Mia Wasikowska Biography
Mia Wasikowska was born in 1989 in Canberra, Australia. She is an Australian actress popularly known for her role as ‘Alice’ in ‘Wonderland’ and comedy-drama film ‘The Kids Are All Right’, a role for which she received the Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Actress Award.
Mia Wasikowska was born and raised in Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish born and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At the age of nine she began studying ballet at the Canberra Dance Development Centre but she quit at fourteen. However, she credits ballet with improving her ability to handle her nerves in auditions.
Mia Wasikowska Career
In 2004 Mia Wasikowska made her screen debut on the Australian television drama ‘All Saints’for which she received a nomination for a Young Actor’s AFI Award. That same year, she also appeared in her first short film,
Lens Love Story, in which she had no dialogue.
At the age of seventeen, Mia Wasikowska received her first big break role in the United States when she was cast as Sophie, a suicidal gymnast, in HBO’s acclaimed weekly drama In Treatment; she had auditioned for the role by videotape. This show enabled Mia Wasikowska to gain roles in American films. She played the role of Chaya, the young wife of Asael Bielski (Jamie Bell), in Defiance(2008). Director Edward Zwick cast her, explaining to the Australian edition of Vogue, “Her inner life is so vivid that it comes across even when she’s being still.” Her next role was as aviation pioneer Elinor Smith in Mira Nair’s 2009
biopic Amelia. In June 2008, due to her work on In Treatment, she received an Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.
Mia Wasikowska played the supporting role of Pamela Choat in the 2009 Southern Gothic independent film That Evening Sun, opposite Hal Holbrook. Director Scott Teems, seeking a young actress who bore a resemblance to Sissy Spacek, initially balked at the casting director’s first suggestion of Wasikowska for the role. He had wanted to cast all native Southerners for the sake of authenticity. However, after auditions with other actresses were unsuccessful, Teems relented and summoned Mia Wasikowska for as audition. During the two hours she had to prepare, she watched Coal Miner’s Daughter online in
order to quickly learn a Southern accent, and impressed Teems enough to be the only non-American actor cast in the film. She was nominated for a 2009 Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, and the film received a South by Southwest award for Best Ensemble Cast.
In July 2008, Mia Wasikowska was cast as the eponymous heroine in Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland. Mia Wasikowska portrayed a nineteen-year-old Alice returning to Wonderland for the first time in over a decade after fleeing from an unwanted marriage proposal.The role earned her the Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress.
She was cast as Joni in ‘The Kids Are All Right’,the bookish daughter of a lesbian couple (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) who was conceived via artificial insemination. At her younger brother’s (Josh
Hutcherson) request, she seeks out their biological father (Mark Ruffalo).
From March to May 2010, Mia Wasikowska filmed Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre, in which she starred as the title character opposite Michael Fassbender as Mr. Rochester. She began reading the novel after completion of Alice in Wonderland, during which she asked her agent if a script existed. Two months later, she received a script and was asked to meet with Fukunaga. Fukunaga was unfamiliar with her work and was undecided about casting her, so he sought the opinion of director Gus Van Sant, who had worked with Wasikowska Mia Wasikowska on his 2011 film Restless. Fukunga told BlackBook magazine in February 2011, “Gus wrote back: ‘Cast her.'” Due to a scheduling conflict, she had to withdraw from the lead in Julia Leigh’s 2011 Australian independent film Sleeping Beauty, and she was replaced by Emily Browning.
Mia Wasikowska repriced the role of Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass, the 2016 sequel to Alice in Wonderland. She appeared in the David Zellner western Damsel, alongside her Maps to the Stars co-star Robert Pattinson. In February 2017, it was announced that she had filmed the forthcoming thriller Piercing, directed by Nicolas Pesce and based on Ryū Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name.
