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About 4 days ago from Teresa Palmer's Twitter

"I have to not take myself too seriously and I have to realise that if it is meant to be, it will be."

Below is a list of memorable quotes from Teresa compiled by the staff of Teresa Palmer Source from magazine transcripts and online interviews throughout her career so far. If you’ve got any you’d like to share with us that you cannot find here, or if you would like to know the the source for any of the quotes found below, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Enjoy her’s wise words!

Quotes from 2016
— My son’s like, ‘Mummy, I’d like a glayss of wot-uh.’ He was made here, born here and lives in America. But he talks like me. I tell him, ‘Don’t ever lose that.’

— I love switching it up with all the different genres, because it keeps me on my toes. I can’t afford to be lazy because I’m constantly having to push myself and get deeper into the work. That’s a challenge for me and I think I would get bored otherwise.

— I’m a huge Baz Luhrmann Romeo + Juliet fan. That was the first time I felt the desperate need to have a boyfriend and be in love, and I also wanted that boyfriend to be Leonardo DiCaprio. I actually had a necklace that said his name and I’d wear it every day. Then when I met him, I was like, “Oh, my God, if only I could go back to my 13-year-old self.”

— I’m a true-crime girl. My husband won’t watch those really gritty shows. I was like, “If you don’t like it, then you can go out.”

— L.A. gets a really bad rap. The excess side to L.A. is very much here, just the overindulgence, the abundance, the focus on the physical is here. And it’s this machine-like nature in Hollywood. However, on the flip side, it’s the most beautifully creative environment, and I find that it’s a really conscious place to live; there’s such a movement toward mindfulness and meditation and self-discovery and exploration.

[On motherhood] It’s the best thing in all the land. It’s my favorite part of my life. It’s affected me in that the world just feels different to me now. Everything’s more vibrant. I have so many more feelings in every aspect. I feel such a greater fear because I’m now a mother. I’m fearful that something could happen to this child that I love so much. But then I feel so much empathy for everyone, and I feel greater love. So it’s like the world in every aspect is richer. I want so many children. I want to get pregnant again this year. I wanna just keep having babies!

[On filming Knight of Cups] When I arrived on set, I had a moment of seeing other women who were what I thought actresses pretending to be strippers, but they were real-life strippers. So I was like, “Help me! You need to tell me, like, how do I move my body?” So they would take me over to the pole and they would show me what to do with the pole and how to move my body. I kept forgetting that I was playing a stripper. I would just be in the scene with Christian and then I’d hear one of them say, “Keep moving your body!” I’m like, “Oh my gosh! I have to keep moving my body. That’s what strippers do. They don’t just like sit and have a conversation. They’re moving; they’re very sexual beings and that’s very alluring.” I just kept on forgetting to move. So, yeah, apparently it works because Christian Bale thought I was a real stripper for the longest time.

Quotes from 2015
— To me a friendship is beautiful in that unlike family, friends are those we choose to move through life with. My friends are mirrors of me and vice versa, we create a community in which we encourage each other to shine bright, building one another up and wishing the best of life for each other.

— I felt great doing photo-shoots while I was pregnant, I felt very proud of my swollen belly, I loved it. I think I really found a beautiful relationship with my physical self while I was pregnant. Watching the miracle of life grow within me and seeing the way my body changed; I had a really beautiful relationship with my pregnancy.

— Honestly, for me, being my happiest self equates to being my healthiest self. And that’s about doing enough self-development work to be at a place where I’m only sourcing happiness from an internal place as opposed to anything external. And that’s been incredibly liberating and has helped me stay healthy and balanced.

— It’s actually not the difference in how films are made in Australia versus America, in terms of country, but just the difference in size of projects. I’ve never shot a film that had more than a $10 million budget in Australia. In Australia, I’ve been part of a lot of independent movies, which I’m passionate about because I’m such a fan of independent filmmaking and the collaborative process in which that takes place. And it feels, on these smaller budget movies, that you’re part of a small puzzle, whereas in huge, studio films—I’ve done $180 million budget films—you’re such a small yet integral part of a large puzzle.

