Anna Hélène Paquin is a New Zealand actress and philanthropist who made her acting debut with the character, Flora McGrath in The Piano (1993). Her role in the film won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 11, making her the second-youngest winner in the history of Oscar. She was a successful child actress, winning several awards and bagging several high-standard nominations. Therefore, RNN details Anna Paquin’s (as she is professionally known) net worth, biography, and career with references to Wikipedia, and Celebritynetworth as helpful sources.

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Name Anna Hélène Paquin
Date of Birth July 24, 1982
Gender Female
Marital Status Married
Professions Actress
Anna Paquin’s Net Worth $14 Million
Nationality New Zealand


Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg on the 24th of July, 1982. Her mother, Mary (née Brophy) was an English teacher while her father, Brian Paquin was a high school physical education teacher. She has two older siblings; Andrew, a director, and Katya.

When Anna Paquin was four years old, her family moved to New Zealand. She participated in gymnastics, ballet, swimming, and downhill skiing, she also had musical childhood hobbies which were playing the viola, cello, and piano. During her stay in New Zealand, she attended Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School in Lower Hutt until she was nine, then attended Hutt Intermediate School afterwards, from 1994-1995.

She started her secondary education in Wellington at Wellington’s Girl’s College and completed her high school diploma at Windward School in Los Angeles. This was because she had to move to the US with her mother following her parent’s divorce in 1995. In June 2000, she graduated from Windward School and completed the school’s community service requirement by working in a soup kitchen and at a special education centre. Thereafter, she studied at Columbia College for one year and lived in Carman Hall, but she dropped out later on to pursue her acting career.

Early Career

The birth of her acting career came when Director Jane Campion was looking for a little girl to play a main role in The Piano, and a newspaper advertisement was run just to announce an open audition. Anna Paquin’s sister was the one who read the ad and decided to give it a try alongside her friend. This, however, inspired Anna Paquin to audition. Fortunately, when the director, Jane Campion met Anna Paquin, she was impressed with her performance (being a nine-year-old) in the monologue about Flora’s father, then, she was chosen from among the 5000 candidates that applied.

In 1993, The Piano was released and it was lauded by critics. The play won different prizes at several film festivals and it eventually became a popular film among a wide audience. Anna Paquin’s performance in The Piano was her debut performance and she did so well that she bagged a 1993 Academy Award for Best Supporting Supporting Actress at the age of 11. She was then the second youngest Oscar winner in history after Tatum O’Neal.

Although she didn’t have the intention to continually pursue acting, she was invited to the William Morris Agency and subsequently received offers for new roles. However, she systematically rejected most of the roles but she appeared in three commercials for the phone company MCI in 1994. Later on, she made a series of tv commercials for Manitoba Telecom Systems in Winnipeg. Also, in 1994, she appeared as a voice in an audiobook, The Magnificent Nose. 

In 1996, she appeared in Jane Eyre as young Jane and in Fly Away Home as a lead part. As a teenager, she had roles in several films including A Walk on the Moon, Finding Forrester, Amistad, Hurlyburly, She’s All That, and, Almost Famous.

Career Breakthrough

In 2000, Anna Paquin played the mutant superhero Rogue in the Marvel Comics movie, X-Men, she played in its sequel X2, and also in its third instalment, X-Men- The Last Stand, in 2006. Then between 2006 and 2007, she starred in and served as the executive producer of Blue State. The film was made by Pacquin Films which is a production company formed by her and Andrew Paquin, her brother. In November 2006, she completed Margaret released in 2011. After then, she played Elaine Goodale in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee which was based on Dee Brown’s best-seller. Her performance earned her a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. In 2007. she played Laurie in the horror film, Trick ‘r Treat, released in 2009.

Anna Paquin was cast as waitress Sookie Stackhouse in the True Blood series in 2008, and it served as her first role in a television series. The series had Anna Paquin doing nude scenes (her first time). There, while working on the True Blood project, she started dating Stephen Moyer whom she got married to in 2010. In 2009, she played Irena Sendler in The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, which is a CBS TV biographical film based on the book, Mother of the Children of the Holocaust: The Irena Sendler Story by Anna Mieszkowska. The film was made in Latvia and served as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation for the network.

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In September 2010, Anna Paquin’s film, the Romantics, was released in the US at selected cinemas. Then in 2014, she repeated her role as Rogue in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most of her scenes were cut out for the theatrical release and were later released as The Rogue Cut in July 2015 as an alternative version with all of Anna Paquin’s scenes reinstated. She voiced Ransey in The Good Dinosaur, and played Nancy Holt in Roots 2016 miniseries.

In June 2016, when the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting and Anna Paquin was part of the people who told the stories of the victims in the video. Then in 2017, she starred in Bellevue and was also the executive producer. She also acted as Nancy Montgomery in Alias Grace, a tv miniseries. In 2018, she acted in her husband’s directorial debut film, The Parting Glass and in Furlough.

Later in 2019, Anna Paquin appeared in The Irishman, produced and starred as Robyn in Flack series, and appeared in The Affair series. In 2021, she played the wife of Kurt Warner in the biographical Christian sports film, American Underdog. Anna Paquin will star in A Friend of the Family for Peacock, an American over-the-top video streaming service.

Anna Paquin’s Net Worth

As of 2022, Anna Paquin’s net worth is estimated at $14 million.

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Philanthropy and Advocacy

On the 1st of April 2010, Anna Paquin came out as bisexual in a public service announcement for the Give a Damn campaign as part of the True Colors Fund, an advocacy group organised by Cyndi Lauper dedicated to LGBT equality. The True Colors Fund was created to “inspire and engage everyone, especially straight people, to become active participants in the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality”.

In a video, Anna Paquin was featured stating, “I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual, and I give a damn.” She also stated when she was questioned about her taking part in the video that, “It wasn’t like it was a big secret, it was just a cause I cared about and privately supported, but not one that I had ever had an opportunity to speak out about in a way that would be useful. Obviously I know that one person’s voice doesn’t necessarily do that much, but I just wanted to do my bit.”

In May 2012, during a US weekly interview, Anna Paquin rejected the notion that bisexuality is a choice, she said: “My sexuality is not made up, for a bisexual, it’s not about gender. That’s not the deciding factor to who they’re attracted to…”. And in 2014, she took to her Twitter page to declare that she is a “Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother”.

Anna Paquin is also a supporter of various charities and foundations including the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Art of Elysium, and, Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Personal Life

On the 5th of August 2009, Anna Paquin announced her engagement to Stephen Moyer with whom she had been in a relationship since 2007. They got married in August 21, 2010 at a private residence in Malibu, California. On September 12, 2012, Anna Paquin gave birth to fraternal twins, Charlie and Poppy. She also has a stepson, Billy and a stepdaughter, Lilac. The family resides in Venice, Los Angeles, California.

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Notable Awards

  • 1993: Two Critics Awards,
  • 1994: Academy Awards, Critics Awards,
  • 2005: Drama Desk Awards, Gotham Awards,
  • 2007: Critics Awards,
  • 2008: Satellite Awards,
  • 2009: Golden Globe Awards, Satellite Awards, Scream Awards,
  • 2010: Scream Awards,
  • 2011: Two Critics Awards,
  • 2013: Critics Awards,
  • 2019: Critics Awards (Runner-up for Best Ensemble),
  • 2020: Critics’ Choice Awards.

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