One of today's rising screen stars, MIA WASIKOWSKA will be
next be seen on-screen
starring alongside Henry Hopper in Gus Van Sant's coming-of-age drama
Restless. In the summer of 2010, Ms. Wasikowska was seen in another Focus
Features movie, Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right, starring as part of
ensemble with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, and Josh
Hutcherson. Her performance in the title role of Tim Burton's Alice in
with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway, also brought
her international attention. For her work in the two movies, Ms. Wasikowska was
honored with the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Breakthrough Actress of the
A trained ballerina turned actress, Ms. Wasikowska began her career in her
home country of Australia. She landed a recurring role on the popular television
medical drama All Saints. Her first major screen role was in Paul Goldman's
Suburban Mayhem, for which she received an Australian Film Institute Award
nomination. Among her other early features were Peter Carstairs' September
and Greg Mclean's Rogue, the latter with Radha Mitchell, Michael Vartan, and
Sam Worthington. She also starred in several notable short films for
writer/directors, including Sonia Whiteman's Lens Love Story; Claire McCarthy's
Skin; Samantha Rebillet's Cosette; Sean Kruck's Summer Breaks; and Spencer
Susser's I Love Sarah Jane, in the title role.
Ms. Wasikowska made her U.S. debut with an acclaimed portrayal on the
television series In Treatment, starring opposite Gabriel Byrne in multiple
In recognition of her performance, she was honored by the Los Angeles-based
organization Australians in Film with the Breakthrough Actress Award.
Since then, she has been seen on-screen in Edward Zwick's Defiance, with
Bell of Jane Eyre, Daniel Craig, and Liev Schreiber; Mira Nair's Amelia,
Hilary Swank and Richard Gere; and with Hal Holbrook in Scott Teems' That
Evening Sun, for which Ms. Wasikowska earned a Spirit Award nomination for Best
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