Cracking it in Hollywood is difficult for any up and coming actor, especially those who are from foreign lands. But the entertainment’s evolution is moving faster, and a lot of big movie starts today are actually from the Land Down Under. Here are some of them.
Hollywood first saw Kidman on the Australian film “Dead Calm” in 1989. From then on, the tall, gorgeous redhead starred in several Hollywood films. She was also married to another big movie star, Tom Cruise. As time went by, Kidman started to make a name for herself. She won an Oscar in 2002 for her performance in “The Hours” as Virginia Woolf.
Here’s a fun fact about her. She’s the only Oscar winner to portray another Oscar winner. Blanchett, whose other memorable roles include Queen Elizabeth and Lady Galadriel, an elf queen from the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, played multiple Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.” She bagged the Best Supporting Actress from the Academy Award for her portrayal of Hepburn and won as Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.” She also has an impressive theater work under her name.
Watts, who was born in England and grew up in Australia, gained prominence among film critics for her powerful love scenes with another actress Laura Harding for the movie “Mulholland Dr.” directed by David Lynch. Watts has starred in numerous films and has been nominated for the films “21 Grams” and “Lo imposible” for Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress respectively in the Academy Awards.
Jackman is a triple threat. He can sing, dance and act. Considered to be one of the most versatile actors today, Jackman is at home performing on Broadway as he is on a motion picture set. He is best known as Wolverine in the “X-Men” movie franchise and has even starred in his own spin-off “Wolverine” movies.
Ledger started out as teen actor with films like “10 Things I Hate About You.” However, the actor moved on from it and started working out on more serious materials. One of his most memorable performances was Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” where he played a cowboy in love with another man. But it was the near perfect portrayal of Batman’s archenemy, Joker, in “The Dark Knight” that got critics buzzing. Ledger’s untimely passing was due to acute intoxication.
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