The Horror Honeys: In Defense of Anna Paquin...

In Defense of Anna Paquin...

AKA Back the Fuck Up Off Her... She's Awesome by Revenge Honey Linnie

As soon as Anna Paquin was finished filming her role as Sookie Stackhouse on HBO's True Blood, the first thing she did was dye her hair an array of gorgeous blues and purples to signify that her hair was hers again, and that she no longer had to be tied to Sookie's signature golden locks. This just represented why I've always been a huge fan of Paquin's. Even in the cookie-cutter world of Hollywood, she is exceptionally herself.

That is some Honey-approved hair, right there.

We all know where your eye went first.
But ever since the Canadian-born and New Zealand-raised Paquin took on the role of Sookie in 2008, she has been less than popular among Trubies. My theory has always been that outside of the fact that Sookie was never a terribly well-written character, she is akin to tossing a cute girl into gay porn. Sure, she's pretty and vaguely likable, but no one is tuning in to see her. Sookie may have been the "core" of True Blood but the reality is that you would be hard-pressed to find a single person who said they were watching every week for her story. And that isn't Paquin's fault.

It certainly doesn't help that Anna first came to Hollywood as a precocious child actor. Let's be honest: unless your name happens to be Jodie Foster, no one likes you when you're a child actor. No one. Then tack on the fact in 1993, Paquin beat out Holly Hunter, Rosie Perez, Winona Ryder, and Emma Freaking Thompson to win an Oscar for her FIRST film role in The Piano, and people will inevitably develop an impression of you as an entitled brat. Seriously. Look what happened to Tatum O'Neil. On second thought, don't. It's too depressing.

I love you, but that hat just screams "precocious."

Shut your cake holes: I liked her as Rogue.
At this point, most people probably stopped paying attention to Anna until her role as Rogue in the X-Men films, but as I am only a touch younger than Ms. Paquin and desperately wanted to be an actress myself at that age, I followed her career very closely. From her role as a young Jane Eyre in Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of my favorite book to her part as a teenage runaway in Hurlyburly, I was in awe of everything she did. And very little has changed as she's grown up.

I could list off the many indie films that she has shined in, but at this point I will just mention my favorite film in which she has ever taken part that wasn't made by Noah Baumbach: Trick 'r Treat. I waited ANXIOUSLY for AGES for this movie to come to theaters, which it never did. So eventually I had to stalk myself a copy of the DVD and I wasn't remotely disappointed in her part in the anthology film, which has become a cult classic among horror fans. Her story about a young woman looking to lose her "virginity" on Halloween night was engaging and absolutely perfect for her. I will never stop listing this scene as one of the sexiest in a horror film... Ever.

Don't even try to argue with me.

So whatever Anna Paquin does now that True Blood is complete, whether it is sign on to a new television show or make a dozen babies with her real-life Bill Compton, I know I will be anxious to hear about it. Because no matter what you naysayers and Sookie-haters say, I love the crap out of Anna Paquin. And I think she's only getting better with age.

No more blonde hair. Ever.