Anna Paquin, born July 24, 1982 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is a Canadian Kiwi actress who plays the role of protagonist Sookie Stackhouse on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love", Anna was part of the initial starring cast and has remained a starring actress through the series' second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh seasons. She was last seen on the series' finale episode, "Thank You", in the series' seventh, and final, season.
Anna Paquin, the young Canadian who grew up in New Zealand and whose only acting experience was as a skunk at a school play, stunned movie-goers from all over the world with her performance as Holly Hunter's angry young daughter in the acclaimed film The Piano (1993). Anna, who received an Oscar for her performance (the second youngest Oscar winner ever), has proven that The Piano (1993) was only the beginning of a fabulous career. She has been in a relationship with co-star Stephen Moyer since the series' pilot and became engaged in August of 2009.
On August 21, 2010, Anna and Stephen married in a small, private Malibu, California ceremony.
On April 17, 2012, it was announced that Anna is expecting their twins in the Fall. Her pregnancy won't be written into her character's storylines."True Blood handle on Anna's growing baby bump." In June 2012, it was announced that Anna was expecting twins. Anna gave birth to the twins, "a few weeks early", in early September 2012, the news first being announced on September 11. The name of the twins son, Charlie, and a daughter, Poppy.
She keeps her Oscar in her bedroom closet so her friends won't see it and feel the need to comment on it.
She enjoys photography.
She plays the cello.
Father, Brian, is a physical education teacher. Mother, Mary, is an English teacher.
Her parents are divorced.
Hobbies: rugby; running; playing the piano; singing; gymnastics; swimming; downhill skiing; reading and knitting.
Enjoys listening to alternative music.
When she was younger, she wanted to be the Prime Minister of New Zealand, or a lawyer.
Is the first New Zealander to receive an Oscar for best supporting actress, and is the second-youngest Oscar winner ever.
Graduated from Windward School in West Los Angeles, California in June 2000; she completed the school's community service requirement by working in an LA soup kitchen and at a special education center.
Though she was born in Canada she considers herself a Kiwi from New Zealand since she grew up there.
Ranked #50 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Went to Columbia University in New York, but left after a year and did not graduate in order to pursue acting.