[on her friendship with Phoebe Tonkin] We first met in Bondi at a screening in 2009. I remember being introduced to her but I had already clocked her as soon as I walked up the stairs to the event. She was the most striking girl I had ever seen and I couldn’t stop staring. Statuesque and THE EYES!! I remember thinking that my boyfriend at the time (who introduced us) most certainly had a crush on her! Her bright shining energy and bounce was absolutely infectious. It wasn’t until 2011 when the stars aligned and I drove her to Coachella that I knew we were bonded for life. The way we were like missing pieces of the puzzle to each other was really magical and so began our journey.

[On her favorite designers] I love Ellery from Australia. I’ve also been enamored by the Burberry bohemian line, it’s just incredible. I’ve been wearing Gucci, Rodarte, Dior and Chanel for most of my red carpet events. Isabel Marant is the everyday very cool look; if you’re going to buy one signature piece, it will be an Isabel Marant jacket for instance and you’re going to wear it with cut-offs Topshop denim shorts and a t-shirt.

[On Kristen Stewart comparisons] Everyone says that! Nick [Hoult] would say that to me, and then I was at the Met Ball a couple of years ago and Kristen came up to me and said, ‘Dude, we really do look so much alike. And everyone tells me that.’ And I said, ‘We do! Everyone tells me that, too!’

Quotes from 2014
— Because of my past and my upbringing, I’m a nurturer. I want to fix people.

— I love Australian style – it’s edgy but effortless. The most important thing to me is to be able to throw something on and give it a little edge – something that helps you stand out from the crowd. Australians seem to be able to do that so perfectly. They look chic but they don’t look like they spent a long time trying to put together their outfit. I love that – it’s very much in line with my style. One of my best friends, Phoebe Tonkin, does that in a remarkable way. She throws on something, gives it a little twist – whether it’s a cuff on her ear or a piece of jewellery or her shoes – she gives it something that’s fresh, teamed with a cool vibe.

[On the key to her her healthy diet] Eat broccoli. I eat a whole base of foods and try not to eat anything processed or from a packet. I just focus on choosing foods that are nutritious and nutrient dense that are a good balance of healthy carbohydrates, healthy fat, great grains and a whole bunch of fruit and veggies. But at the same time I’m not too strict. I allow myself to have indulgences as well.

Quotes from 2013
— I had a very outdoorsy childhood. My dad lives on ten acres of land and has endangered Australian species so I literally got the quintessential Australian upbringing—or what people think would be the quintessential Australian upbringing: I would hang out with kangaroos and yabba dabba doos—I just made that last one up. Everyone always thinks I just make up the names because they sound so phoney.

— I love zombie movies! I’m a huge fan of Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, I thought that was an incredible film. It’s very gritty and realistic. I also love Zombieland, because it interjects a sense of humor into the zombie genre.

— Growing up in Adelaide, Hollywood was like a distant dream. I made a low-budget Australian movie [2:37] at 19 and it ended up premiering at Cannes and changing my life. I was at university at the time studying to be a teacher.

— I’m very Australian but I’m a health nut; Vegemite has too much sodium, but I grew up eating Burger Rings. I’d have them every day if I could. Those and Caramello Koalas! Yummy.

— I’ve faced a lot of adversity, disappointments and let-downs in the past year, but I think in darkness is where you grow. Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom and feel very alone in order to create space for beautiful things to come into your life.

— This has happened to me numerous times in my career: I will be down to my last two dollars, have nowhere to stay and then an opportunity will land in my lap. That’s what happened in 2008. Justice League had just fallen apart, I had no money, I was so sad, I didn’t know if I was living the best life I could possibly live by being out in LA and away from my family … and then I ended up getting Bedtime Stories.

[On falling into acting] I didn’t really plan on it. It was just a dream, definitely, but coming from Adelaide, South Australia I never thought it could be a reality. I started to pursue a teaching career and then I fell into my first acting job and I kept on getting more acting work and it was only until recently that I realized this is probably going to be my career. I feel very blessed and fortunate to be doing this.

