Mia Wasikowska, actress

She's not your mother's <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV00000617585" title="Alice in Wonderland (movie, 2010)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/alice-in-wonderland-%28movie-2010%29-ENMV00000617585.topic">"Alice in Wonderland,"</a> the sweet blond from the 1951 animated Disney version, nor is she the 7 1/2 -year-old from Lewis Carroll's  classic 1865 book.<br>
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"In our story, Alice is 19 years old, " says Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who plays the innocent but sexy heroine in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000767" title="Tim Burton" href="/topic/entertainment/tim-burton-PECLB000767.topic">Tim Burton</a>'s femme-power version of "Alice in Wonderland" (March 10), which combines live action with performance capture extravagance. "She's grown up a lot and is a different person than  she was when she was 7 years old. She's kind of going back to her roots and rediscovering herself."<br>
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Burton's fantasy, which stars an electric orange-tufted <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB001381" title="Johnny Depp" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/johnny-depp-PECLB001381.topic">Johnny Depp</a> as the Mad Hatter and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000585" title="Helena Bonham Carter" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/helena-bonham-carter-PECLB000585.topic">Helena Bonham Carter</a> as the evil Red Queen, is destined to introduce the 20-year-old Wasikowska to an audience broader than the devoted "In Treatment" fans who watched her play a suicidal young gymnast , or those who caught her turn as a Jewish partisan in the 2008 film <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVHST00000110" title="World War II (1939-1945)" href="/topic/unrest-conflicts-war/wars-interventions/world-war-ii-%281939-1945%29-EVHST00000110.topic">WWII</a> film "<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000197" title="Defiance (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/defiance-%28movie%29-ENMV000197.topic">Defiance</a>."<br>
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In addition to "Alice," Wasikowska also appears in  "The Kids Are All Right," premiering at January's <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVFES0000051" title="Sundance Film Festival" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/film-festivals/sundance-film-festival-EVFES0000051.topic">Sundance Film Festival</a>, as the daughter of a lesbian couple played by <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB003252" title="Julianne Moore" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/julianne-moore-PECLB003252.topic">Julianne Moore</a> and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000447" title="Annette Bening" href="/topic/entertainment/annette-bening-PECLB000447.topic">Annette Bening</a>. She also recently began the new untitled <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB004081" title="Gus van Sant" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/gus-van-sant-PECLB004081.topic">Gus Van Sant</a> film about two romancing teenagers "very affected by mortality and death."<br>
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-- Rachel Abramowitz
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( Marzena Wasikowska )

She's not your mother's "Alice in Wonderland," the sweet blond from the 1951 animated Disney version, nor is she the 7 1/2 -year-old from Lewis Carroll's classic 1865 book.

"In our story, Alice is 19 years old, " says Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who plays the innocent but sexy heroine in Tim Burton's femme-power version of "Alice in Wonderland" (March 10), which combines live action with performance capture extravagance. "She's grown up a lot and is a different person than she was when she was 7 years old. She's kind of going back to her roots and rediscovering herself."

Burton's fantasy, which stars an electric orange-tufted Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the evil Red Queen, is destined to introduce the 20-year-old Wasikowska to an audience broader than the devoted "In Treatment" fans who watched her play a suicidal young gymnast , or those who caught her turn as a Jewish partisan in the 2008 film WWII film "Defiance."

In addition to "Alice," Wasikowska also appears in "The Kids Are All Right," premiering at January's Sundance Film Festival, as the daughter of a lesbian couple played by Julianne Moore and Annette Bening. She also recently began the new untitled Gus Van Sant film about two romancing teenagers "very affected by mortality and death."

-- Rachel Abramowitz

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