“You never know when the next up-and-comers will be in the spotlight so people forget you. There's no guarantees.” Teresa Palmer
After receiving a year’s worth of acting classes following her win in a 2003 Australian talent competition called “Search for a Movie Star,” Teresa Palmer began auditioning for various roles and eventually made her film debut in the Australian horror film "Wolf Creek" (2005). She continued to add to her resume roles in "2:37" (2006; aka "Two Thirty 7"), "The Grudge 2" (2006), "December Boys" (2007), and "Restraint" (2008). She will next be seen in the upcoming films "Bedtime Stories," "Young Americans," "The Last Warrior," and is rumored to be in "Justice League: Mortal."
This 5' 5¾ Aussie rising star, known for her love of playing practical jokes, was named one of Australia's “30 Stars of Tomorrow” in Screen International. She has been romantically linked to Australian Rules Football star Stuart Dew (broke up in March 2007), actor Topher Grace (born on July 12, 1978; met on the set of “Kids In America”), and her “Bedtime Stories” co-star, English comedian/actor Russell Brand (born on June 4, 1975). She has also been linked to former “OC” star Adam Brody (born on December 15, 1979).
Childhood and Family:
On February 26, 1986, Teresa Edwina Palmer, nicknamed “Tez” and “Tezza,” was born in Adelaide, Australia. She attended Mercedes College and graduated in 2003.
Palmer now lives in Los Angeles, California. She owns two dogs named Chester and Saba.
“I’m very much into animal welfare. I’ve been doing some volunteer work with one of the animal places around here. I’m trying to get my own thing up and running in the next few years like the Animal Welfare League back in Australia. So I’m working on that in the meantime in between films.” Teresa Palmer
Search for a Movie Star
Entering show business as a model, Teresa Palmer received her first big break in 2003 when she competed and won an Australian talent competition called “Search for a Movie Star.” As the winner, she was given a year’s worth of acting classes.
In 2005, Palmer made her film debut with a small part in "Wolf Creek," a real event-based Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean. She followed it up with the next year's film, "2:37" (aka "Two Thirty 7"), an Australian drama film written, produced, and directed by Murali K. Thalluri in which she co-starred with an ensemble cast that included Frank Sweet, Gary Sweet, and Clementine Mellor. The film had its world premiere at Cannes and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in Australia on August 17, 2006. Palmer's performance as Melody in the drama earned her a Best Actress in a Leading Role nomination at the 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards. Also that year, she portrayed Vanessa, one of the students at an international high school in Tokyo, in the 2006 sequel to the 2004 American horror film remake "The Grudge," "The Grudge 2," alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar, Amber Tamblyn, Arielle Kebbel, and Jenna Dewan.
2007 saw Palmer co-star with Daniel Radcliffe, playing his potential love interest Lucy, in the coming-of-age film set in 1960s Australia, "December Boys," which was adapted from the novel of the same name by Michael Noonan. On her costar Daniel Radcliffe, Palmer revealed, “Daniel is such a delight to work with. He is so brilliant and talented. At the same time, he has all this amazing success and fame and all these things which, you would think, he would be very affected by it all but he really isn’t. He’s very unaffected and unassuming. Just like a regular 18-year-old guy. I think he really brought that to set and made the younger boys, who obviously idolized him, just feel so comfortable. They’re all like brothers hanging out. I felt like the sister. It was so fun. It was such a good experience.”
Meanwhile, Palmer also appeared in the music video for “Breaking Up” by Eskimo Joe, which was released as the fourth single from their third album “Black Fingernails Red Wine.”
Palmer, who was originally cast as the female lead in Doug Liman's 2008 science fiction film based on the 1992 novel by Steven Gould, “Jumper,” but was later replaced by Rachel Bilson, recently acted opposite Stephen Moyer and Travis Fimmel in the Australian thriller film "Restraint" (2008), playing a stripper named Dale. She then shared the screen with Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Russell Brand, Lucy Lawless, and Courteney Cox in the Adam Shankman-directed family fantasy comedy film, "Bedtime Stories," which was released on Christmas 2008.
Teresa has completed "Young Americans," a dramatic comedy directed by Michael Dowse featuring Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Michael Ian Black, and Michelle Trachtenberg. She is currently working on John Eyres' sci-fi action film set in the post-apocalyptic world of 2060, "The Last Warrior," alongside Paz Vega, and is rumored to be teaming up with Adam Brody and Common in the upcoming comic book-based film "Justice League: Mortal."
“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.” Teresa Palmer