Teresa Palmer Biography
Teresa Palmer (Teresa Mary Palmer) is an Australian actress writer, producer and model born on 26th February 1986 in Adelaide, Australia to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former missionary and nurse. She is the founder of Your Zen Life and Your Zen Mama.
Teresa Palmer parents divorced when she was three in 1989. She has a stepmother, Kaaren Palmer, as well as two half-sisters and two stepbrothers, who lived with her father. Palmer studied at Mercedes
College, a private Catholic day school. In November 2012, Palmer and friend Phoebe Tonkin launched the health and wellness website Your Zen Life. She co-founded a sister site to Your Zen Life called Your Zen Mama, with her friend, actress Sarah Wright.
Teresa Palmer Age
Teresa Palmer was born on 26th February 1986 in Adelaide, Australia.
Teresa Palmer Career
In 2003 Teresa Palmer won a local-casting audition, “Search for a Movie Star”.Her first acting job was dressing up as Strawberry Shortcake and an elf assistant to mall Santa Clauses 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.
At the age of 18 Teresa Palmer was cast by filmmaker Murali K. Thalluri in the independent Australian film 2:37. Palmer portrayed Melody in the film, a popular high school student who becomes suicidal after being impregnated by her brother. 2:37 premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in Un Certain Regard selection. The film received a standing ovation, a turning point for Palmer, giving her confidence in acting as a career. The trip to Cannes lead her to meet her manager, David Seltzer, and American talent agents She signed with the William Morris Agency.She was nominated for the 2006 Australian Film Institute Award for Best/ ok Lead Actress for her performance. She then signed with a talent agent in Sydney.
Teresa Palmer was cast to star with Tom Sturridge in her first American feature, Jumper, a science fiction film directed by Doug Liman. Her part was later recast when the lead characters were rewritten for older actors; her role went to Rachel Bilson. Palmer was devastated from losing the role and returned to Adelaide for a few months. She made her Hollywood feature film debut in The Grudge 2 in 2006, a horror sequel starring Amber Tamblyn and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Palmer described her character, Vanessa, as “the bitchy schoolgirl”. The Grudge 2 was released in North America on 13 October 2006 (Friday the 13th) to negative reviews and grossed $70 million worldwide against its $20 million budget.
In early 2007, Teresa Palmer was cast as Tori Frederking in the comedy Take Me Home Tonight, starring Anna Faris, Dan Fogler and Topher Grace. Set in the 1980s, the film was directed by Michael Dowse and released in March 2011.Take Me Home Tonight received negative reviews from film critics and was a box office flop, failing to recoup its $19 million budget.
In November 2007, Teresa Palmer was cast as the villain, Talia al Ghul, in the DC Comics superhero film, Justice League of America. George Miller was set to direct the film, but it was cancelled by Warner Bros. due to script rewrite issues and the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike.
In 2015, she appeared in the Terrence Malick-directed film Knight of Cups, starring Christian Bale. The film premiered in the main competition section at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2015.Knight of Cups has received mixed reviews from critics. It holds a 42% on Rotten Tomatoes based on twelve reviews. The film was scheduled to be released on 4 March 2016 in the United States by Broad Green Pictures. Palmer had a supporting role in the 2015 remake of Point Break. The film was released in the U.S. on 25 December 2015. It was panned by critics.
In 2016 Teresa Palmer played the female lead role in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The film premiered on 5 February 2016 and was panned by critics.It was released nationwide on 26 February 2016. It was met with mixed reviews and failed to impress at the box office.
Teresa Palmer Husband and Children
In 2012 Teresa Palmer began dating Mark Webber, an actor and director, after contacting him via Twitter. They became engaged in August 2013, and married on 21 December 2013 in Mexico. Their first child, Bodhi Rain Palmer, was born in February 2014. In May 2016, the couple announced that they were expecting their second child together. Their second son, Forest Sage Palmer, was born in December 2016. Through her marriage, Palmer is also a stepmother to Webber’s son from Webber’s previous relationship.
Teresa Palmer Movies
- 2005: Wolf Creek as Pool Party Girl
- 2006: 2:37 as Melody
- 2006: The Grudge 2 as Vanessa Cassidy
- 2007: December Boys as Lucy
- 2008: Restraint as Dale
- 2008: Bedtime Stories as Violet Nottingham
- 2010: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice as Rebecca “Becky” Barnes
- 2011: I Am Number Four as Number Six/Jane Doe
- 2011: Take Me Home Tonight as Tori Frederking
- 2011: Bear as Emelie
- 2011: Quirky Girl as Claire
- 2012: Wish You Were Here as Steph McKinney
- 2013: Warm Bodies as Julie Grigio
- 2013: Love and Honor as Candace
- 2014: Cut Bank as Cassandra Steeley
- 2014: Parts per Billion as Anna
- 2014: The Ever After as Ava
- 2014: Kill Me Three Times as Lucy Webb
- 2015: Knight of Cups as Karen
- 2015: Point Break as Samsara Dietz
- 2016: Too Legit as Kimmie
- 2016: The Choice as Gabby Holland
- 2016: Triple 9 as Michelle Allen
- 2016: Lights Out as Rebecca
- 2016: Hacksaw Ridge as Dorothy Schutte
- 2016: Message from the King as Kelly
- 2017: Berlin Syndrome as Clare Havel
- 2017: 2:22 as Sarah
- 2018: A Discovery of Witches as Diana Bishop
Interviewer: Congratulations on the launch of Your Zen Mama. It’s a wonderful extension of Your Zen Life. What does “mindful parenting” mean to you?
