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Anna Paquin

An Oscar winner at the age of eleven for her performance in 1993's movie "The Piano", Anna Paquin was the first New Zealander to receive the Best Supporting Actress honor and one of the youngest Oscar winners ever. Born July 24, 1982 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Paquin was raised in Lower Hutt, New Zealand. After making her stage bow at the age of seven as a skunk in a school production, she decided to audition for the part of Holly Hunter's precocious daughter in Jane Campion's The Piano. One of 5000 applicants, Paquin--whose previous work was limited to TV commercials--won the role, and with both the success of the 1993 film and her Oscar win, entered the realm of international fame. Aside from a series of TV ads for a computer company, Paquin retreated from the limelight until 1996, when she emerged, now a teenager, in the acclaimed family drama Fly Away Home. That same year, she could be seen playing a younger version of the title character in Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Jane Eyre. After playing Queen Isabella in Steven Spielberg's Amistad (1997), Paquin assumed her first adult role, portraying a teenage runaway presented as a "care package" to two Hollywood bottom feeders in Hurlyburly (1998). The following year, she stepped back into more wholesome coming-of-age territory, playing Diane Lane's daughter in the critically acclaimed A Walk on the Moon and taking advantage of the current teensploitation wave with a small role in the popular high school comedy She's All That. That same year, she appeared in the star-studded ensemble drama All the Rage, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

Anna Paquin who is now a student at Columbia University, has moved to New York City and has begun a new career as a stage actress appearing both in New York and London.

More fun stuff about Anna Paquin

Birth name: Anna Helene Paquin

Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Eye Color: Hazel Brown

She is a vegetarian.

While filming the movie Amistad in Montreal during the summer, she made a sidetrip to Toronto to film 5 TV commercials for the telephone company of her old hometown in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She delivers the commercials in a variety of costumes in her Canadian accent rather than her New Zealand one. [1997]

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.

Family moved to New Zealand when Anna was 4.

Brother, Andrew and sister, Katya

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

She still hasn't seen all of The Piano (1993).

Is a fan of the Beatles

She has 2 cats and 1 dog

Speaks French

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.

Favorite color is green.

One of Teen People Magazine's "25 Hottest Stars under 25" [2002]

College classmate of Julia Stiles.

Is a fan of the alternative rock band Nine Inch Nails

She was the original choice to play the character of 'Enola' in 'Kevin Costner's "Water World [1995]." But, eventually, the role fell to Tina Majorino.

Attending Columbia University [2005]

Her personal quotes:

"None of the characters I've played are really like me. That would be boring. It wouldn't be acting."

"Everything about being a teenager and not feeling like you fit in is just magnified by being a mutant!"

"If I don't do laundry today, I'm gonna have to buy new clothes tomorrow."

There are very few films or plays or anything about really happy people with perfect lives. Everyone is usually screwed up in some way and that is usually where the work comes in--figuring out how to make it believable and make it real to present someone's problems that you don't necessarily actually know anything about. I mean it is not challenging to be happy all the time. I don't think I could do it!

Anna Paquin and Kieran Culkin Star in Gionfriddo's After Ashley Off-Broadway

Anna Paquin, Kieran Culkin, Grant Shaud and Tim Hopper are featured in the cast of the Vineyard Theatre's staging of Gina Gionfriddo's Humana Festival hit, After Ashley starting Off-Broadway, Feb. 11.

Terry Kinney (Beautiful Child, "Oz") directs the New York premiere of the black comedy set to open at the downtown venue Feb. 28 for a run currently set through March 20.

In After Ashley, a 17-year-old boy deals with his relationships with his mother and father. Originally commissioned by Philadelphia Theatre Company, the work then developed further at the 2003 O'Neill Playwrights Conference of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center before becoming a breakout at the 2004 Humana Festival of New American Plays.

Dana Eskelson ("Cold Creek Manor") and Mark Rosenthal (The Moonlight Room, Ah Wilderness!) also fill out the rest of the drama's ensemble.

Paquin appeared in Paul Weitz's Roulette and MCC Theater's staging of Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here Off-Broadway last season. She also starred for MCC in Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living — which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The actress, known for her turns in the "X-Men" films, "The 25th Hour" and her Academy Award-winning performance in "The Piano," appeared on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth.

