Mia Wasikowska is an Australian actress. She made her screen debut on the Australian television drama All Saints in 2004, followed by her feature film debut in Suburban Mayhem (2006).
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1. Mia Wasikowska was born October 1989 in Canberra, Australia.
2. She attended Karabar High School in Queanbeyan, which neighbours Canberra.
3. She is the middle child of three, with an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai.
4. Her mother, Marzena Wasikowska, is a Polish-born photographer, while her father, John Reid, is an Australian photographer and collagist.
5. 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 to Australia in 1974, at the age of eleven.
6. 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.”
7. At the age of nine Wasikowska began training as a ballerina with Jackie Hallahan at the Canberra Dance Development Centre, with hopes of going professional.
8. She began dancing en pointe at thirteen, and was training 35 hours a week in addition to attending school full-time, her daily routine consisting of leaving school in the early afternoon and dancing until nine o’clock at night.
9. A spur on her heel hampered her dancing.
10. Her passion for ballet also waned due to the increasing pressure to achieve physical perfection and her growing dissatisfaction with the industry in general, and she quit at fourteen. However, she credits ballet with improving her ability to handle her nerves in auditions.
11. At the same time, she had been exposed to European and Australian cinema at an early age, particularly Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours trilogy and Gillian Armstrong’s My Brilliant Career.
12. Although she was shy and averse to performing during her school years, she became inspired to break into acting after watching Holly Hunter in The Piano and Gena Rowlands in A Woman Under the Influence, in addition to the opportunity of exploring imperfections in film.
13. Despite having no prior acting experience, Wasikowska looked up twelve Australian talent agencies on the Internet and contacted them all, receiving only one response; she successfully arranged a meeting following persistent callbacks.
14. Wasikowska landed her first acting role in 2004, with a two-episode stint on the Australian soap All Saints. She had just turned fifteen when she was cast in her Australian film debut, 2006’s Suburban Mayhem, for which she received a nomination for a Young Actor’s AFI Award.
15. That same year, she also appeared in her first short film, Lens Love Story, in which she had no dialogue.
16. In 2007, Wasikowska appeared in the crocodile horror film Rogue, alongside Radha Mitchell and Sam Worthington. She observed quietly on the set; fellow actor Stephen Curry noted, “We didn’t hear a peep out of her for three weeks, which earned her the nickname of ‘Rowdy.’ ”
17. She beat out nearly 200 other actresses for a part in the drama September, being cast on the spot by director Peter Carstairs following her audition.
18. She then starred in Spencer Susser’s acclaimed short film I Love Sarah Jane, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
19. At the age of seventeen, Wasikowska received her first big break role in the United States when she was cast as Sophie, a suicidal gymnast, in HBO’s acclaimed weekly drama In Treatment, after she auditioned for the role by videotape.
20. The part required her to leave school in Canberra and move to Los Angeles for three months, while enrolling in correspondence courses. She earned critical acclaim for her performance as the troubled teenager treated by psychotherapist Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne), which included praise for her excellent American accent.
21. Wasikowska revealed in an October 2008 interview with Variety that she was something of a mimic as a child and that the large influx of American films and TV shows made it easier for Australians to pick up the accent.
22. The exposure from the show led to Wasikowska picking up her first American film appearances.
23. She played the role of Chaya, the young wife of Asael Bielski (Jamie Bell), in Defiance.
24. Her next role was that of aviation pioneer Elinor Smith in Mira Nair’s 2009 biopic Amelia.
25. In June 2008, due to her work on In Treatment, she was a recipient of an Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.
26. Wasikowska played the supporting role of Pamela Choat in the 2009 Southern Gothic independent film That Evening Sun, opposite Hal Holbrook.
27. She was nominated for a 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, which she lost to Mo’Nique (Precious), though the film received a South by Southwest award for Best Ensemble Cast.
28. In July 2008, after a lengthy search, Wasikowska was cast as the eponymous heroine in Tim Burton’s retelling of Alice in Wonderland, alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. She sent a videotaped audition to casting directors in London, and her first live reading in Los Angeles occurred on the same day as her Evening Sun audition. After three more auditions in London – which saw her flying back and forth from Australia to England in just as many weeks – she was awarded the role.
29. For Lisa Cholodenko’s indie comedy The Kids Are All Right, Wasikowska was cast as Joni, the bookish daughter of a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) who was conceived via artificial insemination.
30. On 25 October, Wasikowska was honored with the Hollywood Awards’ Breakthrough Actress Award, which was presented to her by Bryce Dallas Howard, and she won the Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress on 12 December for her performance in Alice in Wonderland.
31. According to Forbes, Alice in Wonderland was amongst the highest-grossing films of 2010 with $1.03 billion. As of October 2013, it is the fifteenth-highest-grossing film of all time.
32. From March to May 2010, Wasikowska filmed Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, in which she starred as the title character opposite Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester.
33. Wasikowska turned down a part in Robert Redford’s 2011 film The Conspirator in order to play the female lead in Restless, which she filmed from November to December 2009.
34. On 21 April 2011, Wasikowska was named to the Time 100, a listing of the world’s most influential people, which featured a brief essay written by Albert Nobbs co-star Glenn Close.
35. In June, Wasikowska was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
36. In December, she was among a group of actors who filmed a series of shorts from The New York Times titled Touch of Evil, which honored the art of cinematic villainy.
37. In 2011, Wasikowska shot the small supporting role of Shia LaBeouf’s character’s love interest in John Hillcoat’s Lawless.
38. Wasikowska appeared in Miu Miu’s spring 2012 fashion campaign.
39. In 2012, she made her second appearance in a Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, this time on the front panel.
40. Filming of her next project, Richard Ayoade’s The Double, began in the UK in May 2012.
41. In July, she shot Jim Jarmusch’s vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive, in which she plays the younger sister of Tilda Swinton’s character.
42. Wasikowska made her directorial debut on a segment of a film adaptation of The Turning, a collection of short stories by Australian author Tim Winton.
43. In July 2013, Wasikowska began filming David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars in Toronto; the film was released in 2014.
44. In 2013, Wasikowska replaced Emma Stone in the upcoming horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro titled Crimson Peak. She appeared alongside Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. The film started shooting in February 2014 with a 16 October 2015 release date.
45. In May 2015, Wasikowska joined the cast of Cédric Jimenez’s upcoming historical thriller film titled HHHH, based on the novel of the same name, starring alongside Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell and Jack Reynor. Filming began in late 2015.
46. Wasikowska reprised the role of Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass, the 2016 sequel to Alice in Wonderland.
47. In her spare time, Wasikowska is an avid photographer, often chronicling her travels and capturing images of her film sets with a Rolleiflex camera.
48. 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.
49. One of her on-set images, featuring Fukunaga and Jane Eyre costar 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.
50. Wasikowska resides in Bronte, New South Wales.
51. She dated Jesse Eisenberg, her co-star in The Double, from 2013 to 2015.