Now 25, New Zealander Paquin was 11 when she won the supporting actress Oscar for her performance in Jane Campions 1993 drama The Piano, in which she played Flora, the daughter of a mute pianist (Oscar-winning Holly Hunter). Though initially her parents didnt plan for her to continue to act, by 1996 she was back on the big screen, in Jane Eyre and Fly Away Home. She also continued her education while appearing in Amistad, Hurlyburly and "Shes All That, graduating from the Windward School in West Los Angeles. She also studied a year at Columbia University. She hasnt had any time to go college because Paquins been constantly working. Shes played Rogue in the X-Men movies, received good reviews for her supporting role in The Squid and the Whale and earned an Emmy nomination last year for supporting actress in the HBO miniseries Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. She also is the star of HBOs upcoming series True Blood and even has a production company with her older brother called Paquin Films.
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