Growing up in a public housing complex with a mentally ill mother, Australia-born Teresa Palmer never set her sights on a professional acting career. It wasn't until a student director discovered her...
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|Appeared as the female lead in "Warm Bodies," which premiered at number one at the American box office|
|Breakout performance in "2:37," which premiered at the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival|
|First appearance in a major American film, "The Grudge 2"|
Of course, life was not always easy for Teresa Palmer. Born in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, Palmer's parents divorced when she was 3. Her mother, a former missionary and diagnosed manic-depressive, was left to care for Teresa most of the time. Her luck began to change in 2003, however, when she won a casting contest at her school. She soon began appearing as Strawberry Shortcake at businesses throughout her community, which allowed her to make some extra money while she worked part-time at a clothing store. Palmer enjoyed acting immensely, but never saw a future in it; on the contrary, she dreamed of owning her own animal shelter. However, as luck would once again have it, a student director decided he needed Palmer as the lead in his movie after stumbling upon her headshot almost randomly. The movie was called "2:37," a drama about a teenage girl who becomes suicidal after she's raped by her brother. The film premiered at the 2006 Cannes International Film Festival and received a rousing standing ovation, with Palmer earning rave reviews for her portrayal of the suicidal protagonist.
After the success of "2:37," Palmer moved to Los Angeles, and almost immediately landed roles in major Hollywood movies. She was initially cast as one of the leads in the science-fiction adventure film "Jumper" (2008), but her part was ultimately recast (Rachel Bilson went on to star in the film). Undeterred, Palmer made her American film debut in the 2006 horror film "The Grudge 2." Her performance earned her the attention of Adam Sandler, who called Palmer while she was standing in line at a Starbucks and asked her to be the love interest in his next movie. That film, the family comedy "Bedtime Stories" (2008), went on to gross over $200 million at the box office, earning Palmer unprecedented exposure as well as several new acting offers. She next appeared alongside Nicolas Cage in 2010's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," as well in a supporting role in the young-adult novel adaptation of "I Am Number Four" (2011), both of which were huge smashes. In early 2013 Palmer starred in "Warm Bodies," a zombie romantic comedy that became a sleeper hit at the box office, earning the number-one spot during its first week.
|Russell Brand||Companion||Dated in 2008; No longer together|
|Scott Speedman||Companion||Began dating 2011; Reportedly split October 2012|
|Named after Mother Teresa.|
|"I'm always trying to plan out my life, but this is a career that is unpredictable and I never know where I'll be. Ideally, I want to strike a good balance between commercial and independents - work with good people." -- from The Sunday Telegraph, August 22, 2010|
|"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 are no guarantees.'' -- from The Daily Telegraph, December 21, 2008|
|Launched wellness website YourZenLife.com with friend, actress Phoebe Tonkin|
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