Mia Wasikowska Photography
Wasikowska is an avid photographer, in her spare time, often chronicling her travels and capturing images of her film sets with a Rolleiflex camera. During production of Jane Eyre, she had a secret pocket sewn into one of her costumes in order to conceal a smaller digital camera that she used between takes. One of her on-set images, featuring Fukunaga and Jane Eyre co-star Jamie Bell, was selected as a finalist in the 2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize hosted by Australia’s National Portrait Gallery on 24 February 2011.
Mia Wasikowska Age
She was born on 14 October 1989.
Mia Wasikowska Net Worth
Mia Wasikowska is an Australian actress who has an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars.
Mia Wasikowska Movies and TV Shows
- 2004 – 2005: All Saints as Lily WAtson
- 2006: Suburban Mayhem as Lilya
- 2006: Eve as Eve
- 2007: Lens Love Story as Girl
- 2007: Skin as Emma
- 2007: Cosette as Cosette
- 2007: September as Amelia Hamilton
- 2007: Rogue as Sherry
- 2008: I Love Sarah Jane as Sarah Jane
- 2008: In Treatment as Sophie
- 2008: Summer Breaks as Kara
- 2008: Defiance as Chaya Dziencielsky
- 2009: That Evening Sun as Pamela Choat
- 2009: Amelia as Elinor Smith
- 2010: Alice in Wonderland as Alice Kingsleigh
- 2010: The Kids Are All Right as Joni
- 2011: Jane Eyre as Jane Eyre
- 2011: Restless as Annabel Cotton
- 2011: Albert Nobbs as Helen Dawes
- 2012: Lawless as Bertha Minnix
- 2013: Stoker as India Stoker
- 2013: Only Lovers Left Alive as Ava
- 2013: Tracks as Robyn Davidson
- 2013: The Double as Hannah
- 2014: Maps to the Stars as Agatha Weiss
- 2014: Madame Bovary as Emma Bovary
- 2015: Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose as The Nightingale (voice)
- 2015: Crimson Peak as Edith Cushing
- 2016: Alice Through the Looking Glass as Alice Kingsleigh
- 2017: The Man with the Iron Heart as Anna Novak
- 2018: Damsel as Penelope
- 2018: Piercing as Jackie
Mia Wasikowska Boyfriend
In 2013 Mia Wasikowska began dating Jesse Eisenberg, her co-star in The Double but they split in 2015.
Mia Wasikowska Interview
Mia Wasikowska reprised her iconic role of Alice in Disney’s all-new fantasy adventure, Alice Through the Looking Glass, the exciting follow-up to Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland directed by James Bobin. Her character returns to the magical world of Underland and travels back in time to rescue the Mad Hatter. Mia did an interview with Collider why Alice’s story is so powerful.
Interviewer: In the story, three years have passed. How is Alice different in this movie?
Mia Wasikowska: In the first one, she was quite uncomfortable, and a little bit awkward, and was very much finding her way. In this one, she’s just spent the past few years traveling and being the captain of a ship, and being very productive, and feeling really empowered. She’s much more sure of herself in this film.
Interviewer: What about yourself? Are you more empowered as well six years later?
Mia Wasikowska: Yes. Sure. I also feel like I really know the world of green screen and what it’s like to film on that. So, I felt probably a little bit more prepared or just had a deeper understanding of making a film like this.
Interviewer: How did you approach the role of Alice this time around? What was different?
Mia Wasikowska: James brought his own very different and unique perspective on the world, which was really great. He definitely pushed all the characters to engage in a much more emotional way, and I felt a little bit more proactive in this one. There was more stuff to do. So, that was really fun.
Interviewer: Do you see yourself as more of a heroine now in this movie?
Mia Wasikowska: Yeah. Alice is always saving the day, but it was nice in this. Also, in the last one, I was changing sizes a lot, which meant that I didn’t get to act with the other people very often, and in this one, I was the same size. I know that seems like a very slight technical thing, but it actually meant I got to do a lot of scenes with people pretty much always. That was really nice.
