Mia Kirshner biography
Date of Birth: January 25, 1975
"To be a good actress, you have to have a normal life.
It's not real to stay
in beautiful hotels, getting your hair and makeup done." - Mia Kirshner
Born in Toronto to a teacher and a journalist, Kirshner's initial interest
in following in her father's footsteps as a journalist was channelled into
acting after watching Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With The Wind. Kirshner
began acting in grade school, but found the stage difficult to handle. "I
have this fear of performing in public." She then made her professional
debut in her early teens, accruing Canadian and American television credits
before segueing into film.
Kirshner launched her career at the early age of 17, with provocative roles
in two Canadian films - as a dominatrix in Love and Human Remains, and a
schoolgirl stripper in Exotica. Using these films as a springboard, she
proved her talent for diversity when she later appeared as a spoiled Russian
princess in Anna Karenina and as a kinky mystic in The Crow sequel, The
Crow: City of Angels.
Although her onscreen career was underway, she continued her education by
attending McGill University to study 19th Century Russian Literature.
an actress and a fulltime student proved difficult, as she was determined to
separate the two worlds.
In fact, the modest actress kept her film life to
herself and avoided answering questions about her future.
In 1996, Kirshner landed a role in Mad City (1997) almost by accident.
She arrived late for the audition, and was very nervous. So nervous in fact,
that when she talked to the producer and director, she couldn't stop
Two days later, she landed the role of Laurie - a nervous,
eager-to-please assistant to a top reporter played by Dustin Hoffman.
Since Mad City, she has had little trouble finding work, taking the
time to pick and choose her projects. "Sissy Spacek told me the best
advice I have received in this industry: The projects you turn down are just
as important as the projects you accept.
That has stuck with me.
But at the
same time, I remember that when the film comes out, I have to talk about it
nd if I did not like it, I would not be able to sit in a room and talk about
As a result, she has landed parts in indie films like Century Hotel and
According to Spencer, big budget films such as Not Another Teen
Movie and The Black Dahlia (2006), as well as guest roles on television series such as Wolf Lake, 24 and The Vampire Diaries. She can also be seen opposite Nick Stahl in the 2012 film 388 Arletta Avenue, a thriller about a young couple being watched by a mysterious stalker.
Presently living in Los Angeles, Kirshner loves to dance, and keeps in
shape by taking classes in ballroom dancing, salsa and jazz.
Mia Kirshner Filmography