Abbie Cornish Biography
Abbie Cornish also known by her rap name Dusk is an Australian actress and rapper born on 7th August 1982 in Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia. She is popularly known for her role as the titular heroin addict in the drama Candy (2006)
She is the second born of five children of Shelley and Barry Cornish. Her sister, Isabelle Cornish, is also an actress. In 2006 she became an ambassador for Australian animal rights group Voiceless, the animal-protection institute, and was part of a national advertising campaign in 2012.
Abbie Cornish Career
At the age of 13 Abbie Cornish reached the finals of a Dolly Magazine competition and began her career in modelling. In 1999, Cornish was awarded the Australian Film Institute Young Actor’s Award for her role in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s television show Wildside and was offered her first role in a feature film, The Monkey’s Mask.
In 2004, Abbie Cornish appeared in the award-winning short film Everything Goes with Hugo Weaving. She received the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actress at the FCCA and IF Awards and Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2005 Miami International Film Festival for her role in Somersault.
In April 2010, Abbie Cornish was cast in Limitless, the film adaptation of the novel The Dark Fields, directed by Neil Burger. Cornish narrated Zack Snyder’s film Sucker Punch, in which she played one of the protagonists, at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Abbie Cornish played the role of Wally in Madonna’s film W.E., about Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. She replaced Emily Blunt in the independent film The Girl.
In 2014 she co starred in RoboCop reboot. She played Clara Murphy, the wife of protagonist Alex Murphy (Joel Kinnaman). In 2015, she played Agent Katherine Cowles in Solace, a mystery thriller film directed by Afonso Poyart. In 2016, she filmed The Girl Who Invented Kissing with Luke Wilson.
Abbie Cornish Music Career
Abbie Cornish is a rapper, singer and songwriter. She has been rapping under the name MC Dusk since 2000 and was part of an Australian hip hop group from the age of 18 to 22. In 2015, Cornish supported American rapper Nas on his Australian tour. The same year she released two new tracks on SoundCloud: “Evolve” featuring Jane Tyrrell and “Way Back Home” which was produced by Suffa from Hilltop Hoods.
Abbie Cornish Movies
- 2000: The Monkey’s Mask as Mickey Norris
- 2003: Horseplay as Becky Wodinski
- 2004: One Perfect Day as Emma Matisse
- 2004: Somersault as Heidi
- 2004: Everything Goes as Brianie
- 2006: Candy as Candy
- 2006: A Good Year as Christie Roberts
- 2007: Elizabeth: The Golden Age as Bess Throckmorton
- 2008: Stop-Loss as Michelle Overton
- 2009: Bright Star as Fanny Brawne
- 2010: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole as Otulissa
- 2011: Limitless as Lindy
- 2011: Sucker Punch as Sweet Pea
- 2011: W.E. as Wally Winthrop
- 2012: The Girl as Ashley
- 2012: Seven Psychopaths as Kaya
- 2014: RoboCop as Clara Murphy
- 2015: Solace as Agent Katherine Cowles
- 2016: Lavender as Jane
- 2017: 6 Days as Kate Adie
- 2017: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri as Anne Willoughby
- 2017: Geostorm as Agent Sarah Wilson
- 2018: Amre as Amre`s Lover
Abbie Cornish TV Shows
- 1997: Wildside as Simone Summers
- 1999: Close Contact as Sara Boyack
- 2000: Water Rats as Marie Marchand
- 2001: Outriders as Reggie McDowell
- 2001: Life Support as Penne #1
- 2003: White Collar Blue as Antonia McAlister
- 2003: Marking Time as Tracey
- 2014: Klondike as Belinda Mulrooney
- 2018: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan as Cathy Muller
Abbie Cornish Boyfriend
In 2007 Abbie Cornish began dating Ryan Phillippe. The couple initially had their meeting in 2006 on the set of the film, Stop-Loss. They made their first public appearance in 2008 during the Australian Film Breakthrough Awards. In February 2010 they broke up.
Abbie Cornish Interview
Interviewer: How did Lavender come your way?
Abbie Cornish: (Director/Co-Writer) Ed [Gass-Donnelly] sent me the script for Lavender, and I’d never done a scary movie before. I’ve never done a thriller, or a psychological horror thriller, or a ghost movie before, so for me, it was like going into a whole new territory. I’d seen Ed’s work before, and I thought his work was interesting and different. I thought he had a grasp on that kind of tension, and a way of telling a story that is supernatural, but in a way that is realistic. It was just a really interesting character, and I wondered what it would be like to be scared out of my brain for three months because I had never done that before.
Interviewer: Is this one of those scripts where you were able to get the tone and the vibe from reading the script, or did you need to talk to the director to understand exactly what he was going for?