Interviewer: After doing the first movie with Tim Burton and now this one under a new director, James Bobin, who’s coming off of two Muppet movies, what was it like working with him to continue telling the story?
Mia Wasikowska: It was great. He brought his own kind of humor to the film, which was nice. That was great, and then also, it was with a few new cast members. Sacha brought a really funny, completely different kind of character. Alice and Time have a very fun dynamic. It was really good.
Interviewer: How has directing your own film changed your approach to acting?
Mia Wasikowska: It hasn’t changed it too much. I just really enjoy it. A lot of actors maybe direct to work with actors, but I did it because I love the visual side of it. So, I got to explore that on my own, which was great. I really liked that.
Interviewer: In the world of visual effects, where six years is almost like six decades, what has changed since the first movie?
Mia Wasikowska: I’m sure there’ve been massive changes in visual effects, but to me, it was really similar, because I don’t have much to do with that. It felt physically the same – like me just being in harnesses and blue things representing the things I’m jumping on. So, it felt similar that way for me, but I’m sure there’ve been big changes.
Interviewer: How did Colleen Atwood’s costumes inform your work in this piece?
Mia Wasikowska: The costume on a green screen movie is one of the most important things, because it’s really all you have to give you a sense of the tone or the visual style. Colleen (Atwood) is super brilliant. I’ve worked with her before on the last one, and I absolutely love her costumes. Also, to see the other characters’ costumes is really important.
Interviewer: Can you talk a little bit about what Alice goes through in this second adventure?
Mia Wasikowska: Well, she’s just had her years of traveling, and feeling really fantastic, and in charge, and empowered. Then, she comes back to England and realizes the expectations of her at this point are really low. Then, when she ends up back in Underland, she has everything reaffirmed for her again and is able to come back into the real world and approach it in a very authentic way.
Interviewer: Because Alice is more involved in this one, does she have more of a feminist mindset, without knowing it’s feminist obviously because she’s young?
Mia Wasikowska: Yes, I believe so. I mean, she’s just such a great character, especially because of the time that it’s set. We were so much further behind to what we are right now. She just had very high expectations of her role in society, which is really ahead of her time and great, I think.
Interviewer: What do you think was her biggest obstacle in this society?
Mia Wasikowska: Exactly that, I guess. Just that the expectations of her were so low and she didn’t want to submit to getting married and being a wife.
Interviewer: In the first movie and the second movie as well, why were the Alice stories so beloved, not just for girls but also for boys, young and old?
Mia Wasikowska: I think it’s because the books are so unique. They’re very subjective. Everybody has a very different idea of them and interprets them in a really different way. I mean, they completely give themselves over to the idea of many, many different interpretations, because there are so many film interpretations and creative interpretations. It’s kind of cool to just add to that collection of really different interpretations.
Interviewer: Is Alice like the original superhero? Now, we have comic books for that, but do you think when Lewis Carroll wrote it that she was kind of the first super heroine?
Mia Wasikowska: Yes, for sure. That’s a good way to put it into our culture now. She’s a very classic kind of female heroine.
Interviewer: What do you think about how other films like Matrix embrace Alice archetype stories. Why do you think her story is so powerful?
Mia Wasikowska: I think even though the characters are so authentic, they are archetypal in a way, and the relationships between them maybe represent things that people can put into different contexts.
Interviewer: This time around, Sacha Baron Cohen joins the cast. Can you tell us a little bit about the dynamic and how it all fits in?
Mia Wasikowska: Yes, he’s great. He’s super funny and super smart and has his own [ideas] and just completely changed the character and imbued it with a lot of humor. The relationship between Time and Alice is really fun. He talks ridiculously, and Alice is the only character to pull him off on that. It’s sweet.
Interviewer: Is this a time travel story? And what is your relationship to time?
Mia Wasikowska: Yes. In the end, the message is not to mess around with time, or try and obsess or fix things that have happened, but more to appreciate what’s happening now. I have a similar relationship in terms of just trying to appreciate now and not try and dwell on what’s happened.
