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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.
From Dance to Film
Most people who seem like overnight successes actually aren’t, and Wasikowska is no exception. She has been performing since a very early age in her hometown of Canberra, Australia. The daughter of a Polish photographer mother, Marzina Wasikowska, and Australian painter father, John Reid, Wasikowska studied ballet as a child and then, at 14, shifted her focus to acting. She explains to the Times of London, “I was doing 35 hours a week, and it became so much about physical perfection that it kind of beats you down and grates on your self-esteem. I loved performing, and I was watching all these amazing films, like Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Blue. What I liked most about them was that, unlike ballet, they were about imperfection and all the things we, as human beings, do wrong. I became really attracted to that, because it seemed to be much more about real life than ballet.”