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AUDI MAGAZINE – During the opening weekend of this year’s Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, actor Teresa Palmer has been announced as the brand’s newest ambassador, at a celebration marking 20 years of the Audi Australia ambassador program.

It’s a long way from Adelaide to Hollywood. Growing up in council housing, working at a burger franchise and in Adelaide’s Rundall Mall shopping centre are not the obvious prerequisites for a career in film, and yet that’s the route Teresa Palmer took to not only arrive in Hollywood, but make a name for herself and stay there.

As fairytale and as simple as it sounds, the road has not been an easy one, but despite hardship and some disappointment along the way, Teresa, named after Mother Teresa, has applied the basic principles of hard work and sheer determination. The combination, along with no small amount of obvious natural talent have paid off, and her list of film credits continues to grow and become more and more impressive, and to the actor herself, more satisfying and fulfilling.

The hard road has been as much a blessing as anything else, says Palmer, and has kept her grounded as her career has taken her to places she never dreamed of.

“When things started to happen and I was working in America, it was such a whirlwind that it felt surreal and I was just waiting for it all to end,” she says.

“I just thought I’d eventually go back to Adelaide and to my teaching degree, but then it just kept going and a few years in I realised that this was my new reality.”

And what a reality it is, the actor building an impressive and incredibly diverse body of work that has seen her explore roles from romantic comedy and drama to action and suspense, to sci-fi and horror.

She displays all of the characteristics of a true chameleon, without the need to transform her look with extensive makeup and costume, such is her talent to ‘become’ the character.

From an alien in I am Number Four, to a girl who falls for a zombie in Warm Bodies, to a woman held hostage in the phycological thriller, The Berlin Syndrome, Palmer is not likely to be typecast any time soon.

Perhaps her biggest role to date, that of Desmond Doss’ wife in Mel Gibson’s award-winning drama Hacksaw Ridge, again saw her step out of her comfort zone and in the process widespread critical acclaim and nominations for Best Actress (Australian Film Critics Association Awards), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts – AACTA) and Best International Supporting Actress (AACTA).

“I gravitate towards lots of different types of scripts,” she says “That lends itself to going deeper within my craft and pushing the boundaries and I think it’s in those challenging moments when you’re not feeling completely comfortable within a character that you do your best work,” says Palmer.

Every new project is chosen on its merits, whether the attraction be the script, director or the opportunity to work with the other cast members – or a combination of all three.

“I always wanted to work with [directors] Cate Shortland and Terrence Malek, and I eventually had those dreams come true,” she says of just two of the many celebrated directors she has now had the opportunity to work with.

The one thing that always attracts her to a role though is the chance to do something.

“I’m instantly interested in directors who are doing something a little left of centre,” says Palmer. “So many films you see coming out of Hollywood look so much like something that was done a few weeks or months before,” she says of the ‘Hollywood machine’.

Perhaps the most satisfying and ever-challenging roles for Teresa is that of being a mother to three boys – Bodhi and Forest with husband, actor and director, Mark Webber, and his son Isaac to former partner, Frankie Shaw.

It’s a role she takes very seriously and one that she revels in. No nannies for Teresa and Mark – family comes first as far as they’re concerned, taking it in turns to work and take care of family matters.

It is this ongoing motherhood role that sees Palmer and the family back in Adelaide at time of writing, recharging the batteries after another hectic list of commitments in Los Angeles.

It is here more than anywhere where she feels most relaxed, and she says husband Mark is at his most creative in what’s become an adoptive home for him, without the pressures and pace of LA to deal with.

“Adelaide has really embraced me and my story and it’s probably the place where I’m recognised most,” says Palmer, who as well as being one of the biggest stars to come out of Adelaide, is also the number one ticket holder for the Port Adelaide football club. “But being recognised in Adelaide is more like running into old friends. It all feels very familiar and everyone is very easygoing. It just feels like a big country town and we [husband Mark and the boys] just love it.”

Although never in the one place for long, it’s this time in Australia, including this weekend’s visit to Hamilton Island for AHIRW, that keeps her pinching herself that it is really happening.

“I’m incredibly grateful, because I never could have imagined that this could happen to me,” she says of the real life role that is perhaps harder to come to terms with than any role she has played on screen. But a role that she certainly seems to have mastered.


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