[On her dream role] My favorite role to date, which has already been on screen, was Alice from Closer. I love that play, I think it’s a complex character, it’s all very layered and grounded in reality. Natalie Portman was phenomenal in that film. If I could find a character in that same vein, I would be very excited!

[On her dream acting collaboration] Cate Blanchett. She’s in Knight of Cups, but we don’t have any scenes together. I think she’s a real chameleon, and she is just a true icon in Australia. I think if I had the chance to work with her it would be the best acting class ever!

[On moving to the US] That transition was definitely difficult and isolating and I didn’t know anybody here. I had to learn how to drive on the other side of the road and do my own washing and take care of myself and it was so lonely, but I’m glad I fought that averse feeling. I grew so much as a result and now I have perspective and realize what an integral time that was for me. I’m so happy I went through all that.

Quotes from 2012
— I guess I’m a bubbly, happy, positive person who really is inspired by life. I try to make the most of all of my days. I have a favourite quote: Be the change you want to see in the world. I try to live my life by that.

— I started off doing dramatic work and I feel like that is my niche. When you first get to America, you have to play the girl a few times to raise your profile. Those are the opportunities you get. But I am now at a point in my career where I have decided to step back from that and go back to my roots. I like dark material. I like being challenged. That’s way more inspiring to me.

— I really don’t let my work define who I am. I have a really great group of girlfriends and we all just hang out and do regular things.

— One of the things that come with being an actor in Hollywood is dealing with public attention surrounding your personal life, and sometimes being photographed on the street. But I love my job so much that I realise it’s all a part of it, and I can’t complain. It’s what I signed up for.

— Mythical or not, the Golden Age sounds pretty cruisey – “peace, happiness, prosperity…” But truly, I think to be a young woman in the cultural decade somewhere between 1963 and 1975 would have been really amazing. Just to be a part of the social revolution and significant political change, whilst dancing around like a wild hippie, would’ve been pretty special.

— All day dates are my favorite. To be totally perfect it’d have to be warm during the day and rainy or stormy at night. We would start in the afternoon and go on a beautiful hike with my dogs, then have a picnic with yummy vegan food, then home to watch a movie or read a book together in front of the fire, all cuddled up and cozy with a crazy storm going on outside. We would eat some healthy homemade food, drink some red wine, and finish off with a vegan dessert, all the while deeply connecting over our love of spirituality, psychology, philosophy, and animals!

Quotes from 2011
— It’s a very bizarre sort of gypsy lifestyle where you’re always travelling around like nomads, living out of suitcases then getting dressed up and glamorous for photo shoots and events. For me that’s a really fun part but it doesn’t define who I am. I’m such a casual person.

— I was sort of new to acting still when I was cast in ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ — I didn’t understand preparing for a role and doing research. I arrived to Arizona — which is where we shot the film — pretty unprepared… I was greeted at my apartment by this big ‘80s kit that Topher and his producing partner, Gordon Kaywin, had put together for us and it had all the John Hughes movies, CDs full of ‘80s songs and a lot of ‘80s trinkets. It was wonderful. I had my ‘80s education in a few hours and got rushed onto the set and thrown in the deep end. But it was such a wonderful experience.

— I have a three-month rule with my mom. We have to see each other every three months. She’s actually here at the moment, going on press tours with me for both these movies, so I get to have her for four months and that helps to ease the homesickness.

— I don’t think I will ever get to the point where I think: ‘Oh, I’ve made it.’ I know my parents are really proud of me, and they think I’ve become successful, so that’s nice, but there’s still so much I want to achieve in my life.

— I’m a typical ENFJ. I don’t know if you’ve done the Myers-Briggs personality test. It’s one of the famous personality tests that was started in the 1950s, and my result was ENFJ, and they’re actually called “the teacher.” That is very much who I am, and I love teaching. I’m passionate about it. I actually went back last year, and I taught the year 12 students at my old high school. I taught the drama class, and I had them run scenes from The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. The film was coming out three weeks after that, so I filmed them doing the scenes, and then sure enough, in three weeks they got to go to the cinema and actually watch that scene in the movie.

