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Anna Paquin Interview
By E.C. Gladstone

EG: Who did you like working with?

AP: Well the only people I really worked with a lot were Hugh Jackman and Ian McKellan, and they were great. Everyone else I worked for a little bit, and I wished I could have worked with them more. We had like a really great cast, you know.

EG: Do you get anything artistically out of working with an actor like Sir Ian?

AP: I think that–and this is probably not going to be your satisfactory answer, so I am just warning you–what you get from watching someone who’s so, so talented and experienced as him, is more kind of learning by osmosis than anything specific, if you know what I mean. It’s just so fascinating to watch them and see how they work, and see what they do and how they do it. It’s more that it kind of inspires you to focus even more and try even harder. You kind of try and bring yourself up as close to their level as you can. It just makes your standards of what you consider to be doing a good job even higher, and I think that’s a good thing.

EG: What’s the favorite scene that you did, that you’re looking forward to seeing how it turned out?

AP: There’s this great big scene that’s hugely important to the plot, and I’m very looking forward to seeing how it comes out, but because it’s hugely important to the plot, I’m not going to tell you anything because they will not be happy.  But it’s this big fabulous scene, that’s kind of the climax of the movie. After you see this movie, I don’t know if you’re going to want to be a mutant.  I mean they have a little bit of a rough time.

EG: Are you a fan of the comics?

AP: I wasn’t really a big comic book fan.  So it wasn’t really specific to X-Men, it was just, I didn’t read comics. I never really have watched a lot of movies [either]. I like to go to the movies once in a while. I like going out with my friends.  And I like actually doing something, not just sitting still.

EG:  Like what?

AP: Like, someone’s having a party.  You can’t get into clubs, because you’re not 21.  There’s underage clubs and that’s sometimes fun.  Sometimes we just like hang out at someone’s house.  We go to Third Street [Santa Monica] sometimes.  Normal teenage stuff.

EG: The Oscar speech; In retrospect, have you ever thought that you wished you had done anything differently?

AP: No, because honestly, me at 11 if I had gotten up and got my little piece of paper out, and read this perfect little speech, and had been all slick, that would so not have been me.  And it would have taken such a ridiculously large number of hours of practicing.  And I just think that me at 11, that would have been no way been an appropriate thing to do. I had no idea what I was doing, and that’s who I was. I mean, everyone gets to say, ‘I am so surprised.’  I was surprised! I could genuinely say that I was surprised and I think that that’s a perfectly legitimate way to respond. Suddenly someone says, ‘And the Oscar goes to you! Get up on stage, speak’ You go, ‘Uhhhh.  Me speak now, be composed.’  Um, No.  I could hardly see over the podium!

EG:  You think you’d be more prepared next time?

AP: Next time?  I wish there would be a next time.  Well that’s very flattering but does that happen more than once in the same 18 year old’s lifetime?  I don’t know.

EG: Well let’s talk about another actress who was recognized at that age–do you see any similarities between you and Jodie Foster?

AP: I don’t really know a lot about her career as such, I mean, I know that she’s one of the few people that actually kind of made that transition from child actress to serious adult actor. But I don’t know really what kind of things she did and when, and I haven’t really looked at it.

Continued at Part 8

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