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It actors Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender on scary movies, screen sex, and their new film, Jane Eyre.

Mia Wasikowska, with her almost spectral elegance and innate grace, is somehow the love child of Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton. This otherworldly quality made her the perfect actress to portray out-of-time heroines like Alice (in Wonderland) and, most recently, the title character in the new Jane Eyre. Though 21, the Australian actress is convincing as a modern teen in The Kids Are All Right and the upcoming Restless, directed by Gus Van Sant. She often has a faraway, slightly unknowable look in her eye: Wasikowska and her characters seem to have secrets, which fuel the mystery of both.

What was the first movie that made a big impression on you?

I think it was Bambi. I remember being traumatized by the experience—I was so upset when the mum died in the movie. There were a few films that got me interested in acting and cinema. I’m Polish, but I grew up in Australia. My mom used to have a lot of European cinema playing in the house, so I’d catch bits and pieces of films. I really, really loved Krzysztof Kieslowski’s films, especially Blue and Red.

Do you speak Polish?
A little bit but not very well. When I was eight years old, we lived in Poland for a year. I was just there about three weeks ago—it definitely seems very familiar. I am at home there, but I feel like I could live anywhere now.

Perhaps that’s because you’ve been on movie sets all over the world from the time you were a teenager. Did you get your start in school plays?
I did a few amateur theater productions when I was young, but I was really shy. I didn’t like drama classes, so it has always surprised me that I ended up in films. I’d always done dance. I was eight when I started ballet. I was really serious—I danced about 35 hours a week. I finished with dance when I was about 15.

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by on March 3,2011

You probably recognize Mia Wasikowska from her adventures in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Perhaps you first spotted the ethereal doe-eyed young actress in the WWII film “Defiance.” Maybe you didn’t see “The Kids Are All Right,” but heard she was pretty good in it.

Well, after “Jane Eyre” opens, you should learn to pronounce the last name of this 21-year-old Aussie. Repeat after us: “Vash-i-kov-ska.”

According to Mia, she’d read Charlotte Bronte’s classic tale and actively sought out the plum role in Cary Fukunaga’s gothic remake. Mia, as the “poor, obscure, plain and little” Jane, steals scenes from costars Judi Dench, Jamie Bell and Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester. No small feats. The emerging star sat down with NextMovie to tell us all about her airtime in “Eyre.”

Now let’s try that last name again.”Vash-i-kov-ska.”


by on March 3,2011


by on March 3,2011

Mia Wasikowska attends the “Jane Eyre” Premiere at the Tribeca Grand Hotel on Wednesday in New York.

The 21-year-old actress was joined on the red carpet by her costar Michael Fassbender Mia looked simply stunning wearing a Elie Saab dress.

Public Appearances > Public Appearances 2011 > March 9: Jane Eyre NY Premiere – Arrivals
Public Appearances > Public Appearances 2011 > March 9: Jane Eyre NY Premiere – After Party

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Mia Wasikowska attended the Australians In Film screening of Focus Features “Jane Eyre” held at the Writers Guild theatre on March 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.

Public Appearances 2011 > March 4: Australians In Film Screening Of Focus Features’ “Jane Eyre” – Arrivals
Public Appearances 2011 > March 4: Australians In Film Screening Of Focus Features’ “Jane Eyre” – Panel

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