 2: X-Men United (USA: promotional title)
    … aka X2: X-Men United (USA: promotional title)
    … aka X2: X-Men unis (Canada: French title)
  15. 25th Hour (2002) …. Mary D’Annunzio
  16. Darkness (2002) …. Regina
    … aka Darkness (Spain)
    … aka The Dark (USA)
  17. Buffalo Soldiers (2001) …. Robyn Lee
    … aka Army Go Home! (Germany)
    … aka Buffalo Soldiers – Army Go Home! (Germany: DVD title)
  18. Finding Forrester (2000) …. Claire Spence
  19. Almost Famous (2000) …. Polexia Aphrodisia
    … aka Untitled: Almost Famous the Bootleg Cut (USA: director's cut (DVD title))
  20. X-Men (2000) …. Rogue / Marie D’Ancanto
    … aka X-Men (Canada: French title)
    … aka X-Men 1.5 (USA: DVD box title)
  21. All the Rage (1999) …. Annabel Lee
    … aka It’s the Rage (USA: cable TV title)
  22. A Walk on the Moon (1999) …. Alison Kantrowitz
    … aka La tentación (USA: Spanish title)
  23. She’s All That (1999) …. Mackenzie Siler
  24. Hurlyburly (1998) …. Donna
  25. Amistad (1997) …. Queen Isabella II
  26. The Member of the Wedding (1997) (TV) …. Frankie Addams
  27. Fly Away Home (1996) …. Amy Alden
    … aka Father Goose
    … aka Flying Wild
  28. Jane Eyre (1996) …. Young Jane Eyre
    … aka Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (USA: complete title)
    … aka Jane Eyre (France)
  29. The Piano (1993) …. Flora McGrath
    … aka La leçon de piano (France)
  30. Tenkû no shiro Rapyuta (1986) (voice: English version) …. Sheeta (2003)
    … aka Castle in the Sky (UK) (USA)
Soundtrack:
  1. The Member of the Wedding (1997) (TV) (performer: “His Eye is on the Sparrow”)
  2. The Piano (1993) (performer: “The Grand Old Duke of York”, “The Flowers of the Forest”)
    … aka La leçon de piano (France)
Producer:
  1. Blue State (2007) (executive producer)
Self:
  1. “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” …. Herself (1 episode, 2009)
    Episode #1.80 (2009) TV episode …. Herself
  2. “Entertainment Tonight” …. Herself (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
    … aka “E.T.” (USA: informal title)
    … aka “ET Weekend” (Australia: weekend title)
    … aka “Entertainment This Week” (weekend title)
    … aka “This Week in Entertainment” (USA: weekend title)
    Episode dated 10 June 2009 (2009) TV episode …. Herself
    Episode dated 12 January 2009 (2009) TV episode …. Herself
    Episode dated 3 September 2008 (2008) TV episode …. Herself
  3. The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009) (TV) …. Herself – Winner
  4. “Sidewalks Entertainment” …. Herself (1 episode, 2008)
    … aka “Sidewalks Entertainment Hour”
    … aka “Sidewalks”
    Oscar Winners (2008) TV episode …. Herself
  5. The Teen Choice Awards 2007 (2007) (TV) …. Herself
  6. X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy (2006) (V) …. Herself
  7. X-Men: The Excitement Continues (2006) (V) …. Herself
  8. The 60th Annual Tony Awards (2006) (TV) …. Herself – Presenter
  9. “Corazón de…” …. Herself (1 episode, 2006)
    Episode dated 24 May 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Herself
  10. “HypaSpace” …. Herself (1 episode, 2006)
    … aka “HypaSpace Daily” (Canada: English title: long title)
    … aka “HypaSpace Weekly” (Canada: English title: long title)
    Episode #5.103 (2006) TV episode …. Herself
  11. “Last Call with Carson Daly” …. Herself (3 episodes, 2002-2006)
    Episode dated 24 May 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Herself
    Episode dated 4 March 2004 (2004) TV episode …. Herself
    Episode dated 20 December 2002 (2002) TV episode …. Herself
  12. “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” …. Herself (1 episode, 2006)
    Episode #2.149 (2006) TV episode …. Herself
  13. “Le grand journal de Canal+” …. Herself (1 episode, 2006)
    Episode dated 20 May 2006 (2006) TV episode …. Herself
  14. “Live with Regis and Kathie Lee” …. Herself (1 episode, 2004)
    … aka “Live with Regis & Kelly” (USA: new title)
    … aka “Live with Regis” (USA: new title)
    Episode dated 8 December 2004 (2004) TV episode …. Herself
  15. The 58th Annual Tony Awards (2004) (TV) …. Herself – Presenter: Best Featured Actor in a Play
