Heath will al­ways live on in our me­mories

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Sydney Confidential - With Jonathon Mo­ran, Kris Crane & Ali­son Stephen­son

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

This year Byrne is on the judg­ing panel for the Heath Ledger schol­ar­ship, which is now in its 10th year and worth $US30,000. It will be an­nounced in Los An­ge­les this week. The Brides­maids star said she fondly re­mem­bers her time in LA with the late ac­tor.

“Heath was so gen­er­ous when any young Aussies would come to LA. You al­ways had a place to stay,” she said, “and he got me au­di­tions on the projects which he was work­ing on.”

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

“He 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 his path and what he did very well.”

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

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

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

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

“I wish there was some­thing sim­i­lar around when I was start­ing out.”

Byrne judged along­side Elizabeth De­bicki, Matt Da­mon and Naomi Watts.

She is dis­ap­pointed that she will not be able to at­tend the an­nounce­ment of the win­ner at the fa­mous Chateau Mar­mont in Los An­ge­les this Fri­day.

A string of A-list Aussie and Amer­i­can names are ex­pected to turn out for the event.

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