Does Anna Paquin Resemble Holly Hunter?

I’m neither a big TV watcher nor very up-to-date on matters of popular culture.  We don’t have cable and our TV can’t even receive the free broadcast channels.  But about once or twice a week, Tawn and I will watch an episode we’ve purchased from the iTunes store of True Blood, the HBO series about vampires living amongst humans in a small town in Louisiana.

Our friend Ken first suggested the series to us and we’re hooked.  I’m not sure why I find it so compelling – the cliffhangers at the end of each episode are a bit melodramatic – but there’s just something about the idea of vampires finally “coming out of the coffin” and living among human society that is interesting to me.

I also really enjoy Anna Paquin’s acting.  She’s a marvelous screen presence.  Since the first episode, I’ve wondered whether anyone else notices the resemblance between her and Holly Hunter, whose daughter she played in the 1993 film The Piano by Jane Campion.  Paquin won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in that film.

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What do you think?  Is there a resemblance between Paquin (left) and Hunter (right) or am I the only one seeing it?  Or has this already been widely discussed in People Magazine and I’m just completely out of the loop?


31 thoughts on “Does Anna Paquin Resemble Holly Hunter?

  1. They look like dopplegangers in those photos, but I never thought they did prior to seeing a side-by-side photos. Interesting. How did you come upon this curiosity? :o)

  2. i’ve seen the show, i prefer twilight.. but i’ll watch true blood if i catch it on tv, i dont see any similarities between the actresses besides the fact that they’re blond. but that’s just my opinion. sometimes ill think people look really similar and no one else can see what im seeing. so its all about ur perspective.

  3. @ElusiveWords – Caveman Matt… grrr…  =D@vsan79 – I really enjoy it.  It is interestingly written, the characters have a lot of layers, and the atmosphere is well developed.@kenpcho – When I first saw the show, I thought that Paquin, with her Bayou accent, reminded me a lot of Holly Hunter in “Broadcast News”, a film from the 80s.  Then I remembered that they had worked together playing mother and daughter in “The Piano”.@Roadlesstaken – @CurryPuffy – @decembriel – So it isn’t just me, then?  They do bear a resemblance to one another.

  4. Kinda does, doesn’t she? Probably why I’ve always found them attractive in the same, “You could see her at a supermarket” variety. Okay, not teenage “The Piano” Anna – that would be creepy.

  5. I think there is a resemblance, as well. The Piano was a great movie…need to watch it again one of these days…when the DVD player comes. I don’t know if your readers catch trends from my responses to your comments. That would be interesting, wouldn’t it?

  6. I think they resemble each other closely enough so that if they had to play the same character at two different ages, it would work well. She’s one of the actresses I know will pull off a good performance when I see her cast.

  7. They resemble each other quite nicely in the two pictures you posted. I don’t watch True Blood but I saw the opening credits of it once. The song is so badass! Gotta love that southern charm.

  8. @MAXPAYNE4664 – Yeah, the song is really catchy.  In fact, the soundtrack in general is quite good.@arenadi – @Dezinerdreams – @Gunner_Poole – @gweirdo – @Chatamanda – I find it interesting that some people see a similarity and others don’t.@jandsschultz – You mean about you and Dad just getting a DVD player finally?  Well, you’ve never been at the cutting edge of the latest technology!@TheCheshireGrins – Tawn has a doppleganger running around DC?  Oh, get a picture, please!@Wangium – I do.@yang1815 – Perhaps you would enjoy it.  Better than Orange County Choppers.  LOL

  9. We tend to mimic people we admire – either in dress, speech, mannerisms or hair styles. I’m guessing Holly Hunter made an impression on the young Anna…

  10. I absolutely agree with you. I was just googling to see if anyone else thought that too and came across this page. I can’t believe other people don’t see it. They even sound the same!!

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