' if you don't potentially want to hear, 'Not really.'" She's brutally honesty with herself, too. "But at a certain point, you need to embrace who you are and the whole package that comes along with it.
She waved hello, then disappeared into the dressing room. How can that be, we wondered, when that's exactly what her character, Sookie Stackhouse, wears in every scene of the show? But the moment there was a break, she curled up on the side of the set. Right after our shoot, Anna and her costar and husband of two years, Stephen Moyer, made their news official. Just add it to the list of ways she bucks the Hollywood norm: There's that trademark gap in her teeth. ("I'm the color of that napkin," she says, explaining why she and Stephen never go to the beach.) Her dark roots betray the fact that she's no California girl.There was a moment of dead quiet, until we got clued in that--yay! There were smiles all around, then we reached for some roomier sundresses that fit over Anna's slight baby bump. But when we catch up with the actress a week later at a Venice Beach, CA, café near her home, she's allergic to baby talk. "I think at this point in the season, everybody is ready to take a really long nap," she says, referring to the show's grueling 12-hour schedule. "For the first month or so, I'd wake up and see blonde hair on my shoulder," she says of her decision to dye her hair for the show, "and it kind of freaked me out." Indeed, no one seems more surprised at her current bombshell status than Anna herself.After her vagabond childhood, Anna is enjoying a schedule that doesn't demand months far away from home and allows her to work with her husband."I was really craving a bit of consistency," she says of her attraction to the show. It's as if the swan can't quite believe she's no longer the duckling.
As her ANNA'S CHARACTER, SOOKIE, THE SWEET-NATURED diner waitress with psychic abilities and a soft spot for the undead, has become a certified pop-culture icon.In many ways, casting the introverted Anna in the role of a hot-blooded ingenue was a stroke of genius, though she may have been the last to realize it."I didn't honestly believe it was going to happen," she says of her audition.to Herself - Redbook.com" data-pin-url=" data-pin-media=" data-img320=" data-img320-w = "480" data-img320-h = "640" data-cut=320 src="//rbk.h-cdn.co/assets/redbook/20170214165105/images/blank.png" data-src=" alt="Anna Paquin, True Blood" data-img480=" data-img480-w = "525" data-img480-h = "700" data-img640=" data-img640-w = "525" data-img640-h = "700" data-img768=" data-img768-w = "525" data-img768-h = "700" data-img980=" data-img980-w = "525" data-img980-h = "700" data-img1024=" data-img1024-w = "525" data-img1024-h = "700" nopin="nopin" /SOOKIE'S EXTROVERT SIDE CHALLENGED ANNA, so she replaced her smirk with a smile and hit the streets as initiation."I'm a big believer in 'fake it to make it,'" she says."If someone doesn't walk in the room looking the way a character is described on the page, a lot of people can't see it." It's true that Anna hadn't exactly carved out a career that telegraphed "smokin' hot TV blonde," but her quirkiness is exactly what seduced HBO, and audiences.