Culkin, known for his film turns in "Igby Goes Down" and "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys," appeared on stage in the MCC Theatre one-night benefit performance of Neil LaBute's Autobahn and James Lapine's The Moment When for Playwrights Horizons. He also appeared in the West End This Is Our Youth.

Shaud is remembered by television audiences as Miles on "Murphy Brown." The actor has also been seen on stage in Writer's Block and Four Dogs and a Bone. Other credits include "From the Earth to the Moon," "Oliver Beene" and in voice on the film "Antz."

Hopper was last seen at the Vineyard in The Dying Gaul in 1998. He has appeared on Broadway in the 1996 revival of Present Laughter and Off Broadway in Endpapers, Carson McCullers (Historically Inaccurate) the title role in Picasso at the Lapine Agile as well as his Obie Award-winning turn in More Stately Mansions. The actor who has appeared on film in "The School of Rock," "To Die For" and "Frankie and Johnny" has previously worked with Kinney on the film "The Last of the Mohicans" and on television's "Oz."

Director Kinney directed the world premiere of Nicky Silver's Beautiful Child at the Vineyard last season. He also staged the recent revival of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest on Broadway and the Chicago premiere of Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour. As an actor, he has performed on stage in The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child as well as on screen in "Oz" and "The Laramie Project."

Gionfriddo's After Ashley was recently announced as a finalist for the The Steinberg New Play Award. She is also the recipient of the 2001-2002 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the 2002 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, a Lucille Lortel Fellowship and a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Her other plays include Safe, U.S. Drag, Guinevere and Briar Rose.

Anna Paquin Talks About "X2"

While promoting her role in Spike Lee's dramatic film, "25th Hour," actress Anna Paquin briefly discussed her work in the sequel to "X-Men:"


How was your experience on “X-Men 2?”
It was good. Those kinds of movies - I've only done two of them - but are [they] so completely different from any other film you'll ever work on because so little of the time that you actually spend on set has anything to do with the job that an actor does. You are waiting a lot for technical things to be set up and figured out. There's always going to be little hitches along the way, equipment not working the way it's supposed to. Just all these things that I don't really understand a lot about but have nothing to do with acting whatsoever. It just means it takes a really, really, really long time and [it] can be very long hours. But, there's also a lot of fun stuff that you get to do in those movies that you wouldn't get to do in any other straight, normal film.

What was the most fun aspect of doing the “X-Men” movies?
I have pretty fun stunt stuff that I got to do that I had to train for for like three months, which I would tell you about but I can't tell you anything about the plot (laughing) so I can't tell you anything about the stunts, because it would give stuff away. I had a lot of fun doing wirework, like harnesses and stuff.

Did you do any fighting?
I don't know how to explain it without giving away stuff. It's really cool and it's all me when you see the movie.

Anna Paquin: X Appeal

The angry little girl in The Piano has come of age. Now Anna Paquin is starring in X-Men, America's big summer blockbuster, as a cartoon vamp with a kiss that kills.

When the 11-year-old New Zealand actress Anna Paquin accepted her Oscar from Gene Hackman and turned to at the audience, dumbstruck and terrified, it was tempting to think she had a dreadful life in store. It was 1994. Surely, her life would now spiral out of control. Chaos beckoned. Paquin, the second-youngest Academy Award winner in history, would be mobbed, first by reporters, and then by agents, directors and drug dealers. There would be cigarettes and booze, ill-advised relationships, rehab. Perhaps she would be like Drew Barrymore and fight her way back. On the other hand, perhaps she'd be like Tatum O'Neal, the youngest-ever Oscar winner, and quietly fizzle out. Where is Tatum now?

But Paquin has, apparently, not spiralled or fizzled. Here she is, in the Essex House Hotel on Central Park South, Manhattan, picking her way through a plateful of chicken and salad. The angry little girl from The Piano! And she's 18! She eats slowly, but not neurotically slowly. She is 5ft 5in tall now, and wears a tight, black formal dress. She is better looking than you thought she'd get. She has a good modern-actress look - her face snaps easily into a sort of darkly sulky expression. There is something of Juliette Lewis about her. She has grown up to be sexy, but not bland-sexy. Paquin's oddball-sexy.

