Anna Paquin: ‘I Don’t Look Like A Barbie Doll’
First Published: August 24, 2009 4:47 PM EDT Credit: HBO
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Anna Paquin may have ditched her natural dark hair to play Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s “True Blood”, but don’t call her a Barbie girl.
“I don’t look like a Barbie doll, and probably never will,” the actress told Nylon magazine’s September 2009 issue. “People are incredibly literal in how they view you. You have dark hair and pale skin? You must be brooding. The second you dye your hair blonde and get a spray tan, people treat you as if you’re a bit stupider and happier. Suddenly, it’s like you’re hot and sexy.”
Anna, who stars alongside her real-life fiance, Stephen Moyer, on the hit HBO show, has shown off her figure in several scenes from the current second season, but she revealed that baring it all on screen is entirely a comfortable procedure for the actress.
“I don’t think a naked body is particularly shocking or interesting… It’s not the culture I was raised in. I was not brought up in the United States,” the Canadian actress – who grew up in New Zealand – told the mag. “I don’t share the [attitude] that you can have graphic violence, but – God forbid – you see someone’s nipples.”
The 27-year-old actress won an Oscar in 1993, for her role as Holly Hunter’s daughter in the feature film “The Piano,” but she has no preference when it comes to being on the big screen vs. the small one.
“It never occurred to me that one form of acting was better than another,” she told the mag. “I think if you approach your career like that you’re limiting yourself to a very boring path. For me, it’s about the material.”
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