The 27-year-old former child star of “The Piano” has moved on to prove that her Oscar Best Supporting Actress win was not a fluke. She chooses her roles very well, giving us memorable performances in a variety of genres, from films like “X-Men” and “The Squid and the Whale” to TV miniseries like the Emmy award-winning “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.”
Now as Sookie Stackhouse, the mind-reading vampire’s girl in the hit HBO series “True Blood,” she has also won a Globe.
Before you took on the role of Sookie, how familiar were you with the vampire world?
I was not familiar with it. I crammed and researched so I could sound like I knew what I was talking about at my auditions and do better at work.
Why do you think vampires are sexy?
It’s always the biting that is a metaphor for sex and intimacy. There’s definitely a sexual longing that is at the center of that. As in a relationship, you give a part of yourself to the other person and you feed off each other. It can be painful and ecstatic at the same time.
What do you need to go through to do your sex scenes?
I don’t know. We do it so often on our show (laughter)… I was never particularly uptight on nudity to begin with… By the time the camera has seen me naked more often than any of my doctors, why flatter myself to think they really care anymore? It’s still an 18-hour day no matter if they’re looking at naked people or not.
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Anna Paquin is cool. I have liked her as an actress since “The Piano”. She was good in X-Men too but I love her in True Blood.
I’ll admit she wasn’t who I pictured as Sookie, but she owns the part now.
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