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Typecasting has stalled many a career, but it won’t be a problem for Teresa Palmer, whose greatest gift may be that she is so startlingly natural wherever she’s planted. This was most evident in her hit from earlier this year, Warm Bodies, in which she’s a tough-cookie survivor, post-zombie apocalypse, in love with a guy with one major drawback — he’s one of the undead. Even at a glance — in such unalike pictures as the Adam Sandler comedy Bedtime Stories; or Take Me Home Tonight, opposite Topher Grace; or the extraterrestrial fantasy I Am Number Four — the romance, action and humor are anchored because Palmer is so deeply down-to-earth.

Although she’s more in demand than ever – with roles in Love and Honor, a Vietnam-era drama co-starring Liam Hemsworth, Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, with Christian Bale; again opposite Hemsworth in the thriller Cut Bank; and in Parts Per Billion, an unsettling drama costarring Gena Rowlands – the driven Aussie is keen to generate her own projects, too. They include Track Town, which she co-wrote with costar Tahyna Tozzi, set to film in 2014. More immediately, she is collaborating on The Ever After with her fiancé, director Mark Webber.

So many Australians have succeeded here in Hollywood. Even so, it’s a huge risk to come all this way. What made you decide to try? Honestly, I had no plan of attack. I fell into acting. I was taking any opportunity that came my way. One came when I was in Cannes [in 2006] with 2:37, my first big film. American casting directors had seen it at the festival and wanted me to audition. My manager encouraged me. I landed in Los Angeles for what I thought would be a couple of weeks — quite excited by this new adventure — then booked two of the roles I tried out for. It was decided for me, I guess. My life unfolded in that way. I was cast in American movies.

At one point early on, you set out to become a teacher – Yes! Healing and teaching are my two other passions, outside of acting.

What subject would you have taught? Drama and English at a high school. I’m always excited, being in a school environment. Since I’ve been working, my old high school and college have invited me back —I’ve taught drama lessons, talked to the kids and hung out with them. I get to play a teaching role in their lives. It’s a really inspirational thing to do.

You quit college to pursue acting. Have you ever thought of going back? I’ve definitely looked into it.

What would you study? I’ve always been interested in midwifery. All of my friends know me as the little mama-bear. I’ve always been interested in the process of pregnancy, and service. I’ve thought about going back to college just to get a degree in this field.I also love psychology. I thought of pursuing the subject at UCLA. I only completed one subject at college in Australia — my concentration was all wrapped up with being in films. It is definitely something I would like to continue some day, and venture in to all sorts of areas.

To be a successful actress, you have to be something of a psychologist on a visceral level. I definitely grew up having to learn to read people. I became very good at that, and it’s my favorite thing to do — explore personalities, have deep conversations with people — to discover a spirit. I love doing Carl Jung stuff. The Myers-Briggs personality test? I’m all about that. I love studying up on these sorts of things.They really spark a truth with me, in a helpful way. One of the things I’m very, very passionate about outside of acting is a lot of self-development work, rich in spiritual life. That’s where the interest in psychology comes in.

Does that involve meditation, or is it reading and thinking? Reading a lot. Practicing open communication, delving into my psyche and getting close to the core; analyzing where certain feelings and thoughts come from but not placing judgment on that.

Making your own unconscious mind available to you, in a way. What we have to offer is alreadythere, but too often we censor ourselves. Absolutely! I’m focused on being a more conscious person. It’s really been very eye-opening. Probably the one subject that I love talking about!

Let’s talk about this in terms of the characters you play. You’ve described Julie in Warm Bodies as “a sassy warrior.” It’s clear you loved that about her. Are more like her being offered to you?There’s been no thick stream of offers, though Warm Bodies has been great for me. There’s definitely been more interest in me for these feisty, independent, very spirited roles. Which is great, because I wasn’t always seen in that way. But, I’m still at the point in my career where I’m fighting for roles. The difference is that I can be much more selective in terms of what I fight for. I can be choosier, do films I’m passionate about or can feel inspired by.

