THEGUARDIAN.COM – The Bridesmaids actor, 34, on trying to be funny, being Australian and wanting to be Kylie, and the New York experience
I’m not a natural comedian but I try. Bridesmaids was like a breath of fresh air for me as I’d longed to do comedy for a while. I think we all harbour secret ambitions and that was mine – I’d always been limited to being seen as a serious actor. Thankfully, it worked out.
Being Australian is a huge part of my identity. Like most Aussies, I’m an intrepid traveller – being so far away, I think we’re naturally very curious. It makes me sad that fewer people are travelling to Europe because of the economic climate. In my teenage years the Walkabout pubs were booming. They were quite defining of the 90s, and now they’re disappearing.
My first night in New York was one of the most magical nights I’ve lived. I went with my family when I was 18 – my father won a big bet at the races and took us there on impulse, so we stayed uptown at the Mark and it was snowing. It was Christmas Eve and we went to a beautiful pizzeria on Park Avenue where Frank Sinatra music was playing.
I was worried I was going to meet Glenn Close and feel intimidated. Thankfully on the first day of shooting Damages she proved to be ever the joker, blowing up a big picture of Brad Pitt in my dressing room for me. We worked together on Troy, and had shared a naked scene.
I envy confident people. It’s in my nature to be a wallflower – I absolutely hate the idea of arrogance. But I’ve found sometimes having your feet too firmly on the ground can be to your detriment.
Living in New York is lonely and inspiring, fatiguing and enriching. It’s not for everyone, but that’s the nature of the city.
My greatest fear is not being able to say everything I want to say to somebody. But I’m learning to change that.
As a rule, I’m not fantastic with money. As an actor, you go through periods of big jobs and then downtime, so you have to manage things and it depends on your temperament. But I have made one good investment – a house in Hackney. I bought it with my sister 10 years ago and we’ve done well out of it.
I’ve spent much of my life wanting to be Kylie. My dad took me to five of her concerts by the time I was 11, and a few years ago I did a sixth. I find it incredible how she went from being in Neighbours to this huge pop star, from being completely slated by the Australian press to becoming their darling. And she’s a breast cancer survivor, too. To have gone through that and had the courage to talk about it openly is commendable.
My earliest memory is of watching my mum put her hair in a ponytail and being very upset by it. I’m sure there’s some sort of psychological explanation, but to me it felt like I didn’t recognise her and I was being abandoned.
I rarely play characters who are like me. Helen in Bridesmaids was so highly strung, so controlling, I couldn’t possibly relate. Although, of course, I know people like that.
2014 has been pretty disappointing thus far for comedy, but Nicholas Stoller’s Neighbors is looking to change all that. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, then allow us to refresh your memory. Mr. Stoller is the same man who previously brought us side-splitting comedies like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him To The Greek, two of the funniest films of the last decade. This time around, he’s assembled one hell of a cast to lead the way. With Zac Efron, Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Dave Franco all flexing their comedic chops at full strength, the laughs are huge in Neighbors, and they just keep coming.
The film follows Rogen and Byrne as Mac and Kelly Radner, a young couple who have just moved into a new home with their baby daughter. All is peaceful and idyllic in their lives until a frat, led by Efron’s Teddy, moves in next door. In hopes of keeping the peace, so to speak, Mac and Kelly attempt to befriend the young group of boys now living only feet away from them. Their plan works at first, but after the frat parties a bit too hard one night, and Mac is forced to call the cops on them, all hell breaks loose and a war begins between the two households.
Last weekend, the cast of Neighbors arrived in NYC for the film’s press day. While there, we were lucky enough to land an exclusive interview with Rogen, Byrne, Efron, Franco, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jerrod Carmichael, who were all a delight to chat with. They spoke about pushing the envelope with their comedy, crossing boundaries, working with babies on set and much more.
Check it out in the video above and be sure to catch Neighbors when it hits theatres this Friday! We promise that the film will have you in stitches.
The horror pic has a shot at eclipsing the $42.5 million debut of “Hotel Transylvania” to score the top September opening of all time after earning $20 million on Friday — the highest single day gross ever for September.
HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Marking another big win for horror, James Wan’s Insidious 2 topped the Friday box office with roughly $20 million in ticket sales, the highest single day gross ever for the month of September and putting the movie on course to cross $40 million in its North American debut.
From FilmDistrict and costing a mere $5 million to make, Insidious 2 even has a shot at becoming the top September opener of all time. Sony’s Hotel Transylvania (2012) is the current record-holder ($42.5 million). Insidious 2 also may eclipse the $41.9 million opening of New Line’s The Conjuring, which currently boasts the top horror opening of 2013.
Insidious 2, produced by horror masters Jason Blum and Oren Peli, returns Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne in the title roles. It opens more than two years after the original Insidious turned into a sleeper hit, opening to $13.3 million on its way to grossing north of $54 million domestically and $43 million internationally.
Both films were co-financed and co-produced by Blum’s Blumhouse, Entertainment One (Alliance) and IM Global.
From a script by Leigh Whannell, Insidious 2 follows the Lambert family as they seek to understand the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world. Lin Shaye and Ty Simpkins also star.
Executive producers are Steven Schneider, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Charles Layton, Peter Schlessel, Lia Buman and Xavier Marchand.
FilmDistrict is targeting younger moviegoers, focusing on females and Hispanics. It hosted a number of fan events and conducted a grassroots campaign at Comic-Con, among numerous other promotions.
Though Cloud Atlas may not have made the splash many had hoped, Hugo Weaving hasn’t been turned off from ambitious, generation-spanning projects with interconnected stories. The Turning is getting ready to premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival next month, and the omnibus marks the directing debut of on screen talents like Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska and David Wenham along with 14 other filmmakers as they adapt short stories from Tim Winton’s short story collection of the same name. The three also star in the collection of stories along with Rose Byrne, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxburgh and more. The teaser makes the Australian film look just gorgeous.
Hi everyone! My name is DeA and I’m happy to announce that I’m taking the site over and will be bringing you the latest updates and pictures on Rose from now on. I used to run the site for a short while earlier this year and I hope to stick around for a little longer this time.
I won’t be able to make proper updates til the end of this week but check out the first trailer for “Insidious: Chapter 2″ set to open in US and UK theaters September 13, 2013.
To be honest, I wouldn’t call the first movie scary. I found the ‘ghosts’ quite funny-looking but it sure is one of those movies that’d give me shivers and is just plain creepy — which makes it somewhat different. I’m really looking forward to the sequel!
Rose and Simon Baker at the “I Give It A Year” Red Carpet Arrivals – 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival.
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Hey you guys. Sorry for the lack of updates, I have been kinda busy. Here are the pictures os Rose at the 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
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Rose attended the Chanel Pre-Oscar dinner at Madeo Restaurant on February 23 in Los Angeles.
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Rose made a gorgeous photoshoot to promote I Give it a Year:
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