    … aka The 2004 Tony Awards (USA)
  16. The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men! Making ‘X2’ (2003) (V) …. Herself
    … aka The Second Uncanny Issue of X-Men (USA)
  17. “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” …. Herself (1 episode, 2003)
    … aka “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (Australia)
    Episode dated 23 July 2003 (2003) TV episode …. Herself
  18. Spike Lee’s ’25th Hour’: The Evolution of an American Filmmaker (2003) (V) …. Herself
  19. “The View” …. Herself (2 episodes, 2003)
    Episode dated 2 May 2003 (2003) TV episode …. Herself
    Episode dated 2 March 2003 (2003) TV episode …. Herself
  20. The Uncanny Suspects (2003) (V) …. Herself
  21. The Visual Effects of X-Men (2003) (V) …. Herself
  22. X-Men Production Scrapbook (2003) (V) …. Herself
  23. X-Factor: The Look of ‘X-Men’ (2003) (V) …. Herself
  24. “The Daily Show” …. Herself (2 episodes, 2000-2002)
    … aka “A Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (USA: new title)
    … aka “Jon Stewart” (Australia)
    … aka “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition” (International: English title: cut version)
    … aka “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” (USA: new title)
    Episode dated 12 December 2002 (2002) TV episode …. Herself
    Episode dated 10 July 2000 (2000) TV episode …. Herself
  25. “Liquid News” …. Herself (1 episode, 2002)
    Episode dated 25 March 2002 (2002) TV episode …. Herself
  26. Breaking the Silence: The Making of ‘Hannibal’ (2001) (V) …. Herself (N.Y. Premiere)
  27. Behind the Scenes: Finding Forrester (2001) (V) …. Herself
  28. Behind the Scenes: ‘Almost Famous’ – Postcards from the Road (2001) (V) …. Herself
  29. HBO First Look” …. Herself (2 episodes, 1996-2000)
    Finding Forrester (2000) TV episode …. Herself
    ‘Fly Away Home’: Leading the Flock (1996) TV episode …. Herself
  30. 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000) (TV) …. Herself
  31. “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” …. Herself (1 episode, 1999)
    Episode dated 31 March 1999 (1999) TV episode …. Herself
  32. 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999) (TV)
  33. The 70th Annual Academy Awards (1998) (TV) (uncredited) …. Herself – Past Winner
  34. “Late Show with David Letterman” …. Herself (1 episode, 1996)
    … aka “Late Show Backstage” (USA: title for episodes with guest hosts)
    … aka “Letterman” (Australia)
    … aka “The Late Show” (USA: informal short title)
    Episode dated 1 April 1996 (1996) TV episode …. Herself
  35. The 67th Annual Academy Awards (1995) (TV) …. Herself – Presenter: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  36. The 66th Annual Academy Awards (1994) (TV) …. Herself – Winner: Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Archive Footage:
  1. Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo (2008) (TV) (uncredited) …. Flora McGrath
  2. “Cinema mil”
    Episode #1.10 (2005) TV episode (uncredited) …. Regina
  3. 8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002) (TV) …. Herself

Sources: IMDB

(Photo credit: HBO)

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  • All of you guys are correct. She owns “Sookie” and plays the heck out of the role.

  • Elizabeth

    Anna has a very impressive resume. Pity the Emmy Board could not look past their distrust of genre shows and just appraise her for her incredible acting ability.

  • pbartteacher

    As Stephen Moyer said of Anna, “she is hardcore”. You’re right no matter what project Anna is working on, her professionalism and high attention to detail distinguish her acting. It is my hope, that she will continue with the True Blood series. I know that she actively pursued AB about this project. Rest assured, AB and company have plenty of more stories to tell about Sookie and her adventures. Many more seasons to enjoy Anna and company.

  • Rebecca

    Anna puts her heart and soul into whatever role she is doing. She is so talented.I don’t know of anyone better than anna to play Sookie.