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Actress Mia Wasikowska's window into Jane Eyre

March 10, 2011 |  8:30 am


Although you might not yet know her name, you probably already recognize Mia Wasikowska's face -- as Alice in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" or as the quietly headstrong daughter in the Oscar-nominated "The Kids Are All Right." Her next big role is as the titular character in "Jane Eyre," which opens Friday.

Amy Kaufman talks to the 21-year-old actress in Thursday's Calendar section. Wasikowska was at home in Canberra, Australia, when she began reading "Jane Eyre," unaware of the film versions that had already been made from Charlotte Bronte's classic.

It was at home that she became transfixed by "Jane Eyre," e-mailing her agent after only a few chapters to find out whether anyone was developing the project into a film. The famous book has, of course, been on the screen numerous times before: Since 1910, there have been 18 feature versions, plus nine television versions. ...

"I think every girl has her relationship that's the really dramatic one. And we really wanted there to be a sense of that all going on inside her head. Like anyone who experiences bottling something up, when you get the chance to let that out, that's terrifying and sad and everything."

There's more; read the rest here.

What do you think? Will Mia Wasikowska make a good Jane Eyre?

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: Mia Wasikowska as Jane Eyre. Credit: Focus Features