In person, Paquin could be any attractive but otherwise nondescript young woman; on screen she is magnetic. One reviewer noted that in The Piano she had a presence rare in an actor of any age. And yet, surprisingly, it's only recently that she has realised acting is for her.
Whether or not she was certain about acting, Paquin has worked almost non-stop since her debut. After The Piano, she acted in films that she and her parents, both teachers, agreed were of value. 'They were, like, "Well, if it's something really amazing, you can do it. If it's not, then it's not worth you missing your childhood and school and being with your friends for.'''