She's not bothered about being 18, she says, shrugging. She shrugs a lot. 'At 18,' she tells me, 'you can get married, you can smoke, and you can join the army. But I don't want to join the army.' Does she smoke? Does she drink? She shakes her head so that her hair swings in front of her face. This, along with the shrugging and a sort of lip-chewing, is another of her gestures. You see it in her adolescent-period films, A Walk on the Moon and She's All That. Actually, that's how she still looks, 15 or 16, a touch younger than her age. She gives the impression of being a bit intense and unusual. Having chopped most of her hair off a couple of years ago, she's grown it long again.

Paquin is here to talk about her part in X-Men, her first role in a major blockbuster. Based on the comic books, X-Men has been directed by Bryan Singer, who did The Usual Suspects. Paquin plays Rogue, a dark, sultry girl who is not quite innocent - her usual role, in fact, and one she does well, because it's her. She has been known to say that she doesn't think much about acting - she just does it. X-Men , which cost $75m to make, has just opened in America, to mixed reviews and terrific box office, making $54.5m in its first weekend, and taking over from Men in Black as Hollywood's biggest-ever July opening. It's also the biggest-opening non-sequel ever.

The world of the X-Men is divided between humans, who are normal, and Mutants, who have special powers, but also disabilities. The Mutants, including a wheel chair-bound Patrick Stewart, and Sir Ian McKellen, represent minorities in general - they are blacks or people with disabilities. It's a clever idea. When Paquin's character touches or kisses anybody, she practically kills them; you see the life force visibly draining out. She says she read 'hundreds' of comic books to prepare for the part of Rogue. 'She's the ultimate adolescent,' says Paquin, who is sharp with literary metaphors. 'Frightened of being really close to others. Not knowing who you can trust.' Adolescence? 'It's hard to be detached from something you're still slightly living in,' says Paquin. 'You're in the process of becoming an adult, and you're changing - like, every few weeks you feel like a different person, and your looks are changing, and the way you see the world, and the way you see your family. Just because I do what I do doesn't mean I escaped adolescence, all the bumps and bruises that go along with it.'

So, as you can see by now, Paquin has not travelled the self-destructive route, nor has her career fizzled out. For seven years, she has attempted to do the impossible, to grow up normally and be a film star at the same time, and, if she hasn't quite succeeded, she's come pretty close. Eating her chicken and salad, poking it around a bit, but not neurotically, she talks about normal things: answering-machine messages, coffee, hanging out, and the importance of sleeping in. She likes sleeping in and sitting in coffee bars; she used to like novelty phone messages, and now dislikes them. She absolutely does not have any exercise or dietary regime.

Every so often, she will talk about something which is not so normal, such as being recognised by members of the public. 'Maybe you're in a public restroom or something,' she says, 'and you have, like, just woken up, or you're, like, at the supermarket or something, and you're just feeling, Oh my God - is this going to be their impression of me?'

Like Jodie Foster, Claire Danes and Natalie Portman, and unlike Drew Barrymore, Tatum O'Neal, Judy Garland and Shirley Temple, Paquin is going to college - this autumn, to Columbia in New York, where she will study arts and social-science subjects, possibly majoring in psychology. She is academic, despite having suffered a mixed, topsy-turvy education in an all-girls' school in Wellington, New Zealand; on the set of several movies, which she found a trial, and, for two years, in a Los Angeles high school. 'I have done pretty well in math,' she says, 'and I've always been pretty good at science, but English and languages and history have always been very easy for me.' She wants to go to college partly to gain experience of normal life - life outside acting. She pauses and says, 'For all the other thousands and thousands of kids that are going off to college this year, no one makes a big deal about it, and I'd rather be like everyone else.'

Paquin stopped being like everyone else at the age of nine, when she turned up, along with thousands of other girls, to audition for the part of Flora, Holly Hunter's screen daughter in Jane Campion's film The Piano. She does not, she tells me, remember much about her life before The Piano, 'just random things'. Her mother, Mary, is an English teacher from Wellington; her father, Brian, is a physical-education instructor from Canada. Paquin was born in Winnipeg. She has a sister, Katya, and a brother, Andrew, two and five years older respectively, both academic achievers; Andrew has since studied at Harvard and Katya debated for New Zealand at the World School Debating championships. Little Anna was, she tells me, 'the one that no one particularly noticed. She wanted to tag along, but couldn't.'

