Teresa Palmer (born 26 February 1986) is an Australian actress. She made her film debut in the suicide drama 2:37. Palmer was seen in The Grudge 2 in 2006, in December Boys, alongside Daniel Radcliffe, and in the 2008 children’s fantasy Bedtime Stories, with Adam Sandler. She appeared in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in 2010, with Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel, and her films in 2011 include a turn as an alien in the sci-fi film I Am Number Four, and playing Topher Grace’s love interest in Take Me Home Tonight. She will star in the zombie love story, Warm Bodies.

EARLY LIFE

Palmer was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. She is the only child of Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former nurse and missionary. She has a stepmother, Kaaren Palmer, as well as two half-sisters and two stepbrothers, who lived with her father. Her parents divorced when she was three. Palmer stated to Interview that she “came from rather humble beginnings”; she lived in public housing with her mother, and grew up on her father’s farm in the Adelaide Hills. Palmer was named after Mother Teresa by her mother, and has stated that she had a “tough upbringing” due to her mother’s manic depression.

Palmer was a student at Mercedes College, a Catholic day school, and won a local casting audition, “Search for a Movie Star”, in 2003. Her first acting job was dressing up as Strawberry Shortcake and Santa’s Little Helper on weekends for promotions in shopping centres near Adelaide. Palmer went to acting classes for a couple of years and appeared in a few television commercials. She was a fast food attendant at Hungry Jack’s in Rundle Mall in 2005, before working at clothing retailers Supré, Mambo Australia, and Cotton On.

After graduating from high school, Palmer got a call from her local talent agent about appearing in a student film, 2:37. The director had seen her head shot on the acting agency’s website and wanted her to be in the movie. Palmer thought that she would work in an animal rescue service, and eventually open her own animal welfare agency. She was accepted into university to study teaching and was taking a course on journalism, but had always dreamt of acting. Palmer quit university to work on the film.

PERSONAL LIFE

Palmer’s boyfriend since early-2005 was Australian rules footballer Stuart Dew. They split in March 2007. Palmer met Russell Brand on the set of Bedtime Stories in 2008. They got to know each other during the last week of filming, and realised they had a lot in common. Palmer and Brand dated for 3 months. Palmer has also been linked romantically to Topher Grace and Adam Brody. She stated to the Herald Sun in December 2008 that stories about her personal life in the media “are not necessarily true. It seems I have dated a lot of my co-stars, but that isn’t actually the case.” As of August 2010, she was dating Australian director Nash Edgerton.

As of 2009, Palmer was the number one ticketholder of the Port Adelaide Football Club, along with David Koch, co-host of the television program Sunrise on Seven Network. It is a tradition for clubs to recognize a prominent supporter as the number one ticketholder. Palmer went to games with the team, spoke at functions, and performed a beginning game coin toss.

As of 2009, Palmer was renting a two-bedroom apartment in the Hollywood Hills, off of Mulholland Drive. She bought a house for her mother in 2006. Palmer had planned to buy a house in Los Angeles, but decided she would be happier living in Adelaide and flying to Los Angeles to work. As of September 2010, she was looking for a house in the Grange, Semaphore or Springfield suburbs of the city. Palmer plans to open an animal shelter near her father’s home in Scott Creek.