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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.
The Future of Mia
As Alice in Wonderland continues to score with audiences around the world, Wasikowska’s next pictures are waiting to be released, and she’s already on set in her next leading role. First up, from Focus Features, is Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids are All Right, in which Wasikowska plays the teenage daughter of lesbian parents played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore. When she and her brother, played by Josh Hutcherson, decide to find their sperm-donor father, a casually charming Mark Ruffalo enters the mix to make all question their family values. In post-production is Restless, from Gus Van Sant, in which she plays a teen focused on mortality. Written by first-timer Jason Lew and produced by Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Bryce Dallas Howard, the project was described by the producers as “a contemporary and distinctive take on young love.” She told The Guardian, “Van Sant is fantastic. I felt so liberated on set because I was encouraged to act like a young person He wanted me to have fun and be myself; it felt like I was in college." And then there’s Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga’s take on Charlotte Bronte’s 1847 tale. Wasikowska plays the orphaned governess, and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds, Hunger) her imposing employer, Rochester. When asked by the Australian blog Movie Mazzupial what attracted her to the part, she says, simply, that she was excited by the change of pace. “I love doing things that are different from anything I’ve done before. It keeps it interesting, doing different things in different ways. I look forward to finding lots of different characters that challenge me and to also give something back to the audience.” As her career so far has more than proven, audiences will have many new characters to look forward to from Wasikowska in the years to come.