InStyle chats to Aussie actress Teresa Palmer about her latest flicks, celebrity stylists and breaking Hollywood…
Teresa Palmer is Hollywood’s hottest new addition. The Aussie beauty has already caught the eye of the film world’s finest - she starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe in December Boys, appeared with Nicholas Cage in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and was handpicked by Adam Sandler for her role in Bedtime Stories. Bring up her name in conversation with an Aussie, and you’ll be subjected to coos of: “Oooh Teresa Palmer, she’s Oz’s answer to Angelina Jolie.” And her latest flick, I Am Number Four, is of the same kick-ass genre that Ms Jolie is partial to, plus she’s undeniably stunning – she has that wholesome radiance that Aussie chicks seem to have a monopoly on. This summer she has two big DVD releases: 80s style comedy Take Me Home Tonight and sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four, in which she plays Number 6 - the love interest to Alex Pettyfer’s character Number 4.
Your character Number 6 isn’t your typical girly love interest… No – she’s a sassy tough love interest! She’s from the same planet as Number 4 and has been trying to find him so they can combine their special powers. She’s fireproof and has the power of invisibility – she’s quite a warrior.
Did you do any training to prepare for such a feisty role? I was in stunt training for three months before we’d even started filming. It was intense – five hours a day of martial arts, sword moves and boxing. I’m pretty athletic already but I really had to work at it.
What affect did that have on your figure? I was in the best shape I’ve ever been! I had a very good six-pack!
Did you pick up any injuries while you were filming? Oh yeah, I was black and blue! I fell off a motorbike, I scraped my knees and I broke my little toe – but what do you need a little toe for?! It was all part of the fun.
You star alongside Glee’s Dianna Agron – what was she like? We got on so well. She’s such a sweetie with a really beautiful heart. It was a blessing to work with her.
Glee has such a huge cult following - are you a fan? I don’t watch TV so I’ve never seen Glee but I have a lot of friends who are ‘Gleeks’!
Your film Take Me Home Tonight is set in the 80s – I bet it was a lot fun dressing up in all the crazy outfits? It was! I was born in 1986 so I never got to fully experience dressing up in 80s clothes – so I seriously enjoyed shooting this film!
Did they dress you in anything hideous? I was actually really lucky, I got to wear a beautiful gold vintage Halston dress nearly every day. It was stunning - I wanted to take it home! Anna Farris wasn’t so lucky – she had to wear plenty of fluorescent scrunchies!
You moved from Adelaide to Hollywood to further your movie career – was that daunting? Yes. It was a really difficult period for me – I didn’t have many friends in LA so I was really lonely. Luckily I now have loads of wonderful friends so I’m much happier. We escape Hollywood by hiking in the hills outside of LA together.
Has your style changed since moving to LA? No – everyone dresses casually in LA and I’ve always had a laidback style. I only wear designer clothes if I’m attending an event or premiere. Otherwise it’s high street all the way – I own so many Topshop clothes I could open my own store!
Do you have a stylist? Yes, I’ve started working with Cher Coulter. She also dresses Sienna Miller and Kate Bosworth.
Who are your go-to designers when you have a premiere coming up? I love Pucci and Christopher Kane – I wore his electric pink lace dress to the Take Me Home Tonight premiere.
And there are plenty of hot Aussie designers around…Yes, my favorite is Kym Ellery. She’s relatively unknown at the moment but she is SO brilliant. When I’m in LA I buy her designs online. She’s going to be a huge star in the fashion world, I guarantee it.
So not only is Teresa enviably beautiful and a fab actress, she has seriously impressed us with her fashion-cred (a one-to-watch designer tip always goes down well with us InStylers!). We have just discovered our new girl crush.
I Am Number Four is released on DVD on 20th June 2011.