At nine, she hadn't acted before, unless you count her part as a skunk in a play at her primary school in Lower Hutt, a suburb of Wellington. 'I leaped on stage, and then skipped off,' she says. Her audition for Campion, a couple of years later, was startling. Campion describes her as 'this tiny little girl, probably the smallest of all I'd seen, and extremely shy'. In the audition, Paquin delivered the speech about how her mother had lost her voice, the emotional speech of a disturbed child. She was, says Campion, 'impassioned. You totally believed her.' What she had, said co-star Holly Hunter, was 'glorious instincts'.

Paquin tells me that, during the filming of The Piano, she 'wasn't really conscious of what she was doing'. She had a voice coach, who taught her an Aberdeen accent, which she pulled off pretty well. She scowled and raged beautifully. There seemed to be a dark monster inside this little creature. Her subsequent characters, as critics have pointed out, all seem to be a version of this one. What Paquin discovered at the age of nine is that she liked pretending to be somebody else in this intense way. She threw herself into it. It was not quite a job. She had no difficulty whatsoever. 'I was,' she says, 'so young when I made The Piano that I really didn't know that I should be nervous.'

The nerves came later, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, when Paquin stepped up to accept her Oscar from Gene Hackman. This was when she first had an inkling of the hugeness of what she'd done. It was, she tells me, 'really scary. I remember being very very worried I wasn't going to be able to say anything.' She stood, in the words of one observer, 'wide-eyed and gulping for breath at the microphone for a full 20-some odd seconds'. Then she made a little speech and rushed back to her seat, rather than taking the more usual winners' route backstage. Hackman tried to call her back. Later, she told reporters that winning the Oscar was 'pretty cool', and reportedly fell asleep several times at the party afterwards.

And then she went back to New Zealand and attempted to get back to normality. After the Academy Awards ceremony, she went on a school camping trip. She didn't appear in a film for two years, although she flew to Hollywood a few times for auditions. At 14, she told a reporter she thought the Hollywood scene was 'kinda weird'. She did not display the Oscar. She kept it in a drawer. She was slightly haunted by it. In 1996, she played the lead in Zeffirelli's Jane Eyre , which was filmed in England; the director thought she was perfect for his dour, slightly cantankerous Jane. Paquin was sombre and reined-in; you could tell she was going to be good.

It was while she was in Canada filming Fly Away Home, a film about a teenage girl and her relationship with a flock of geese, that her parents split up. This, she tells me, was the unhappiest moment of her life. During filming, she appeared on set with a fake nose-ring - she'd found it in a 'neat junky jewellery store' in Toronto, and thought she'd shock the cast. But the director, Carroll Ballard, liked the nose-ring. Anna's character, Amy, wears it in the film.

When she was 15, Paquin moved to Hollywood with her mother, at first temporarily, to pursue her career. She told a magazine: 'It isn't likely that I'll have a boyfriend in the near future. Boys make quite good friends - it's difficult to imagine doing something serious with them, such as dating.' This was just before she played Alison in A Walk on the Moon, a girl having her first period in 1969 - during Woodstock, no less. Entering puberty, she played girls entering puberty; her most intimate teenage moments have been acted out in public. If you want to know how she felt about her parents splitting up, watch her as Alison, whose parents' marriage is also on the rocks. You can see a stormy mixture of rage and grief in Alison's face. When she talks to her father, played by Liev Schreiber, about the possibility that he might leave her mother (Diane Lane), it's moving; it feels genuine. In the film, the parents get back together; in real life, they did not.

By the time she was 16, things had changed. A Los Angeles high-school student, she had a boyfriend, and said, 'Sixteen is such a good age. It's so much older than 15. It's, like, 50 years older than 15. Fifteen is a nothing age. There's nothing you can do when you're 15 that you can't do when you're 14.' The Oscar remained hidden. 'I keep it at the back of my closet, with my shoes,' she said. 'I don't want to look at it every day. I don't want people to come into my room and think they have to talk about it.'

