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For five seasons, Anna Paquin has delivered stellar performances as Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood, but her career started long before her fangbanging days.
As a child, Anna not only acted in a handful of buzzworthy films (including our personal favorite, Fly Away Home), but she also won an Oscar at the ripe age of 11!
For her performance in The Piano, our favorite faerie won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1994, beating out the likes of Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez, Winona Ryder, and Emma Thompson — and delivering a downright adorable speech.
The most surprising part was that this was her first role ever, picked out of a crowd of young girls at open auditions in New Zealand. The second most surprising? Where she kept her award back then.
Anna told TIME that she kept it in her “sock drawer or closet” as a child because she “didn’t really want to have it out on display.” As happy as she was to be honored, she thought that “it felt a bit ostentatious and sort of, ‘Look at me, look at me!’” so she kept it “tucked away.”
But nowadays, Anna keeps it proudly on her “beauty table” — aka a vanity — which she adorably described as, “You know, the thing with the mirror, with the makeup in it.”
Aww! You can watch 11-year-old Anna’s performance in The Piano here, and then watch her short but sweet acceptance speech — in her natural New Zealand accent while trying not to hyperventilate — at the Oscars below!
Source: TIME via YouTube