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Posted May 06, 2010 to photo album "Mia Wasikowska"
Mia Wasikowska, one of the stars of Focus Features’ The Kids Are All Right, is one of the most exciting emerging actresses of the moment.
Before she made her name in Hollywood, Wasikowska was a rising star in the Australian filmmaking community. After that decision to leave dance for film, she signed with an agent and then went up for auditions, landing a role in an Australian hospital show, All Saints. Other parts quickly followed, ranging from a killer gator horror flick, Rogue, to September, a drama set in 1968 dealing with Aboriginal issues. In the latter, Wasikowska plays the girl who comes between two teens — one a white Australian and the other an Aborigine. There was also another titular role in one of the best shorts in recent years, Spencer Susser’s I Love Sarah Jane, in which a 13-year-old boy pursues his girl crush (Wasikowska) in a post-zombie apocalypse world. In another edgy film, 2006’s Suburban Mayhem, she turned in a supporting part that landed her the Australian Film Institute’s Young Actor’s Award. Now, between movie shoots in Europe and in the U.S., Wasikowska returns to her family home in Canberra, where she still has her own room. “I don't consider myself a starlet or a Hollywood person,” she told Australia’s Courier Mail. “When I'm in LA, I'm there for work and then I leave and join the rest of the world. I like keeping that balance. I haven't decided where to base myself, but coming back to Canberra grounds me. It connects me back to the real world, reminding me there's a sphere outside filmmaking and it's not all that people do and think about."