She completed a year at Columbia University before leaving to focus on her acting career.
As a child, she played the role of Flora McGrath in Jane Campion 's romantic drama film The Pianodespite having had little acting experience. For her performance, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11, making her the second-youngest winner in Oscar history. She played mutant superheroine Rogue in multiple films of the X-Men franchise and was nominated for a Saturn Award for her performance in the first installment.
Paquin has two older siblings: Andrew borna director, and Katya born  whose partner is the Green Party of New Zealand 's former co-leader Russel Norman. Her musical childhood hobbies in New Zealand included playing the violacello and piano. She also participated in gymnasticsballetswimming and downhill skiingthough she did not have any hobbies related to acting.
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Having begun her secondary education in Wellington at Wellington Girls' Collegeshe completed her high school diploma at Windward School in Los Angeles, after moving to the U. She studied at Columbia University for one year but has since been on a leave of absence to continue her acting career.
Director Jane Campion was looking for a little girl to play a main role in The Pianoset to film in New Zealand, and a newspaper advertisement was run announcing an open audition. Paquin's sister read the ad and went to try out with a friend; this inspired Paquin to audition.
When Campion met Paquin—whose only acting experience had been as a skunk in a school play—she was very impressed with the nine-year-old's performance of the monologue about Flora's father, and she was chosen from among the candidates.
When The Piano was released in it was lauded by critics, won prizes at a number of film festivals, and eventually became a popular film among a wide audience.
Paquin's debut performance in the film earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11, making her the second-youngest Oscar winner in history, behind Tatum O'Neal. She systematically rejected them, but she did appear in three commercials for the phone company MCI in Inshe appeared in two films.
The first role was as young Jane in Jane Eyre. The other 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 goslings. The Last Standin Between andshe starred in, as well as executive-produced Blue State. The film is made by Paquin Filmsa production company formed by her and her brother, Andrew Sookie and bill dating in real life.
Inshe played the role of Laurie in the horror film Trick 'r Treatwhich was released in While working on True Blood, she started dating co-star Stephen Moyer and later married him in The film was made in Latvia, and was a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation for the network. She played a cameo role in Scream 4alongside Kristen Bell in Paquin reprised her role as Rogue in the film X-Men: Days of Future Pastbut most of her scenes were cut out for the theatrical release.