However, she was invited to the William Morris Agency, and she kept receiving offers for new roles.
Paquin has two older siblings: Andrew (born 1977), a director, and Katya (born 1980), Paquin's family moved to New Zealand when she was four.
Her musical childhood hobbies in New Zealand included playing the viola, cello and piano.
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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 Piano, set to film in New Zealand, and a newspaper advertisement was run announcing an open audition.
She also appeared as a voice in an audio book entitled The Magnificent Nose in 1994. its sequel X2 in 2003, and its third installment, X-Men: The Last Stand, in 2006.
Between 20, she starred in, as well as executive-produced Blue State.
Paquin was a successful child actress, receiving multiple Young Artist Award nominations for her roles in Fly Away Home (1996), The Member of the Wedding (1997), and A Walk on the Moon (1999), and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for appearing in Cameron Crowe's comedy-drama film Almost Famous (2000).
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.
The film is made by Paquin Films, a production company formed by her and her brother, Andrew Paquin.