Do you suffer the pressure to take jobs, as opposed to losing momentum? That is the conversation you have with your team. Do you lower the bar and stay visible? Or do you raise it so that you’re not seen as much, but the quality of films you’re seen in is of a high standard? That is where my head is typically at. Obviously I need to be more or less available and make sure I’m not being too precious. If you can talk about a film that is coming out when you go in to meet people, it works powerfully in your favor. I follow my instinct; I don’t feel like it has been necessary for me to lower the bar just to keep my face out there.

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Teresa Palmer is a bride-to-be!

The 27-year-old Warm Bodies star is engaged to Goodbye World actor Mark Webber, her rep confirmed exclusively to E! News.

Rumors flew that Webber had popped the question after photos of Palmer wearing a diamond band around her left ring finger surfaced Friday.

Ironically, she wasn’t wearing her engagement ring in the shot, although she is set to tie the knot.

“She is engaged, however the ring in the photo is not her engagement ring,” her rep told E! News. “She is wearing the ring from her film until she gets the real one back from being sized.”

Back in April, Palmer told WHOmagazine she was ready for marriage and babies with Webber, saying, “Marriage and having kids are right around the corner.”

The couple, who met over Twitter last September, according to Yahoo!, plan to split their time between Adelaide, Australia, and Palmer’s home in Los Angeles, where Webber’s son Isaac lives with them part time.

“My family and friends really love him and I think he’s changed my perspective on a few things about my life,” Teresa told Australia’sHerald Sun about her hubby-to-be in March.

Congrats to the couple!

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I am… 
An actress?.

I would describe my job as…
Lots of different people, characters, costumes and countries.

I am lucky because…
I get to recreate stories from other people’s imaginations.

If I could change one thing about myself I would…
Have taken up an instrument and stuck with it when I was younger. Violin, piano, guitar – they all lasted less then 2 years.

It would’t surprise me if…
I moved to a little remote island one day and had lots of tan, sandy haired children running around barefoot.

The most interesting person I have ever met is…
Teresa Palmer, my soul sister and co-creator of www.yourzenlife.com. Tez is so insanely sweet, beautiful and goofy but would take down anyone if they tried to hurt anyone she loved. She is a warrior fairy.

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So about a week or so ago Phoebe Tonkin and Teresa Palmer Agrees to answer a few questions about themselves there friendship and the career’s Exclusively for PhoebeandTeresa.com.
The girls talk about how they met, there upcoming film together and more so enjoy!

Teresa

Fav Film: The labyrinth
Fav TV Series:Unsolved mysteries(back in the day!)
Fav Food:Mary’s gone crackers and garlic dip!
Fav Animal: dog
Fav Book: the Glass Castle
Fav Sport: to watch-basketball,to play-Netball (Australian game)
Fav Colour:indigo
Fav Song: always changes but right now “whispering winds” by Moby
Fav Actor: Joaquin Phoenix
Fav Actress: Penelope Cruz

 

Phoebe

Fav Film:  Great Expectations
Fav TV Series:  Girls
Fav Food:  Salmon
Fav Animal:  Sloths
Fav Book:  Lolita
Fav Sport: Basketball
Fav Colour:  Blue
Fav Song:  “Caring is creepy” by  The shins
Fav Actor:  Sean Penn
Fav Actress:  Rose Byrne

Thank you both for doing this i can’t thank you enough, you girls are amazing, so i guess my first question would be how to you girls become friends?

TP: We met in Sydney a fees years back and then met again in LA through mutual friends. We always say that we feel in love on a road trip to Coachella in 2011. Phoebe had no one to drive her so I offered and we spent the whole trip bonding and connecting. We were amazed to realize how similar we are. I always think of phoebes as my little sister from another mister. We are so similar.

PT: We met through mutual friends and then ended up in a car together going to a music festival in California. We spent three hours talking and realized we were soul sisters! Ever since then Teresa has become one of my best friends.

What inspired you to start YZL and what was the process like?

TP: We both have a passion for all things wellness so one night we talked about our love for this stuff and the idea of Your Zen Life came about. Phoebs and I really feel inspired by other people in our community with profiles who set out to make a positive impact, we knew it was so important to us and that’s when YZL was breathed to life.

