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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 February 1986Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Birth NameTeresa Mary Palmer
Nicknames Tez
Tezza
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adelaide born actress and model Teresa Palmer has gathered some impressive film credits. Teresa completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was well-known for her practical jokes. She worked in a Cotton On outlet in Rundle Mall until she was discovered and cast on the spot - without an audition - in her feature film debut and breakthrough role in 2:37 (2006). Made by first-time writer/director/producer Murali K. Thalluri, the film competed in the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in "Un Certain Regard" and chronicles the lives of six students over the course of day and ends in a devastating suicide.

Teresa immediately went to work on back to back film projects including December Boys (2007) opposite "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe; a coming of age story about four adolescent orphans, based on the book by Michael Noonan and directed by Rod Hardy (Robinson Crusoe (1997), Buffalo Girls (1995), The X-Files (1993) and The Practice (1997)). Teresa also stars as stripper-turned-criminal "Dale" in the British/Australian co-production Restraint (2008), a film noir/psychological thriller which follows the plight of a pair of fugitives on-the-run from a murder scene. Directed by David Denneen, the film also features former Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel and British actor Stephen Moyer. In 2006, Teresa worked with Japanese director Takashi Shimizu on the Sony Pictures production The Grudge 2 (2006). Set in Tokyo, the horror sequel to the box office hit The Grudge (2004) also stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Beals. Later that year, she signed on to play the female lead in Doug Liman's action fantasy film Jumper (2008), but was subsequently replaced by Rachel Bilson.

Early 2007 saw her star opposite former real-life boyfriend Topher Grace as the love interest in the retro comedy film Take Me Home Tonight (2011). Shortly after filming ended, Teresa decided to move permanently from Adelaide to Los Angeles following a public split from her then-boyfriend of two years, Australian Rules football star Stuart Dew. Teresa was due to play a small part in George Miller's doomed superhero film "Justice League: Mortal", but the production fell through after months of problems. Teresa briefly dated her "Justice League: Mortal" co-star Adam Brody in early 2008; later that year, she had a relationship with British comedian Russell Brand, whom she met on the set of her latest film, Bedtime Stories (2008). "Bedtime Stories" is a Disney children's comedy starring Lucy Lawless, Guy Pearce, and Keri Russell and was released on Christmas 2008. As of January 2009, she is back with former on-off boyfriend, Topher Grace, and soon to star in an advertising campaign for Australian clothing chain "Just Jeans".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Shanahan

Spouse (1)

Mark Webber (21 December 2013 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (19)

Was originally cast in Jumper (2008) but the director and producers later decided they wanted to cast a famous actress in the part and the role was given to Rachel Bilson.
Her role in The Grudge 2 (2006) was originally written for Vanessa Lengies, who turned it down to work on another movie.
Used to work at Cotton On retail store.
Described her character in The Grudge 2 (2006) as the "bitchy" school girl.
When she first auditioned for Bedtime Stories (2008), she was told she wasn't "Paris Hilton" enough to play the role, but Adam Sandler felt she was right for the role.
Has the same publicist as Nicole Kidman.
Was discovered on the street and cast in 2:37 (2006) without an audition and without ever having acted before.
Was considered for the role of Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), which went to Emma Stone.
Is a longtime fan of the Port Adelaide Football Club.
She went through three months, four hours a day, six days a week of exercises prior to filming I Am Number Four (2011). It included training for sword work, flips, sword fighting, wire work. She also learned to ride a Ducati motorbike.
Had pet kangaroos back home in Australia. Her father raised kangaroos.
Is often confused with Kristen Stewart even though she's blonde, unlike Kristen.
Her favourite movie is the fantasy film A Little Princess (1995).
She was considered for a role in Nash Edgerton's The Square (2008), but the role was removed from the script before casting began. She did eventually work with Edgerton on the short film Bear (2011).
Auditioned for the role of Dr. Carol Marcus in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), which went to Alice Eve.
Friends with Phoebe Tonkin.
(December 21, 2013) Married her boyfriend of 15 months Mark Webber following a 4-month-long engagement.
Has a stepson named Isaac Love Shaw (born 2009).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 27, a son Bodhi Rain Palmer on February 17, 2014. Child's father is her husband, Mark Webber.

Personal Quotes (10)

I was earning like $100 a week a year ago, so this is money I never expected to earn! But I am trying not to listen to the hype or listen to my own media because you can't go through it like that.
You never know when the next up-and-comers will be in the spotlight so people forget you. There's no guarantees.
[on working with Terrence Malick] It was definitely guerrilla-style filmmaking and I don't know if I can touch having that experience ever again. And by the way, I don't even know if I am going to make the final film, but being around Malick was absolutely enough for me.
[on not starring in Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)]: I have made my peace with letting that opportunity go. The character I was to play in 'Fury Road' is very similar to Six in a way, so I feel like I have played her before.
[on returning to Australian film industry for the first time in six years] I've carved my path in America doing these big movies and I was switching it up by moving between genres. But I was missing that sense of collaboration you get on these smaller, local movies.
[on I Am Number Four (2011) not getting a sequel] It was really disappointing because I poured my heart into that character and I was so excited by the sequel - The Power Of Six - in which I had so much more to do.
[on why she turned down her original plans of becoming a journalist] I always wanted to be a TV presenter. There's a show back home called Getaway, which is all these beautiful girls, and they go to all these incredible places around the world, and they report from these places. They get to go on holidays, and also get to be a TV presenter. So I thought it looked like glamorous work, and I started studying journalism to try to get into that area. But it was maybe three or four months into the journalism that I got a call - this director said, "I want you to be in my movie." It kind of went from there. I've been in whirlwind ever since, and I never got to doing journalism.
[on fellow Australian Nicole Kidman] She was just lovely, and really endearing, and offered me some words of wisdom. She told me to be picky. She was like, "Oh, you do one big film. Don't get too carried away. Take your time. Be selective with the roles that you take." And she said, "Your career's defined by the things you say no to." Which is really interesting, and I'm really trying to do that at the moment.
[on working in the US and Australia] It's almost more competitive in Australia because there are far fewer projects and many, many, many talented actors all vying for these rolls. We maybe only make 10 movies a year - and five of them are decent. It's quite sad, so when we run out of roles in Australia, we flock over (to) the United States, but luckily for us Aussies we've had amazing Aussie actors come before and sort of pave the way, like Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman.
[on collaborating with Terrence Malick] It really just changed the way I saw film. I could understand there are boundless possibilities in this world.

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