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Mia Wasikowska

Mia Wasikowska

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1989-10-25

43 Movies · 1 TV Series

Biography

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.

Personal Life

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.

Early Life

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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