It hasn't always been easy at school. She left friends behind in New Zealand, and made new friends at high school in Los Angeles. But she misses the old ones. Her accent is now more than half American, with the Kiwi creeping through. She'll end up sounding almost American, like Mel Gibson. She says, 'You're definitely shaped by the culture you've been brought up in, and even though I couldn't tell you exactly what it means to be a New Zealander, I think I've been influenced a lot by that culture.'

She lolls her head and thinks for a moment. She says, 'I don't know. I mean, I love the people I've gone to school with, but sometimes I'll just really want to talk to someone back at home. And I don't know exactly what triggers that off. I'll just suddenly be, like... there's something a little bit different. I don't know.'

Paquin understands the importance of being 'good friends with people who I absolutely know are being my friends because they like Anna, and they get along with Anna, and they want to be my friend, and we connect as people. That has nothing to do with the fact that I have a career. I've met people that I know don't like me, they're just a little bit impressed with what I do, and I guess that's understandable. Usually they get bored because I'm really not that interesting. But, you see, I kind of like that. Maybe they think I'm something special now, but give it a week and I promise you they'll be toddling off back to where they came from. I'm very ordinary. I don't feel like I do anything.

'I haven't entirely figured myself out,' she continues. 'I've got a long way to go before I figure out something as deep as that.' She likes the MTV cartoon Daria, about a teenage girl with a dark, cynical take on the world. Her favourite actress is Holly Hunter. Her favourite TV show is Sex and the City. I ask her if she thinks the female characters in Sex and the City are supposed to be victims.

'I've no idea.'

Doh! Of course she has no idea - she's a teenager. When you talk to her about her ambitions for the future, about what she might be doing later in life, she wonders what you mean by the future. For Paquin, the future is next week, or next term. I ask her what she'd like to be doing at 40 - the age when many really good actresses begin to think they might win an Oscar. Paquin says, 'Forty?' It's a concept at the edge of her understanding. It's light years away. 'I don't know,' she says. 'I probably hope that I have a family, and if I still want to be acting that I'm acting, and if I want to do something else that I'm doing that.'

One thing she likes to talk about is photography. 'Something I like to do,' she tells me, 'is sit somewhere on a crowded street when no one can really see, out of the way, and then take photographs of people just candidly as they're walking past when they don't know you're there, and it sounds kinda like you're a stalker, but honestly I'm not. Sometimes it's more interesting to photograph somebody when they're just being themselves, because they're not projecting an image of how they want to be seen. You get to see who they really are.'

Paquin likes photographing couples. 'It's interesting photographing them and then playing "guess what was going on right then". Deciding what the dynamic was, whether they are happy, what they are truly feeling. It's a little bit of a game, and it's all just sort of fictional, but it was fun to decide what was going through that person's head, you know, if you see someone before they've pasted on a smile. Sometimes you can see something in people which you wouldn't otherwise get to see.

'I don't think there's any character I couldn't be,' says Paquin. It seemed highly unlikely, but it looks as if she's just about made the transition from child star to adult actress. Who knows - she might have quite some career ahead of her. In the meantime, she says, she wants to do 'not a whole lot. It's summer. I've just left high school.' She wants to mess around like a normal teenager. Like, she tells me, she recently took some self-portraits, using a bendable mirror. She loved the results. 'You get this crazy-looking distorted image,' she says. She laughs. 'Four eyes and two heads. Like, an alien-shaped body.'

The Untouchable Rogue and Ice-Cold Bobby Try to Find Love Among the Mutants

In the vast cast of the X-Men saga, they are Romeo and Juliet. Anna Paquin and Shawn Ashmore play two mutant lovers who can never really touch one another, as Rogue's mutation sucks the life out of people, literally, and a stolen kiss with her could mean death. We met Ashmore--a 2003 E! Online Sizzler--in the first X-Men, but only long enough for him to turn a flame into an ice-sculpture rose for his beloved. In X2, we see plenty more of what Bobby can do, but do the two ever get together? That'll have to wait. Right now, they're keen now on talking about the perfect comic-book movie, the Silver Surfer and that age-old rivalry between chocolate and vanilla.
Warner Bros. is having trouble getting Superman off the ground. What's the secret to making a good comic-book movie?
Paquin: The thing about X-Men is that it stands on its own as both a comic book and fantasy movie and as an action movie. But also because there's real dramatic tension and real character, it actually is appealing on a more human level than some action movies which don't take the time to explore the characters.

