|Date of Birth
||July 24, 1982
|Place of Birth
Much to the surprise of the makers, The Piano was a success among the critics and started to win prizes in film festivals, and eventually became a popular movie among the wide audience. Her debut performance, in the 1993 film earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of eleven, making her the second-youngest Oscar winner in history after Tatum O'Neal.
Paquin as Flora, telling the story about her father in The PianoThe Piano was made as a small independent movie and wasn't supposed to be widely known, and Paquin and her family didn't plan to continue in the acting circles. However, she was invited to the prestigious William Morris Agency, and she kept receiving offers for new roles. She systematically refused them, but she did appear in three commercials for the phone company MCI (currently WorldCom).
While in New Zealand, Paquin attended Hutt Intermediate School from 1994-1995, where she completed Form 1 and 2. Having begun her secondary education in Wellington, New Zealand, she completed her high school diploma at Windward School in Los Angeles, where she moved with her mother following her parents' divorce. In 1996, she appeared in two movies. First one was a smallish role as young Jane in Jane Eyre. The other one was a lead part in Fly Away Home playing a young girl who, after her mother dies, moves in with her father and finds solace in taking care of orphaned goose chicks.