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.
Wasikowska’s Australian parts were in dark, gritty dramas — worlds away from the teen comedies that many young American actresses do in their early careers. So, when it came time to work in the States, it was natural that Wasikowska would play a character like Sophie, a troubled teenager in HBO’s emotionally intense In Treatment
series. She left school in Canberra, enrolled in correspondence courses, and traveled to Los Angeles for three months with her mother to do the show. In Treatment
, created by the filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia and based on the hit Israeli series Be’ Tipul
, was an actor’s dream — one-hour episodes in which a character confronted their fears and frailties in a weekly session with therapist Paul Weston, played by Gabriel Byrne. Sophie was “Wednesday’s child,” a suicidal teen athlete. In a series studded with established actresses like Embeth Davidtz and Dianne Wiest, Wasikowska was tagged as the show’s break-out discovery. Wrote James Poniewozik at Time
Magazine’s “Tuned In” TV blog
, “Wasikowska is flat-out stunning as the Olympic hopeful who, seeking therapy after a car accident that may have been intentional, gradually reveals a heartbreaking story while fighting Paul—slyly, charmingly, sometimes cruelly—every step of the way.”