[On her upbringing] I was religious, Catholic, a very good Catholic girl. Now I’m more so spiritual. I’m very spiritual now, and it’s very important. It’s a priority in my life, but I haven’t really been going to church, much to my mother’s dismay.

Quotes from 2010
— I grew up watching American films, and I feel like I’ve seen Central Park on film so many times, so just walking through there is magical. You can be alone with your thoughts … it really hit me when I was jogging through the park, like, I’m here. I’m in America, in New York City, in person. That’s not something I ever thought I would experience. I only started traveling when I started acting four years ago. It’s still very exciting.

— If they ever made a movie about Lauren Bacall, I’d love to do that. I read her autobiography, everything about Frank Sinatra and Bogie and Hollywood back in the 50s and 60s. It’s a whole different world. It was one of the most compelling books I ever read. If they ever decide to make that into a film, I would love to play Lauren Bacall.

— Most boys have got such egos and they want to be the cool guy or the football guy or the jock. That’s not appealing to me at all. What’s appealing to me is someone who loves who they are and if they are dorky and into physics or maths, so be it. That is the most refreshing thing.

— My dad was very heavily involved in Port Adelaide Football Club, so I grew up watching Aussie rules football. Since I was about five or six, I would go along to see them with my dad, and I got to meet the players. Just recently last year, they asked me to be the number-one ticket holder, which is great!

[On kissing Daniel Radcliffe] I still get asked questions about it a lot like “What’s it like to be the deflowerer of Harry Potter?” But, December Boys was a pivotal point in my career. It opened up a lot of doors because of the exposure that came with Daniel Radcliffe being attached to the film. It didn’t hurt. I found the controversy quite hilarious actually. Daniel was like, “Get ready. It’s gonna get worse from now on in.” He was like, “The girls will probably hate you but it’s funny. You just have to laugh it off” and I did. I know there were a lot of people upset out there because I was kissing their Harry.

Quotes from 2009
— I had the best of both worlds when I was a kid. I’d spend a quiet week with my mum, then I’d go to my dad’s property in the Adelaide Hills, where there were all these kids and animals running around.

— You won’t find me passed out in a club or at the opening of an envelope. I’m about as far away from the rehab-bound starlet as you’ll ever meet. My plan is to stay away from all of that and to keep working on projects I’m passionate about. I’m in this for the long haul.

Quotes from 2008
— I just bought my first dog in Los Angeles. Her name’s Luna. Everyone thought I was really spiritual and named her after the moon — obviously much cooler. But the reason I named her Luna is that she’s such a lunatic. And my greatest accomplishment of the year is that I’ve puppy trained her. It’s a great Christmas present for me. It really helps a lot, having something to cuddle at night and give you kisses in the morning. Who needs boys when you can have dogs?

[On her first LA premiere for December Boys] That was pandemonium and it was my first big premiere and I didn’t know what to expect. I got out of the car and everyone started screaming and my publicist took me over to this crowd of people who were waiting and I was like, ‘Oh, I shouldn’t go over there, no one’s going to know who I am’, and they had photos of me and were calling out ‘Teresa, can you sign this?’ It’s funny, there were some pictures of me on WireImage signing autographs and I’m looking at the camera with these huge wide eyes and I have the most shocked look on my face: this is my life and this is actually happening to me. Sometimes it feels like it’s happening to someone else because it’s such a bizarre thing to have happen. It’s what dreams are made of. Who knows when it’s going to finish because it can be a difficult industry for longevity. So I just take each day as it comes. It’s really exciting, it’s a whirlwind.

[On being recast in Jumper] I thought I’d finally got my big break. I thought it was going to be a really big film for me. And then all of a sudden you get rejected and both you and your co-star get fired. It’s a really tough thing to come back from. I was in such a dark place when that happened. So I retreated and went home for a few months. Finally I was convinced to go back and give it another shot, and I did and I had the time of my life on Take Me Home Tonight. It was one of the best film experiences I’ve had an it really restored my faith in the movie-making process.