Few actresses make me feel more like a creepy uncle than Anna Paquin. She hit the scene in 1993 as a bright-eyed, precocious little girl in Jane Campion’s otherwise lurid and droning film The Piano, eliciting many a surprised gasp when she took the Oscar for her performance.
She made a cautious path through her early teens as a low-key child star, appearing in very few movies. Then suddenly, she appeared in X-men as the untouchable mutant called Rogue with a shock of white hair and a tight black leather bodysuit that dared you to touch it. The suit, I mean… which you couldn’t because of her superpowers… not, you know, IT.
In any case, it was the perfect part for her. Not yet a woman and unable to touch another person for fear of the consequences, it was a great metaphoric device for a young actress whose sexuality was beginning to bloom but could not be put on full display due to her age.
That wasn’t really much of a concern by the time she started appearing as the main character of the HBO series True Blood, Sookie Stackhouse. Although the name sounds more fitting to a piece of tail turning tricks at an Atlanta bus station than a waitress, Anna plays a (mostly) good girl with a taste for vampire… um, blood.
If you don’t already watch the show, by the way, it’s a pretty reliable source for mid-budget monster shenanigans that are only slightly less campy than the 1987 classic, The Monster Squad, and also some cheap nudity here and there. Of course, I’m not talking about the sex scenes with Anna and real-life fiance Stephen Moyer (who plays vampire Bill Compton on the show), which are anything but cheap. In fact, they’re probably the only kind of smut where a lot of biting is actually a good thing.
Whether you’re a fan of solid acting performances or just enjoy watching a beautiful woman who is perpetually in distress, it may be worth tuning to get your creepy-uncle-on.