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Anna Paquin Pt. 6

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Anna Paquin Interview
By E.C. Gladstone

EG: What about the last dream you had?

AP: A few days after we finished school, I dreamt that I had a paper to turn in and it was one of those dreams where, I had like a dead line but for some reason I couldn’t move. I was stuck sitting in one place, and I just would look at the clock and it was going round and round. And I knew, but for some reason I was completely incapable of even standing up, and then every time I tried I would like get distracted by something and it was just horrible, because I’m really good with meeting deadlines and it was just really disturbing. Anxiety dream. But it’s school’s fault. Because I have like a million assignments and papers and tests and stuff all the time.

EG: Do you like writing papers?

AP: I actually enjoy writing because it’s nice to be able to express yourself in words, but papers are always a little bit too stressful to really enjoy. I like it when we get creative writing, assigned, that’s really nice. Like instead of writing a paper on a book, we’d have to write, say, a 3 page short story in the style of, or write an extra chapter for the book, you know things like that. Or change the ending. We had an assignment where we had to re-write a chapter of Heart Of Darkness–like choose like a significant moment and put it in a different setting, at a different time and place, different people, but have the same main things really happen, and it would cover the same kind of thematic moments.

EG: So what did you do?

AP: Let me think, what did I do? I re-wrote the last few pages, where Marlow goes back and tells Mr. Kurtz’s attendant that he was really the good guy after all…

EG: And how did you change it?

AP: I think I re-wrote it that Mr. Kurtz was some psychotic serial killer or something. And Marlow was a lawyer, It was just stupid.

EG: I haven’t seen X-Men yet…though I have seen the trailer!

AP: More than I have! I almost saw the trailer…

EG: Well, you appear to be the only mutant who has avoided any serious make-up.

AP: Did you know that Rebecca Romijn-Stamos had ten and a half hours of make-up every day? If you put me through ten and a half hours, you would have used exactly all of my child working hours. Well, for one thing, there wasn’t anything that needed to be done to my character, it just so happened. But if you start like having four hour make-up processes, that leaves them like, six hours to work with. So that would not have been fun at all. There was so much stuff, complicated prosthetic pieces that you have to worry about not damaging, or like, Jimmie Marsden had to act with sunglasses on the whole time, because he’s Cyclops.

EG: What’s it like playing a super hero?

AP: Actually, Rogue is probably the least frivolous…because she doesn’t have any strange physical manifestations of any mutations. She doesn’t look any different. She can absorb people’s abilities if she touches them, and memories and feelings, and basically kind of drain them, if she touches their skin, even for a second. And there’s a cool effect when that happens. I haven’t seen it, but they tell me it’s cool. The whole premise of the movie kind of makes it just a little bit, like you can’t get upset or frustrated or angered when you just think ‘OK, I’m going to work every day and I’m pretending I’m a mutant superhero!’ You just can’t take it that seriously. I mean you take it seriously, but you can’t take it too seriously, in like a bad way. There’s some kind of goofy stuff acting-wise, that you have to do to pretend that things are going on around you when you’re doing blue screen/green screen stuff. Sometimes it’s hard.

Continued at Part 7

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