Teresa Palmer: Thanks! Mindful parenting is just being in tune with your kids and allowing an organic flow to be present among you all. I love gentle, open and calm communication as well as ensuring that Bodhi knows that all his feelings and emotions are okay with me. I never shame him, punish him or control him. I gently guide him and meet his needs respectfully and appreciate him as an individual with preferences and opinions.
Interviewer: Another big congrats on your pregnancy. I love that you are open about it not being such an easy path the second time round. Being in a similar position now, I know how all consuming fertility issues can be. How did you cope emotionally and mentally during this time and do you have any advice for others going through something similar?
Teresa Palmer: It was really really HARD!! I would sometimes become really present about the whole journey and surrender to what was my current reality, other times I would cry and obsess on Google every night feeling anxiety pulse through my body. I would future trip badly some days and then others I would find a good balance with it. In March when I got pregnant I had stopped breastfeeding during the day and the change in my prolactin level as well as being in total acceptance, pure love and excitement surrounding the idea of just being Bodhi’s Mummy, was the winning combination to help me conceive.
Interviewer: Did you learn anything from your first birth that you will apply to your second?
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Teresa Palmer: Yes that the key word is surrender. Just allow the waves to come along without tensing up or trying to retreat from then. The difference between surges when I was in that open mind state was incredible, anytime I tensed up it felt too powerful and then whenever I just became really fluid with it then I found them really bearable and almost enjoyable at times!
Interviewer: What has been your experience with extended breastfeeding and do you plan to tandem feed if Bodhi wants to continue?
Teresa Palmer: I’m still breastfeeding my almost 2.5 year old. Anyone passing judgement isn’t living in a conscious state of being. No one knows your connection with your child the way you do. Also just as a side note the World Health Organization believes that you should aim to breastfeed until age 3 and that the benefits of extended breastfeeding continue on beyond age 3! That one is a good one for the stubborn and old fashioned family members and I’ve used it a lot. Other than that if you have the ability and desire to continue breastfeeding your child all the better for everyone, no ones opinion should matter but your own. I will tandem breastfeed is Bodhi doesn’t self wean before his brother comes!
Interviewer: How do you seperate and/or balance the glitz and glamour of your Hollywood career and your spiritual path as a mother?
Teresa Palmer: Well the glitz and glamour are such small aspects of my life, I’m talking perhaps 3 weeks total of a full year. I choose not to attend events like a lot of my acting peers just because my preference is to stay home with my family, I also don’t love getting in to uncomfortable shoes/clothes and having my makeup and hair done, I much prefer just being me as when I work I’m always pretending to be someone else. Because it’s only a small fraction of my life I find the balance really easy. I have my family around me and always with me at work, I get to read all my favorite spiritual teachers at night when the kids fall asleep and that lends itself to keeping me balanced and in check. I have tools to keep me aligned when I need to recalibrate.
When I interviewed Jaime King she said “We live in an interesting time where we are taught that we should be able to do it all. Have kids, a great career, a great relationship, a healthy life etc. That is not only not possible, but totally unfair to place those expectations upon ourselves as women.”
Interviewer: Do you think it is possible for women to have it all, or do you think you need to prioritise different facets of your life at different times?
Teresa Palmer: I think perhaps society puts an unfair pressure on woman to “do it all” but that doesn’t mean balancing it all isn’t possible for those who want that. I have a desire to be a great Mum, have a succeeded acting career, a blogging career, be philanthropic, have a wonderful relationship, be a good friend AND be rooted in a deep spiritual practice. To me that’s the holy grail and why not strive to find
balance in all the things we want to achieve? Doesn’t mean I will achieve it but at least I know what my goals are and I have an idea of something to strive towards and for me, that keeps me focused. That’s just my path and might not be someone else’s, I know so many woman content being a great wife and Mama and not so focused on work and that’s just beautiful too. I may only be successful on my journey some of the time but I never put pressure on myself and most importantly I never listen to what anyone else thinks I should and shouldn’t be doing, especially a societal pressure.
What it really boils down to is not being in a state of comparison with anyone else, cultivating self love and acceptance of what is and really doing the work to figure out what kind of experience we want from life.
Interviewer: What is your view on technology and kids?
Teresa Palmer: I’m pretty liberal surrounding technology. My son definitely watches a show or plays “trucks” on my phone probably once a day. I have a limit to media exposure, I usually only let him watch one show or play a game for 20 mins however I’m a lot less strict than I thought I would be and this is for two reasons. Reason one is that realistically finding time for self during the day is really hard when, like our family, you don’t have a nanny or a babysitter it’s just you and the kids, he doesn’t go to preschool yet so from wake up until nighttime that you’re the one interacting with him. When I need to email someone back, write an article, wash the dishes or do the laundry, if he isn’t interested in helping me, then I will let him watch a show for my own me time. Secondly, we live in a different world now where technology is all around us, there’s no escaping it. I actually think I would be doing a disservice to him to hide all things media from him since he is and will be so exposed to it just because of the generation he has been born in to.
Interviewer: Three things you never leave home without.
Teresa Palmer: Bodhi (seriously I can’t remember the last time I actually left home without him haha) my phone, pocket copy of The Tao in my handbag, for a quick zen out.
Interviewer: Which movie of yours would you want your children to watch first?
Teresa Palmer: Bedtime Stories is the most appropriate and was the first one they watched!
Interviewer: What is your favourite movie of all time?
Teresa Palmer: The Labrynth!
Source: Not so mumsy