Thursday, April 16, 2009

Anna Paquin talks about : A Righteous Role

What a wonderful article on Anna from the Jewish Journal, I am surprised that they even got Anna to talk about how she found the emotions to play Irena by looking deeply into her own real feelings of helplessness to help her sister deal with brain cancer treatments and surgery. What an amazing young woman she is...

Anna Paquin stars as Catholic social worker turned Warsaw Ghetto rescuer in “The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler.”

Paquin as Irena Sendler

Paquin as Irena Sendler

Anna Paquin was 11 when she won an Oscar for her performance in “The Piano” and in her mid-20s when she took the 2009 Golden Globe for her leading role in HBO’s vampire series, “True Blood,” but as she locked up her bicycle on a funky stretch of Abbot Kinney Boulevard the other day, she looked like just another young woman from the neighborhood. “Thanks for schlepping down to Venice,” she said as a greeting.

In person, the 26-year-old Paquin is as cheery and down-to-earth — and at the same time as direct and determined — as her “True Blood” character, a telepathic waitress with a penchant for short shorts and the 173-year-old vampire Bill played by Stephen Moyer, who is also Paquin’s real-life boyfriend. On this day, the New Zealand native wore bicycle shorts, her blonde hair was in a ponytail and her face had no sign of makeup. She was both accessible and upbeat, despite the fact that she had gotten off work from the second season of “True Blood” at 4 a.m., slept a few hours, then had to bike to the interview, since she does not know how to drive.

“No worries,” she said of her schedule. “The rest of the world doesn’t run on vampire hours just because I do.”

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