The Courier-Mail - - CONFIDENTIAL -

AUSSIE ac­tor Rose Byrne has spo­ken about her friend­ship with Heath Ledger.

This year Byrne is a judge on the Heath Ledger schol­ar­ship which will be an­nounced in Los An­ge­les this week.

The Brides­maid star said she fondly re­mem­bers her time in LA with Ledger.

“He was so gen­er­ous when any young Aussies would come to LA. You al­ways had a place to stay when you were in town,” Byrne (pic­tured) said.

“He was al­ways get­ting me au­di­tions on the projects he was work­ing on.”

Byrne said that The Dark Knight star made a real mark on the in­dus­try.

“He re­ally forged an amaz­ing rep­u­ta­tion in Hol­ly­wood. He paved the way for so many Aussies who have come af­ter him,” she said.

“The Ledger fam­ily has done an amaz­ing job at keep­ing his legacy go­ing and mak­ing sure they give back.

“They hon­our this path and what he did very well.”

Byrne said this year’s fi­nal­ists for the pres­ti­gious Heath Ledger Schol­ar­ship were very tal­ented.

“It is very hard to judge. I am in­cred­i­bly torn, the fi­nal­ists are re­ally ex­cel­lent,” she said.

“Many of them have been work­ing a lot and just need that kick start.

“There is plenty of ac­tors who are very tal­ented try­ing to make it in Hol­ly­wood. The more help you can get, the guid­ance, then the bet­ter your chances are.

“I do wish that there was some­thing sim­i­lar around when I was start­ing out.” Byrne will judge along­side Elizabeth

De­bicki, Matt Da­mon and Naomi Watts.

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