PT:  We were always sharing stories and tips, and showing each other new recipes or good blogs to visit. We wanted to create a platform for people to share and discuss. Its a scrapbook of ideas and positivity,

Is it hard to come up with material for the site?

TP:  Sometimes I struggle to think of topics for “Tez Talks” but mainly we have amazing contributors who come to us with great material that we put up on the site.

PT: We are so fortunate that so many people have contributed. We are inundated with emails by people who want to inspire others and be happy and healthy.

As a fellow Aussie it must be hard to live anywhere else do you miss Australia?

TP: Yes absolutely. Mainly the lifestyle and the beaches. It’s hard not to be able to see my family and old school friends everyday but then again I have set up a really wonderful community of friends in LA who have become my family.

PT: I try to get back as often as I can. I miss my family and the beach and good BBQ’s!

What got both of you into acting?

TP: I started auditioning for things back in Adelaide when I was 16. The first thing I got really close to was “Power Rangers” haha I kept auditioning and then one day booked a film that premiere at Cannes film festival in 2006. That changed the course of my career.

PT: I was always interested in the arts, I love being creative and telling stories. I was lucky to land H20 after only auditioning for a few months in Australia.

Other than your family & friends who Inspires you the most?

TP: People like Christy turlington- Burns and Alicia Silverstone who have used their celebrity to impact wonderful change. Christy has a foundation called “every mother counts” which takes care of pregnant women all around the world helping them to have good health care and the same opportunities as other women. Alicia has turned her passion for healthy living and animal rights into a wonderful conscious living business and has helped millions of people through her writing and products.

PT: Teresa!!

Is it hard balancing your personnel life and your career?

TP: Not for me. Work always comes second to my family. As much as I love what I do, I cherish my relationships with people even more. Work is very important to me still and I make sure I feel fulfilled in what I do but being in love, sharing love and being of service means the most to me than anything else.

PT: My career and personal life often blend in together I am so close with my co-stars and I love the opportunity to meet new people and explore the world!

Is it a challenge maintaining your healthy ‘zen’ lifestyle when you’re away shooting films?

TP: Yes but it’s just about making adjustments wherever you are. I always plan ahead. Right now I’m writing from a job in canada where they don’t have much healthy food on set so in buying organic produce and bringing it to set to have them prepare it for me. I also love finding local exercise classes in various cities so I just keep staying healthy a priority regardless of where I am.

PT: No, theres always healthy options, and I always pack almonds and dark chocolate just in case!

What are five things you couldn’t Live without?

TP:  My partner, Phoebe!, Kohda and Luna, Information at the too of my fingers from the Internet (although perhaps this would be good for me!, Shojin vegan Japanese restaurant in LA

PT: Family, Friends, Coconut water, the ocean and chocolate

What has been your Biggest Success to date?

TP: Growing through pain and rising up again to be a more conscious, loving and evolved woman

PT: Landing Secret Circle was a big game changer for me. Since then I have been very lucky to stay within the CW family

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This fall the team behind The Vampire Diaries is adding a whole new night of supernatural drama and romance to the small screen with the premiere of The Originals, a spin-off series that will feature Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah on their own in New Orleans.

Julie Plec, the executive producer behind both bloodsucker dramas, talked about the challenges of launching a spin-off series during The Vampire Diaries panel at the Austin Television Festival over the weekend. The goal, Plec said, is to allow new viewers into the world of The Originals while still acknowledging the history that the characters have in Mystic Falls.

“Klaus has a history with a girl, and Rebecca’s just come off a whirlwind summer tour through Europe with Matt. So there are connections and elements from Mystic Falls and from The Vampire Diaries universe that remain very much alive in The Originals,” Plec told fans. “And so our writer challenge is how to introduce those elements into The Originals so that fans of bothThe Originals and The Vampire Diaries and new viewers will be equally as engaged.”

And speaking of Klaus and his “history” with a girl, what will Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkins) pregnancy mean for the long-simmering potential romance between Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Caroline (Candice Accola)? “Hayley is by no means the Cinderella in the Klaus love story,” the EP revealed.