Interviewer: What is the story behind the Looking Glass?
Mia Wasikowska: That’s her way into the world. Last time, she fell down the Rabbit Hole, and this time, she’s led to the Looking Glass, and that’s how she gets back into the world.
Interviewer: Did you have some input on the screenplay and did you manage to change things?
Mia Wasikowska: Oh, in just the tiniest way, because that happens with any collaborative person. You ask if you can say something else, and if they like that, then yeah, that’s what happens, but not in a huge way.
Interviewer: What’s the relationship between Alice and the Mad Hatter? Can you talk a bit about how she’s trying to help him?
Mia Wasikowska: At the beginning, it becomes evident that the Hatter has become less mad. It’s like he’s getting much more sane and unmad. So, she has to go back and help him get mad again and more like himself. It’s really sweet, a super sweet relationship.
Interviewer: What was Johnny like?
Mia Wasikowska: He’s great. He’s wonderful and has such a great energy. He’s always brilliant in his roles and especially with this character. It’s like a really sweet friendship between the two of them. He was a great scene partner.
Interviewer: What was one of the most memorable scenes that you shot?
Mia Wasikowska: There was one scene. It was always a nightmare being on the Chronosphere, because you had to be strapped into this machine, and it was usually two whole days of being pushed round on this machine, which is really nauseating. But, it was a really funny day when Johnny, Anne (Hathaway), and I were all trapped on it together. It was like a forced day of total hilarity. It was fun. It’s the worst thing to be in, but if you’re there with nice people, it’s really fun.
Interviewer: There are a lot of fantasy and CG characters in this story. If there was one that you could transform into reality, which one would you like to have in your life?
Mia Wasikowska: Probably Time, because he seems so ridiculous. He takes himself very seriously, so that would be really fun.
Interviewer: Which character is more ridiculous – Time or the Mad Hatter?
Mia Wasikowska: I think Time because he has such an inflated ego. So, he’s more fun, because he’s more extreme.
Interviewer: Was there a little bit of competition going on between Johnny and Sacha about who’s the more extreme character?
Mia Wasikowska: I never had scenes with both of them. They got along great and probably just had a ridiculous few days when they were shooting their Tea Party. They’re both great.
Interviewer: Did you have a free day where you could watch them shoot some of their scenes?
Mia Wasikowska: No. I didn’t. Sometimes there was a little bit of crossover, but no I didn’t.
Will you wait until the film is finished to see the whole thing?
Mia Wasikowska: Yes, I’ll wait until it’s all finished. James prefers everyone to see it when it’s done.
Interviewer: What was it like working with Anne Hathaway who won an Oscar between the two films?
Mia Wasikowska: She’s great. She was really fun and just so good for that character. I mean, they’re all such ridiculous characters, so everybody, I think, really enjoys playing them.
Interviewer: Do you enjoy doing fantasy films?
Mia Wasikowska: They’re great. For sure, I like to see how everybody does it slightly differently, and anything can happen in them, which is really fun.
Interviewer: What was one of the challenges for you of filming this movie?
Mia Wasikowska: Just the same thing that was last time, which was that they do their best to describe to you what’s around you and what’s happening, but it’s still kind of an abstract experience. That, and also just the level of it being extremely physical for five months.
Interviewer: Kids love to see these films over and over again. Are you ever recognized on the streets by kids?
Mia Wasikowska: Not very often, but occasionally, a little kid will stare at me. But it’s not very much, and they never think much of it or anything. Adults are more pushy and will come up and say something, but kids just maybe stare. No, it’s rarely happened. But, when it did, it was maybe like a week after the film came out.
Interviewer: This seems like it’s becoming a franchise, but it took almost six years to do the sequel. Are there any talks about an Alice 3?
Mia Wasikowska: No, not at the moment. I’m not sure whether there will be or not. But there are no talks of it at the moment.
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