Interview By: Aysha Hussain
Anna Paquin has a twinkle in her eye few would understand. In an industry where most young starlets get typecast as no brain, helpless females, Paquin refuses to settle for the industry standard. Her hugely successful career has garnered her more accolades than most of the better-known seasoned actresses in Hollywood. At 23-years-old, Paquin has starred in over 20 films and she’s not done yet.
As if her life wasn’t already annoyingly perfect, Paquin shows us she’s a force to be reckoned with as she packs a brand new punch in the blockbuster film X-Men: The Last Stand.
Paquin reprises the role of Marie (Rogue), a young teenage girl with the ability to absorb the power of those around her. But don’t expect Rogue to be the same ole timid girl from previous X-Men movies. Rogue is back and better than ever, with a few tricks up her sleeve.
“She has a lot of adult decisions to make. While she didn’t really have a large physical component in this movie, her emotional stories [are] pretty intense. That was very exciting to me because in the previous two movies, she’s been struggling with being the young, odd one out.”
X-Men 3: The Last Stand will not only satisfy your mutant taste buds, but will leave you asking loaded questions. Questions like, who decides between right and wrong? Even Paquin admits to asking herself the same question.
“Is it up to the individual? Is it ethical or moral to have larger organizations decide what criteria you must meet in order to be “normal,” and if you somehow fall short of that, does anyone else have the right to strongly encourage or enforce change? I think [it’s] very relevant in our society and it always has been as long as we’ve been human. These kinds of issues have been a problem.”
This fall, get ready to be blown away by Paquin once again as she plays the main character in the film Margaret (directed by Kenneth Lonergan), a young New York City girl who experiences a severe form of post-traumatic stress as a result of witnessing a tragic accident. Paquin will act alongside Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick just to name a few.
So whether she’s playing opposite Ed Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman or Sir Ian Mc Kellen, she’s the consummate professional who knows to take cues from her mentors.
“Those are the best actors, the ones that realize that we’re playing. We’re entertaining people.”