Abbie Cornish: I think the script told a story of the fact that this could be a movie that was very ominous and that it would create tension. It’s not an action movie. It’s a thriller. That was in the script. And then, when I spoke to Ed, he described it by saying that she was haunted by these guys in something of a parallel universe, where they’re real, but they’re not real. For me, that was really, really interesting. It’s so different from that genre.
Interviewer: Was this also a script where, while you were reading it, you kept trying to guess where it would go next, or have you read enough scripts that you can see where things are going more than the average audience can?
Abbie Cornish: I feel like I knew what was going to happen, at certain points, but I was reading it from the point of view of the character, which is different from how other people would experience it.
Interviewer: There are other actors who come in and out of scenes with you and that you interact with, but so much of the emotion and intensity of this film relies entirely on you. How challenging was this shoot for you, and what were the biggest challenges?
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Abbie Cornish: I was surprised because I felt like the shoot was much easier than what I had expected. Part of me thought that I was going to film at night and be scared and not want to turn the lights off. I thought I would be haunted by this film, but it was the exact opposite. It was such an easy shoot. We had so much fun. Justin [Long] is hilarious. He’d come on set, and he was so much fun to have on set. The kids were so beautiful, so full of life and so amazing. The shoot was really, really easy. Ed is such a great director because he knows what he wants to do and he knows how to achieve it, and he’s got a really good crew, and he’s really funny. He’s a humorous guy. I was like, “I’m doing a really scary movie and I’m meant to be totally freaked out, but I’m going home happy and relaxed.” It was really weird. I tried to freak myself out by watching ghost movies and scary movies.
Interviewer: With the kids around on set, you’d want to keep them distracted from all of the darkness, anyway.
Abbie Cornish: I was surprised by the kids. We’d come on set and part of me would think, “Oh, gosh, this subject matter is so dark and twisted, and they’re so young. I wonder how much they’re thinking about this and how they feel about this.” We had a child psychologist on set, 24/7, but we didn’t really need it. The kids were totally fine. That made it more fun, too.
Interviewer: In going through an experience like this, where so much of the film depends on you and how you’re conveying everything, did you feel a great sense of satisfaction when you got to the end of the shoot, or are you your own worst critic, when it comes to your performance?
Abbie Cornish: I think I felt really good about it. The footage was great, and I watched a lot of what we shot. I knew we had a nice film, and I knew that it was different and that there was integrity to it. I loved our D.P., Brendan Steacy. So, I felt really good about it.
Interviewer: What was it about the Jack Ryan TV show that appealed to you and made you want to sign on for what could be a few seasons?
Abbie Cornish: For me, what appealed to me about Jack Ryan is the fact that it’s a franchise and it’s been around forever. There are so many people who have read the books and seen the movies. And I love John Krasinski and the team behind it, including Paramount, Platinum Dunes and Amazon. I think Amazon are doing some really, really interesting television. They’ve got Mozart in the Jungle, and then they’ve got this new show coming out, called I Love Dick, that’s really experimental and artistic. It just feel like Amazon is doing really interesting things. For them to have this blockbuster series that’s very mainstream and commercial, and to have Paramount and Platinum Dunes behind it, and all of these amazing people, I just thought it could be really fun. And Dr. Cathy Mueller is an interesting character. She’s smart and intelligent. My research on infectious diseases has been so fulfilling. There’s just so much information and it’s so nerdy. I love that! It’s so much fun. For me, it was just a no-brainer.
Interviewer: What do you think makes John Krasinski the actor who’s best suited to play the character, at this point in his life?
Abbie Cornish: I think he’s an all-American guy. He’s tall, he’s handsome, he’s athletic, he’s capable, he’s intelligent, he’s funny and he’s charming. I think he’s got everything the character needs to be taken from the CIA, all the way to the President of the United States of America, which I don’t think will happen in the series, but that happened in the books. That’s after 10 or 20 years of life, so we would never get that far in the series, but John has the potential for all of that. He can fall in love, be clumsy, make mistakes and save the world. He’s very endearing and all-American.
Interviewer: When it comes to your own TV viewing habits, are you a binge-watcher, or do you prefer to savor episodes?
Abbie Cornish: I’m more of a binge-watcher, I would say. I didn’t really grow up with television. I grew up on a farm in the country in Australia, so television was not my go-to. My go-to is a good book, or just being in nature. Television is something that I knew very little about, but when I do watch it, I love it. I watched Season 3 of Mozart in the Jungle, back to back, in two days. That’s such an incredible show, and it was so much fun. So, I don’t really watch TV that often, but when I do, I’m a binge-watcher.
Source: Collider (March 2017)