Congratulations to Mia Wasikowska who turns 25 years old tomorrow. She’s still at that stage where we as an audience are following her journey to stardom. Wasikowska broke through four years ago in Alice in Wonderland, the Tim Burton hit, where she played the titular character. She also had a role in The Kids Are All Right (2010), but to me (and many others) her first great achievement was in Jane Eyre (2011), a romantic and gripping adaptation. These films (along with a few others) secured Wasikowska’s standing as a very promising and versatile leading lady.
In the clips above, brilliant film journalist Anne Thompson interviews the actress in 2011 about her quick rise to stardom. Wasikowska talks about how her accent (she’s Australian) is a jumbled mix of everything now, what her path might have been right after her work as a teen on In Treatment, and what it was like to work on Jane Eyre.
Versatility continues to be a thing for Wasikowska. After appearing in the very quirky The Double (2014), she’s done David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars (which has people talking about an Oscar for Julianne Moore) and Madame Bovary. Coming up after that is Guillermo del Toro’s heavily anticipated horror flick Crimson Peak, and right now she’s filming Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, a sequel I hope improves on the original.