Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1989-10-25
43 Movies · 1 TV Series
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Mia Wasikowska (born 25 October 1989) is an Australian actress. After starting her career in Australian television and film, she first became known to a wider audience following her critically acclaimed work on the HBO television series In Treatment. She gained worldwide prominence in 2010 after starring as Alice in Tim Burton's feature film Alice in Wonderland and appearing in The Kids Are All Right, for which she received the Hollywood Awards' Breakthrough Actress Award. In 2011, Wasikowska portrayed the title character in Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of Jane Eyre. She will also star in Gus Van Sant's Restless and Rodrigo Garcia's Albert Nobbs, in addition to shooting three additional projects by John Hillcoat, Robert Connolly and Park Chan-wook during the course of the year. That same year, she was named to the Time 100, a list of the most influential people in the world, for the first time.
In her spare time, Wasikowska is an avid photographer, often chronicling her travels and capturing images of her film sets with a Rolleiflex camera. During production of Jane Eyre, she had a secret pocket sewn into one of her costumes in order to conceal a smaller digital camera that she used between takes. One of her on-set images, featuring Fukunaga and Jane Eyre co-star Jamie Bell, was selected as a finalist in the 2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize hosted by Australia's National Portrait Gallery on 24 February 2011.Wasikowska resides in Bronte, New South Wales. She was in a relationship with Jesse Eisenberg, her co-star in The Double, in 2013.
Wasikowska was born and raised in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. She attended Cook Primary School, Ainslie Primary School and Canberra High School, and Karabar High School in Queanbeyan, which neighbours Canberra. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. Her mother, Marzena Wasikowska, is a Polish-born photographer, while her father, John Reid, is an Australian photographer and collagist. In 1998, when she was eight years old, Wasikowska and her family moved to Szczecin, Poland, for a year, after her mother had received a grant to produce a collection of work based on her own experience of having emigrated from Poland to Australia in 1974, at the age of eleven. Wasikowska and her siblings took part in the production as subjects; she explained to Johanna Schneller of The Globe and Mail in July 2010, "We never had to smile or perform. We weren't always conscious of being photographed. We'd just do our thing, and she'd take pictures of us."At the age of nine, Wasikowska began studying ballet with Jackie Hallahan at the Canberra Dance Development Centre, with hopes of going professional. She began dancing en pointe at thirteen, and was training 35 hours a week in addition to attending school full-time. Her daily routine consisted of leaving school in the early afternoon and dancing until nine o'clock at night. A spur on her heel hampered her dancing. Her passion for ballet also waned due to the increasing pressure to achieve physical perfection and her growing dissatisfaction with that world in general, and she quit at fourteen. However, she credits ballet with improving her ability to handle her nerves in auditions.At the same time, she had been exposed to European and Australian cinema at an early age, and was moved particularly by Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colours trilogy and Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career. Although shy and averse to performing during her school years, Wasikowska was inspired to try to break into acting after watching Holly Hunter in The Piano and Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence. She felt acting in film was a way to explore human imperfections. Wasikowska looked up twelve Australian talent agencies on the Internet and contacted them all, receiving only one response. Despite her lack of acting experience, she arranged a meeting following persistent callbacks.
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A terminally ill mother invites her family to their country house for one final gathering, but tensions quickly boil over between her two daughters.
The Devil All the Time
In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters converge around young Arvin Russell as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.
The House Is Alive: Constructing 'Crimson Peak'
A newly edited, feature-length documentary with cast and crew interviews and extensive behind the scenes footage
Judy & Punch
In the anarchic town of Seaside, nowhere near the sea, puppeteers Judy and Punch are trying to resurrect their marionette show. The show is a hit due to Judy's superior puppeteering but Punch's drivin...
In this twisted love story, a man seeks out an unsuspecting stranger to help him purge the dark torments of his past. His plan goes awry when he encounters a woman with plans of her own.
