True Blood star Anna Paquin talks about her role in Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret
Anna Paquin burst onto the movie scene in 1993 at age 11 when she won an Oscar for her performance in Jane Campion’s The Piano. Her filmmography since then has encompassed everything from indies to blockbusters and has featured films from a long list of great directors including Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Noah Baumbach, Cameron Crowe, Franco Zefferelli and Gus Van Sant. She’s also been busy on stage and on television, most recently as Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s hit series True Blood. Paquin completed shooting on Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret back in 2005, but the film reportedly got stuck in the editing room with the director unable to trim the film to an agreeable length for the studio and the studio unwilling to continue funding a film that might not ever get released.
Luckily, hope was not abandoned, a cut satisfactory to all parties was finally achieved and Margaret was released in the Fall of 2011. Somewhat lost in all the controversy surrounding the film’s journey to the big screen is what a terrific piece of work it is. There are a couple of wonderful supporting performances from Jeannie Berlin and J. Smith-Cameron and a remarkable star turn by Paquin who really shines. Her character Lisa is a somewhat privileged New York 17-year-old who is precociously intelligent but not at all emotionally equipped to cope with a very adult tragedy she finds herself wrapped up in. Paquin tears into Lonergan’s finely drawn, full-blooded character with the fearlessness you’d hope for from an actress who has been working at her craft for the better part of two decades.
Paquin recently took a few minutes out of her busy schedule shooting the 5th season of True Blood to talk to Awards Daily about Margaret.