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Stage And Screen Star Anna Paquin Engaged To "True Blood" Co-Star Stephen Moyer

Stage, film and television star Anna Paquin has announced her engagement to fellow actor Stephen Moyer. Moyer co-stars as Paquin's boyfriend on the hit HBO series, True Blood.

Paquin stunned the world in 1993 with her film debut as the daughter of the bride of an arranged marriage in Jane Campion's "The Piano." Paquin's performance opposite cast members Holly Hunter (who won the Academy Award for Best Actress), Sam Neill, and Harvey Keitel led to her winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at the age of 11 years old.

Paquin's other film credits include the "X-Men" franchise, Noah Baumbach's "The Squid and The Whale" (winning Best Ensemble Cast at the 2005 IFP Gotham Awards), Spike Lee's "25th Hour" opposite Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Rosario Dawson, "Buffalo Soldiers" opposite Joaquin Pheonix and Ed Harris, Gus Van Sant's "Finding Forester" with F. Murray Abraham and Sean Connery for Columbia Pictures, and Cameron Crowe's Academy Award winning "Almost Famous.", "X-Men" for director Bryan Singer, "Hurlyburly" Robert Iscove's ""She's All That" ; "A Walk on the Moon" for Dustin Hoffman's Punch Productions; Keith Stern's "All the Rage"; Steven Spielberg's "Amistad;" Carroll Ballard's "Fly Away Home" with Jeff Daniels and Franco Zeffirelli's "Jane Eyre."

On stage, Paquin received a Drama Desk nomination as Best Lead Actress for her stage debut in Rebecca Gilman's "The Glory of Living" for director Phillip Seymour Hoffman at New York's MCC Theater. She followed that critically acclaimed performance with the first West End production of Kenneth Lonergan's "This is Our Youth" co-staring Jake Gyllenhaal and Hayden Christensen in London. Other stage credits include "After Ashley" directed by Terry Kinney at The Vineyard Theatre and Neil LaBute's dark drama "The Distance from Here" (Drama Desk Award for "Best Play" and won for "Best Cast Ensemble").

About "True Blood":
Thanks to a Japanese scientist's invention of synthetic blood, vampires have progressed from legendary monsters to fellow citizens overnight. And while humans have been safely removed from the menu, many remain apprehensive about these creatures "coming out of the coffin." Religious leaders and government officials around the world have chosen their sides, but in the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the jury is still out.

Local waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), however, knows how it feels to be an outcast. "Cursed" with the ability to listen in on people's thoughts, she's also open-minded about the integration of vampires - particularly when it comes to Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a handsome 173-year-old living up the road. But at the service of Bill's less virtuous vampire associates, Sookie is drawn into a series of catastrophes that will put their love to the test.

The latest hit series from 'Six Feet Under' creator Alan Ball, 'True Blood' delves into the meticulously-crafted world of novelist Charlaine Harris. Described by the Emmy-winning Ball as "popcorn for smart people," the first season of ‘True Blood' caused an overnight sensation - and the new installments only build on his colorful cast of supernatural misfits.

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