“Hayley’s a girl who’s a pretty tough, fiery, independent spirit in her own right who got drunk, had sex, and got knocked up. So she’s gonna have her own journey. She’s not really meant to be a threat to Klaus’ love life. If anything, she’s the portal into his redemption.”

While The Originals will definitely be its own show with its own storylines, Plec has plans to blend the two series from time to time. “I, for one, would like to see some of these characters show up in New Orleans and have the characters from The Originals find their ways back to Mystic Falls for something as well.”

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Australian native Teresa Palmer is quickly becoming one of the most sought after young actresses in Hollywood.

After beginning her career in Australian movies, Palmer first gained attention in Hollywood when she was cast as Batman villain Talia al Ghul in director George Miller’s DC Comics super hero film Justice League of America, which unfortunately was never made. She went on to appear in a string of American films including Bedtime Storiesstarring Adam SandlerThe Sorcerer’s Apprentice with Nicolas Cage, the sci-fi movie I Am Number Four, and the ‘80s comedy Take Me Home Tonight opposite Topher Grace. But the actress’ big break came earlier this year when she co-starred in the extremely popular zombie film Warm Bodies, which also featured Nicholas Hoult and Rob Corddry. Now, Palmer has returned to the Australian cinema with her latest movie Wish You Were Here, which opens in U.S. theaters on June 7th.

The Australian film, which was written by actors Kieran Darcy-Smith (Animal Kingdom) and Felicity Price (TV’sFarscape), and directed by Smith, focuses on four friends who travel to South-East Asia for a fun-filled vacation. However, the trouble begins when one of the friends (Anthony Starr) does not return. Palmer plays Steph, a carefree young girl who reveals to her sister and brother-in-law (Price and Joel Edgerton) a nasty secret about the night her boyfriend went missing, which may only be the first of many.

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with actress Teresa Palmer about her work on Wish You Were Here, as well as a few of her upcoming projects and the possibility of a sequel to Warm Bodies. The talented young actress discussed her new film, returning to Australian cinema, collaborating with filmmakers Kieran Darcy-Smith and Felicity Price, what attracted her to the role, the limitations of American movies, making her own films with actor Mark Webber, their upcoming project – The Ever After, what she looks for when choosing projects, working with legendary directorTerrence Malick on Knight of Cups, what she learned from being on his set, and if she would be interested in returning for a possible sequel to Warm Bodies.

 

Here is what she had to say:

IAR: To begin with, after appearing in so many American movies, was it nice to return to Australia and make Wish You Were Here?

Teresa Palmer: Yeah! I obviously started doing Australian films and it was nice for me to go back to Australia and get back into doing these great Aussie dramas. They film my favorite movies in the world. I loved Animal Kingdom. That largely inspired me to get involved and do this movie. Our director Kieran Darcy-Smith was involved with Animal Kingdom so I was excited when I got the script. I read it, it was great and gritty and suspenseful and kept me on the edge of the seat. I was so happy they wanted me to do this role.

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At the end of 2010 I was lucky enough to volunteer for a beautiful organization called African Impact. While I was there I volunteered at schools, taught singing lessons and spent time playing with the children of the local communities in Limuru, Kenya. What I experienced during my time there impacted me greatly. I was so inspired by the hearts of these people. Their spirits were so beautiful and radiant, they were loving, accepting and non- judgmental. The joy they received from pure things such as human connection and a sense of community was so deeply moving to me. They became my teachers, as I taught much less and learned so much more than I could’ve ever imagined. I documented and edited together footage of some of my experiences. If it even crosses your mind to get involved with a charity like African Impact, please do so. I guarantee that it will make a beautiful imprint on your heart as it has done mine. Love Teresa.

Thanks to:
M83 for giving us permission to use their song “Outro” and to my dear friend Moby for helping secure this permission.
Rita Mbanga for everything on this trip and beyond.
Nash Edgerton
Sarah Graham and Andrew Conolly- you’re both such special people and should be so proud of the work you’re doing over there.
Dylan Stricklan
Phoebe Tonkin my soul sis, daily inspirer and yzl co-creator
All of my friends at African Impact

www.yourzenlife.com
www.africanimpact.com