Mia Wasikowska Biography
The young Australian actress felt she was "over the hill" at 14-years-old. She had been training as a ballerina since she was 8 and after six years Mia Wasikowska was training 35 hours a week, in addition to going to school full time.
She decided to quit as the increased pressure to achieve physical perfection was affecting her self-confidence. Despite initial aversion to performing, she was intrigued by acting and the potential within film after watching European and Australian films.
But she felt she was "too old" to start acting as every actor she knew about had been acting since they were about 3-years-old.
She was not ready to quit, so she began to telephone talent agents in Sydney, 150 miles from her Canberra home and it paid off. She started in Australian shorts and feature-length films became known for her work on the HBO television series "In Treatment." She played a suicidal gymnast in the psychoanalyst drama, and it was her first job in America.
She completed her schooling via Karabar High School Distance Education Centre, a form of correspondence school based in Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia just outside Canberra so she could continue acting.
She had just turned 17-years-old when she was cast in her Australian film debut "Suburban Mayhem" for which she received a nomination for a Young Actor's AFI Award.
She rose to prominence worldwide in 2010 when she won the role of Alice" in Tim Burton's $1 billion grossing film "Alice in Wonderland". This is where a grown-up Alice returns to Wonderland and she was cast after a length two-year search to find the right girl.
It was a marathon task to win the chance to star alongside Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter and Anne Hathaway.
Wasikowska sent a videotaped audition to the casting directors in London, and her first reading in Los Angeles coincided with her Evening Sun audition on the same day. After three auditions in London which saw her flying backwards and forwards to Australia she was finally awarded the coveted role.
When she was awarded the part she was at a loose end looking for something fun to do. She had set her sites on Hollywood as the former ballerina was attracted to film-making, it gave her the chance to express herself without worrying about achieving physical perfection first.
In between projects she lived with her parents in Canberra and she is an avid photographer in her spare time. She inherited the love of photography from her Polish father and Australian mother who are both photographers.
When she was 8-years-old the family moved to Szczecin in Poland for a year after her mother received a grant to produce a collection of work based on her experience of having to emigrated to Australia in 1974 at the age of 11-years-old.
In 2010 she was the highest grossing female star and only beaten by Leonardo DiCaprio to the number one spot. Through 2011 Mia Wasikowska played Jane in Cary Fukunaga's adaptation of "Jane Eyre" and stared in Gus Van Sant's "Restless." In 2012 she played the part of Bertha Minnix in "Lawless". In 2013 she plays the part of India Stoker in "Stoker", Robyn Davidson in "Tracks", Emma Bovary in "Madame Bovary" plus "Only Lovers Left Alive" and "Carol".