Around 1870, the small town of Oregon was located near the sea. Henry, a grieving man who aspires to preach as a way to overcome his unfortunate past, and Samuel Alabaster, an eccentric pioneer who ha...
The Light and Dark of Crimson Peak
A behind the scenes look at the colors and themes of Crimson Peak.
Hand Tailored Gothic
A look at the costume design for Crimson Peak.
I Remember Crimson Peak
Four segments that breakdown the filmmaking process of Crimson Peak.
Madly explores love in all its permutations in six short films from a vibrant group of filmmakers representing Japan, Argentina, the UK, the US, India, and Australia. All forms of love are on display ...
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Alice Kingsleigh returns to Underland and faces a new adventure in saving the Mad Hatter.
Oscar Wilde's the Nightingale and the Rose
A nightingale bird discovers a true lover when she witnesses a young university student talk with great passion about his beloved. The Nightingale goes on a quest to find the red rose the Student need...
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swep...
An awkward office drone becomes increasingly unhinged after a charismatic and confident look-alike takes a job at his workplace and seduces the woman he desires.
Travelling at Night with Jim Jarmusch
A portrait of the American director Jim J. at work on the set of his latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive.
The classic story of Emma Bovary, the beautiful wife of a small-town doctor in 19th century France, who engages in extra marital affairs in an attempt to advance her social status.
Maps to the Stars
Driven by an intense need for fame and validation, members of a dysfunctional Hollywood family are chasing celebrity, one another and the relentless ghosts of their pasts.
Accompanied only by her faithful dog and four camels, an Australian satisfies her craving for solitude by embarking on a solo trip across the desert from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean.
Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping ...
Only Lovers Left Alive
A depressed musician reunites with his lover in the desolate streets of Detroit. Though their romance has endured several centuries, it is tested by the arrival of her capricious and unpredictable you...
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and be...
Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man, so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most posh hotel, Albert meets ...
Touch of Evil
Some of 2011's stand-out film actors appear in "a video gallery of cinematic villainy" for New York Times Magazine.
After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, ...
Two outsiders, both shaped by the circumstances that have brought them together, forge a deep and lasting love.
Alice in Wonderland: Finding Alice
A look at Alice from Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice in Wonderland: The Mad Hatter
A look at The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland (2010)
The Kids Are All Right
Two women, Nic and Jules, brought a son and daughter into the world through artificial insemination. When one of their children reaches age, both kids go behind their mothers' backs to meet with the d...
Alice in Wonderland
Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage a...
That Evening Sun
An aging Tennessee farmer returns to his homestead and must confront a family betrayal, the reappearance of an old enemy, and the loss of his farm.
A look at the life of legendary American pilot Amelia Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean in 1937 in an attempt to make a flight around the world.
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Set within the highly charged confines of individual psychotherapy sessions and centering around Dr. Paul Weston, a psychotherapist who exhibits an insightful, reserved demeanor while treating his pat...
Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the...
Two teenagers try to kill time at the edge of a river, smoking, going with the girls at the pool. In the evening, when night falls, things suddenly become more interesting.
I Love Sarah Jane
Ah, young love. The air seems clearer. The sun seems brighter. There's a spring in the step. Too bad about the zombie apocalypse.
Robert tries to rekindle a relationship with his teenage daughters Emma and Zoe on their last holiday together before the divorce. He slowly begins to realize that not only has he lost access to all t...
Lens Love Story
Len, a mildly autistic man, is having trouble with day-to-day life after his mother's death, until she sends him something quite unexpected to help him on his way.
Cosette lives a sheltered, ignorant life in an isolated world with her alternative-lifestyle father Jim. When Jim suddenly dies, Cosette is left to fend for herself. Scared and hungry, she embarks on ...
The friendship of two 15 year old boys - one black, one white - begins to fall apart under the stress of a changing world.
From the director of Wolf Creek comes this terrifying look at nature's perfect killing machine. When a group of tourists stumble into the remote Australian river territory of an enormous crocodile, th...