Mia Wasikowska is Alice in Wonderland

Mar 4, 2010 at 1:01 p.m. ET

Mia Wasikowska is ready for her Alice in Wonderland close-up. The Australian Wasikowska scored the role of a lifetime for any 20-year-old actress could dream -- the title role in the Alice in Wonderland film version seen through the eyes of filmmaker extraordinaire Tim Burton.

Did we mention that Wasikowska was appearing as Alice opposite Burton's favorite actor, Johnny Depp, in his stellar performance as The Mad Hatter? She has come far on numerous levels from her first ballet performances in Canberra, Australia at the age of nine.

Tim Burton and Mia Wasikowska on the Alice in Wonderland set

Wasikowska made her US debut in the highly acclaimed HBO series In Treatment as a troubled teen pouring her soul to Gabriel Byrne's counselor. She followed her In Treatment work with a stunning performance opposite Daniel Craig in the true story of World War II inspirational film, Defiance and her blink-and-you-miss-it role as an enthused Amelia Earhart appreciator in Mira Nair's Amelia.

Burton insisted his Alice needed to be an unknown actress in terms of global A-list box-office queen status.

Wasikowska may not be a international household name as of March 4 -- yet on March 5 with the premiere of Alice in Wonderland and her terrific turn as Alice -- the Australian actress is set to follow in the footsteps of fellow Australian actresses Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchet and Naomi Watts to full blown Hollywood stardom.

Up next, as Wasikowska tells us in our exclusive TV interview, is inhabiting the role of another icon of British literature -- Jane Eyre.

But it is the Disney produced, Burton directed Alice in Wonderland that finds Wasikowska -- who we will now serve as our mental picture of Carroll's titular character for the foreseeable future -- in one of the most glaring spotlights Hollywood can shine.

Meet Mia Wasikowska, Alice in Wonderland


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