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Oscar Watch: Wasikowska Talks Romancing Fassbender in Jane Eyre and Close in Albert Nobbs

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 8, 2011 at 11:05PM

Oscar Watch: Wasikowska Talks Romancing Fassbender in Jane Eyre and Close in Albert Nobbs
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Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska
I first met Mia Wasikowska at the Cannes Film Festival, where she walked the red carpet for Gus Van Sant's Restless, in which she played a young teen with cancer squeezing every ounce of pleasure out of her young life. The 22-year-old Aussie world traveler's timeless beauty works in both period and contemporary films such as The Kids Are All Right and  HBO's In Treatment, which catapulted her into a series of enviable gigs indeed. 
 
She snagged the title role Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, the upcoming period ensemble Wettest County in the World, in which she plays Shia LaBeouf's girlfriend, as well as back-to-back costume dramas that are getting year-end awards buzz: Cary Fukanaga's film version of Charlotte Bronte's romantic classic Jane Eyre and Glenn Close's labor-of-love, Albert Nobbs. While the clear-eyed, self-reliant orphan governess Jane Eyre falls in love with brooding employer Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender), in Albert Nobbs, Wasikowska plays a flirty servant who is wooed by Close's Nobbs, in the guise of a man. She has no idea.
 

I first met Mia Wasikowska at the Cannes Film Festival, where she walked the red carpet for Gus Van Sant's Restless, in which she played a young teen with cancer squeezing every ounce of pleasure out of her young life. The 22-year-old Aussie world traveler's timeless beauty works in both period and contemporary films such as The Kids Are All Right and  HBO's In Treatment, which catapulted her into a series of enviable gigs indeed.

She snagged the title role Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, the upcoming period ensemble Wettest County in the World, in which she plays Shia LaBeouf's girlfriend, as well as back-to-back costume dramas that are getting year-end awards buzz: Cary Fukanaga's film version of Charlotte Bronte's romantic classic Jane Eyre and Glenn Close's labor-of-love, Albert Nobbs. While the clear-eyed, self-reliant orphan governess Jane Eyre falls in love with brooding employer Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender), in Albert Nobbs, Wasikowska plays a flirty servant who is wooed by Close's Nobbs, in the guise of a man. She has no idea.
We range around all of the above in the interview below.

We range around all of the above in the interview below.I first met Mia Wasikowska at the Cannes Film Festival, where she walked the red carpet for Gus Van Sant's Restless, in which she played a young teen with cancer squeezing every ounce of pleasure out of her young life. The 22-year-old Aussie world traveler's timeless beauty works in both period and contemporary films such as The Kids Are All Right and  HBO's In Treatment, which catapulted her into a series of enviable gigs indeed.

I first met Mia Wasikowska at the Cannes Film Festival, where she walked the red carpet for Gus Van Sant's Restless, in which she played a young teen with cancer squeezing every ounce of pleasure out of her young life. The 22-year-old Aussie world traveler's timeless beauty works in both period and contemporary films such as The Kids Are All Right and  HBO's In Treatment, which catapulted her into a series of enviable gigs indeed.

She snagged the title role Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, the upcoming period ensemble Wettest County in the World, in which she plays Shia LaBeouf's girlfriend, as well as back-to-back costume dramas that are getting year-end awards buzz: Cary Fukanaga's film version of Charlotte Bronte's romantic classic Jane Eyre and Glenn Close's labor-of-love, Albert Nobbs. While the clear-eyed, self-reliant orphan governess Jane Eyre falls in love with brooding employer Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender), in Albert Nobbs, Wasikowska plays a flirty servant who is wooed by Close's Nobbs, in the guise of a man. She has no idea.

We range around all of the above in the interview below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.