Shawn, what kind of research did you do to join this already-in-progress franchise?
Ashmore: I'd read the comics when I was younger and seen the cartoon, so even before the first movie started, I was aware of the characters and relationships and how that all worked out. Once I got the part, I definitely did research and asked for specific issues on Iceman. At the end of the day, you have a script, but you want to color it with as much as you can from the comic book.

Speaking of those relationships, Anna--Mystique's your mom?
Paquin: In the X-Men folklore, Mystique and Nightcrawler and Rogue are all related. It's a stepmother-type situation. I don't know how I didn't get the blue gene.
I'd guess the blue gene would be dominant.
Paquin: You'd think. Or maybe it's like blue eyes are recessive, and brown eyes are dominant.

Comic-book newbies often mistake Iceman for Silver Surfer.
Ashmore: Yeah. They look similar, they're white in color and covered in ice, and they both ride waves. But I know that it's a...

...common misconception?

Cosmic being, and mutant on earth.

Iceman, what's your favorite flavor for a single scoop?
Vanilla, man. I'm plain and simple. I can't stand chocolate.

Woman Disrupts Q&A Session at Sundance

A Sundance Film Festival screening of Buffalo Soldiers, bought by Miramax Films in Sept. 2001 and shelved following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, turned into an uproar Tuesday when a woman in the audience denounced the film during a Q&A period afterwards. As reported by Screen International, the woman accused the filmmakers of being anti-American and flung a plastic water bottle, apparently meaning to hit the screen but instead striking actress Anna Paquin, one of the film's stars, on the head. Paquin was apparently not seriously injured. The film deals in part with arms- and drug-dealing U.S. soldiers stationed in Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Anna Paquin Put Off By X-Men Effects

Actress Anna Paquin has reason to regret signing on to play super hero Rogue in last summer's smash hit X-Men (2000). The star of Almost Famous (2000) had no idea how exhausting it would be to interact with the special effects. She explains, "It was actually a lot harder work than I thought it would be. A lot of the special effects stuff was very time consuming. They made me spend an entire day shooting one little tiny segment of a scene because they had to insert some digital effects thing. It's not something that I knew a lot about so sometimes it was hard work." But she adds, "I had a lot of fun making that film because basically you can't get too worked up or upset that when you realize you get to go to work every day and be a super hero."

Anna Paquin: Keep Child Actors Young

Anna Paquin worries about young actors who aren't treated like children - because they're missing out on so much. The star of this year's hit, X-Men (2000), who won an Oscar when she was just nine years old, was never in danger of growing up too fast - because acting was always a hobby for her. She says, "One of the things that makes me sad and worried is when I see these little kids who are actors who don't seem to be little kids anymore - they seem to be adults." And Paquin, who is now a student at New York's Columbia University, doesn't remember letting her Oscar win affect her life at all. She says, "I was definitely a kid for as long as it was appropriate for me to be one. I think if I had been any more conscious of my career and having some plan and that kind of thing, it would take away something."

X-Men Star Wants More Stunts In Sequel

Sexy actress Anna Paquin is desperate to do a sequel to hit movie X-Men (2000) - so she'll get the chance to show off with amazing stunts. Paquin played the pivotal role of Rogue in the movie, and she's hoping the sequel will let her do more stunts than first time round. She explains, "I am gonna put the word out that I want to wear the leather suits and jump around and fight and fly and do all that stuff, " she says excitedly. "I think it looked like so much fun - everyone else was running around on their harnesses and looking like superheroes but I looked very much more like a civilian." The 18-year-old has also been reading the original comic books to see what might happen next. "Rogue's traditional love interest in the comic book is this very suave guy on a motorbike called Gambit, " she says. "I'd love to see Gambit in the sequel. He's very attractive and I think it could be fun."



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