Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - In­ter­view by ADRI­ENNE TAM

Teresa Palmer on the joy of be­ing a work­ing mum.

When you were younger, you worked at Hun­gry Jack’s in your home­town of Ade­laide. Does this mean you will never eat a Hun­gry Jack’s burger ever again? When I worked there, I would have a Whop­per Ju­nior meal with a le­mon meringue pie on my lunch break. I prob­a­bly ate Hun­gry Jack’s ev­ery sin­gle day of my life up un­til the age of 18. And now I’ve be­come ve­gan, so there are not re­ally many op­tions for me on the menu any­more. Per­haps they’ll make a ve­gan burger soon. I hope so. Ev­ery­one’s jump­ing on the trend, so hope­fully Hun­gry Jack’s will fol­low suit [laughs]. Your new film 2:22 is es­sen­tially about the power of fate. Do you be­lieve that ev­ery­thing is writ­ten in the stars or that we cre­ate our own des­tiny? I feel that what I be­lieve is con­stantly in flow as I con­tinue through my life. I def­i­nitely be­lieve that we can make things hap­pen. I re­ally be­lieve in the power of pos­i­tive think­ing. I cer­tainly al­ways have a goal in my mind and I think it helps be­cause I can work to­wards it. What seems to serve me is to just be open to what­ever comes my way and to make the best of that. One of the first films you ap­peared in was 2006’s 2:37, which, like 2:22, is about an event at a spe­cific time. If you ever re­ceive a script for a movie

called 2:07, you’d prob­a­bly have to take the role. It’s re­ally funny be­cause I have done a lot of “num­ber” films. I was in 2:22, 2:37, I Am Num­ber Four, Kill

Me Three Times, Triple 9… I don’t know what it is with me and num­bers! You at­tended the Os­cars for the first time last year [for Hack­saw Ridge]. Were there any OMG mo­ments? Well, I think it hap­pened for ev­ery­body when the wrong movie was called out [ La La Land was mis­tak­enly an­nounced as the Best Pic­ture in­stead of Moon­light]. That was pretty funny be­ing there for that and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it, feel­ing the en­ergy in the room and see­ing how shocked ev­ery­one was. Since it was my first Os­cars, I didn’t re­alise it was OK to roll in a few min­utes late. I ran in and there were prob­a­bly only two other peo­ple sit­ting in that en­tire room. I was su­per-early and so ex­cited and ner­vous. So I just sat there and took it all in. I took some self­ies. I def­i­nitely got laughed at by my fel­low cast mem­bers. The awards sea­son this year has been heav­ily in­flu­enced by the Time’s Up ini­tia­tive and the Me Too move­ment. What are your thoughts on that? It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing that women and men alike are stand­ing in sol­i­dar­ity to­gether to say enough is enough. It’s an in­cred­i­ble move­ment and I feel proud to know many of the women who have started the Time’s Up cam­paign. I re­ally be­lieve it’s go­ing to be a pos­i­tive thing, not only for women in our in­dus­try but for women all over the world. I look for­ward to see­ing more of it at the Os­cars next month. It was love at first tweet for you and your hus­band [di­rec­tor and ac­tor Mark Web­ber] af­ter “meet­ing” via Twit­ter and then sub­se­quently email­ing each other. What was your first im­pres­sion when you met in per­son? He was just so ner­vous. I had three dogs at the time and he was clutch­ing onto my dogs for dear life. It’s funny to think of it now be­cause I know he likes dogs, but he’s not nearly as fond of them as it first seemed. But it was great. We have so­cial me­dia to thank for bring­ing us to­gether. You were in Berlin Syn­drome and Lights Out. Both are hor­ror films, al­beit on dif­fer­ent ends of the fright spec­trum. Do you have a favourite hor­ror movie?

“It’s ex­cit­ing that women and men alike are stand­ing in sol­i­dar­ity to say enough is enough. It’s an in­cred­i­ble move­ment”

I re­ally love Wolf Creek. That was such a well done film. I also loved The Ring – the first Ring. It was pet­ri­fy­ing. I re­mem­ber see­ing that as a teenager and think­ing, “I will never see a scarier film than this.” You’ve signed on to play Michelle Payne, the first fe­male jockey to win the Mel­bourne Cup. How good are you at rid­ing horses? I’m not bad, ac­tu­ally. I am ob­vi­ously not at the level Michelle is at, of course. I know for in­sur­ance rea­sons they don’t usu­ally let you gal­lop. We’ll be us­ing a dou­ble. I was go­ing to sug­gest to [di­rec­tor] Rachel Grif­fiths that we have Michelle as my dou­ble and to do the horse stuff. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to meet­ing Michelle – we’ve spo­ken but haven’t ac­tu­ally met yet. In the early days of your ca­reer, you were touted as the new Naomi Watts. Do you still get com­pared to fel­low ac­tresses? Peo­ple al­ways try to draw com­par­isons; I think that’s just a nor­mal thing that we do as hu­man be­ings. I think now that I’m get­ting older – I’m al­most 32 – I’ve been get­ting com­pared to other ac­tresses less, which is re­ally nice. I mean, it was al­ways nice to get com­pared to Naomi Watts be­cause I’m such a big fan of the work she does. But we all have our own paths and ca­reers. No-one is a car­bon copy of any­one else. You and your fam­ily have re­lo­cated to Cardiff, Wales, where you’re shoot­ing a new tele­vi­sion se­ries. Have you tried any tra­di­tional dishes such as Welsh cakes and Welsh rarebit? That’s where I am right now – in north­ern Wales. For­est [Palmer’s son, one] and I are walk­ing in the for­est as we speak! All my crew mem­bers are Welsh, so I had some Welsh cake. They are al­ways in­tro­duc­ing me to lo­cal food. I love Cardiff. The peo­ple are so nice. You knew you wanted to be a mother, even at a young age. Why is that? It’s just al­ways been in­grained into the fab­ric of who I am – this idea of be­ing a mother. I heard the sto­ries of my grand­mother rais­ing eight chil­dren and watched her be around us, her grand­chil­dren. She was very ma­ter­nal and was the ma­tri­arch of the fam­ily. I was al­ways in­spired by her and wanted to fol­low in her foot­steps. I thought I’d be hav­ing many chil­dren, even at a younger age than when I started hav­ing chil­dren. I have my two lit­tle sons [Bodhi, three, and For­est] and I’m look­ing for­ward to adding to that brood. It’s lovely that you can be both a work­ing mum and have a big fam­ily. I also have a step­son [Isaac Love, nine] so we’re a lovely fam­ily of five. I’m so grate­ful for what I have.

“The idea of be­ing a mother has al­ways been in­grained in who I am”

2:22 will be in se­lect cin­e­mas from Fe­bru­ary 22 and on Dendy Di­rect from Fe­bru­ary 28.

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