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

It’s late afternoon in Los Angeles, and the sun’s beginning to fade as Teresa Palmer drives home after a long day of meetings, telling us how much she’s looking forward to the evening. She might go out with some friends. “Or,” she muses, “we might stay home, eat some sushi and watch TV.”

Palmer deserves a bit of relaxation. Since scoring her first film lead at 18, she’s been all but knee-deep in work – the 26-year-old appears in three films over the next 12 months alone. It seems nothing can stop her right now. Well, until this happens.

In a blur of sirens, flashing lights and no small amount of confusion, it turns out it’s not just Hollywood whose attention she’s captured. “Sorry – the police are pulling me over,” she gasps.

And then she’s gone.

Thankfully, Palmer’s Lohan Moment is a bit of a disappointment as far as lurid headlines are concerned. (And before you ask, we weren’t to blame – she was on her hands-free.) It’s just a routine stop and, with licence and registration all in order, she’s soon on her way.

“Oh my god, the dramas!” Palmer says, having called us back. “I wasn’t doing anything wrong. They just decided to stop me. And he was totally flirting with me!”

Drama has long been a part of her life. As a child growing up in Adelaide, she was quite the performance and enjoyed nothing more than putting on plays and entertaining friends. But it wasn’t until her teens that she joined an agency and started taking acting more seriously. That was a smart move; when she was 18, a director spotted her agency photo and offered Palmer a starring role in her first film, 2:37. The movie was given a standing ovation when it premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.

“I hadn’t done anything before. I think I had been an extra in a Subway commercial!” she says. “Getting 2:37 kind of changed everything. Then I ended up getting the December Boys, which was really huge for me because Daniel Radcliffe was attached. And everything snowballed from there.”

These days, Palmer certainly has plenty on her plate. Hitting screens next is Wish You Were Here, co-starring none other than GQ Man of the Year Joel Edgerton. Shot on location in Cambodia, it’s the story of a group of friends whose dream holidays quickly goes south when one of them disappears. “We had a very small crew, and the majority of them were locals, so there were a lot of lost-in-translation moments,” she says. “We had lots of fun.”

Then there’s Warm Bodies, a zombie love story (we kid you not) that Palmer has just wrapped with Nicholas Hoult (A Single Man), who plays her love interest, and John Malkovich as her father.

“It’s one of the most romantic scripts I’ve ever read, which is hilarious because you’d never expect that from a a world where there are zombies,” she laughs.

Palmer’s career looks to be heading skyward. But what about off-set? Her main focus, it seems, is staying fit and healthy. “If I’m not being active I just feel really run down and sluggish,” she says. “I’m also really passionate about yoga and I love what it does for me both physically and mentally – it’s a wonderful way to de-stress.”

Yoga? Films with John Malkovich? If it all sounds like Palmer’s gone a bit luvvie, she couldn’t be more grounded.

“I really don’t let my work define who I am,” she says. “I have a really great group of girlfriends and we all just hang out and do regular things.” And with that, she continues to that evening with her friends on the sofa.

After today’s fun and games, we bet they won’t be watching Cops.