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Paquin walks red carpet with a cane due to health issues

- Stuff reporters

Kiwi actress Anna Paquin has taken to the red carpet using a cane, amid an ongoing, undisclose­d, illness.

On Wednesday the actress walked the red carpet with her husband, Stephen Moyer, in New York City for their latest film, A Bit of Light.

The undisclose­d illness has been causing the star mobility issues.

Speaking to People, Paquin said it wasn’t easy needing a cane to walk and experienci­ng some difficulti­es with her speech.

Despite the issues, the actress said she was fortunate to get to do what she loves.

“My first love was independen­t filmmaking.

"That's how I entered the film industry. I was working with people who were all about telling stories and telling them with integrity and truth,“she said.

Paquin said she was grateful to have her husband for support on the road to recovery.

Moyer directed her in their latest film, which is based on a stage play.

“He’s my favourite person to play with.”

A bit of Light stars Paquin as an alcoholic mother who loses custody of her children and has to pick up the pieces of her broken life while reconcilin­g with her past. While she couldn’t relate to the alcoholic nature of her character, Ella, Paquin said as a mum she understood that parenthood can be complex.

“Not everyone ends up having the journey with motherhood that they have hoped or had planned.

“We're all flawed and imperfect, and Ella is kind of on some level repeating some sort of familial patterns as far as stuffing feelings down.”

Although Canadian-born, she was raised in New Zealand, attending Lower Hutt’s Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School when she was chosen ahead of 5000 other auditionee­s (including her older sister Katya) to play Flora in Jane Campion’s New Zealand-shot period drama The Piano (despite her only previously acting experience being playing a skunk in a school play).

It was for this film that she won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

Looking back on that moment, Paquin told

Stuff in 2019, that she now compares it to "looking at a photo album of when you were little".

"I have that experience of thinking, 'do I remember that birthday, or have I just looked at that picture enough times’?"

In 2008 she was nominated for the same award in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a television film adapted from the 1970s book of the same name which covers the history of Native Americans in the late nineteenth century.

2009 saw Paquin win the Globe for Best Actress in a Television Drama Series for True Blood, for which she was nominated again in 2010.

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