|Pulp Fiction character|
|First appearance||Pulp Fiction|
|Created by||Quentin Tarantino
|Portrayed by||Uma Thurman|
|Occupation||Mafia boss (with her husband)|
Mia Wallace is a fictional character in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction. Uma Thurman's performance as Wallace earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The character is considered by both fans and professionals as one of the most iconic female film roles from the 1990s.
Miramax, the film studio, wanted a famous actress for the role of Mia. At the beginning, Miramax favored Holly Hunter and Meg Ryan for the part. Then Julia Roberts was considered for the part by Tarantino, but she required too high a salary. Tarantino also wanted Meg Tilly, Kim Basinger or Alfre Woodard. When Tarantino met Uma Thurman, he hired her for the role. This character was the protagonist of the film's promotional material, appearing on a bed with cigarette in hand.
In "Vincent Vega and Marsellus Wallace's Wife":
Mia is "in love" with Amsterdam, where she goes to every year. Mia is the wife of the gang-boss Marsellus Wallace. Before meeting Marsellus, Mia was an aspiring actress who participated in a television pilot called Fox Force Five, which failed. Mia explains her short career to Vincent later on their dinner date.
Marsellus goes on a trip one night to negotiate and decided that Mia should spend the night with Vincent Vega, an employee and hitman of Marsellus. Vincent agrees, although is worried by the story of his friend and partner Jules Winnfield and the advice of Paul. The day before, Jules had told an anecdote of Antoine Rockamora, nicknamed Tony "Rockyhorror", A samoan who apparently gave Mia a foot massage, which caused Marsellus to throw him out of a four story window.
When Vincent goes to pick Mia up at Marcellus's lavish house, she speaks to him over the intercom as she finishes-up snorting some cocaine in a separate room. The two then head to dinner at Jack Rabbit Slim's, a 1950's-themed restaurant.
At Jack Rabbit Slim's Mia acts flirtatious and playful towards Vincent. The two talk about subjects such as awkward silences, 50's pop culture, and some gossip related to Vincent's mob/gang. Suddenly, the restaurant's DJ announces a Twist contest, and Mia wants to win the trophy for first place. Though Vincent is reluctant, he gets up and dances The Twist with Mia to Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell", and the two win the trophy. When Mia and Vincent return to the house to celebrate having won their trophy, Vincent goes to the bathroom while Mia dances to some music. While Vincent contemplates what to do next in the bathroom, Mia finds a small bag of heroin inside Vincent's coat pocket, and snorts it thinking that it's cocaine. When Vincent returns from the bathroom he finds Mia overdosing on the couch, and frantically drives her to the house of Lance (his heroin dealer), in an effort to save her. Lance finds an adrenaline shot, and in a climactic scene, has Vincent administer it via a very large needle directly into Mia's heart, which instantly wakes her up and saves her life.
The two return to the Wallace house after the overdose, an embarrassed Mia and a tired Vincent make a promise to each other not to tell Marsellus about the any of the incident, as it would surely mean big trouble for both of them.
Later in "The Gold Watch":
When the boxer Butch Coolidge (one of Marsellus' men), does not meet the rules of a fight set-up by their boss, Marsellus sends Vincent to go and kill him. Called over to talk by Marsellus, Vincent sees Mia sitting with Marsellus. Mia simply thanks Vincent for dinner the day before, without showing any great emotional involvement; she still seems embarrassed in front of Vincent, and certainly wants to keep her recent overdose secret from her husband.
Uma Thurman was nominated for the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. Film critics praised her take on the role, and Mia Wallace has since become an iconic character in popular culture. Nine years later, Thurman worked with Tarantino in the Kill Bill series, playing Beatrix Kiddo, the main character.
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