Teresa Palmer: Australian Actress, Model, Voice Artist
Teresa Palmer launched Your Zen Mama as a resource for parents to share the joys and challenges of parenting.
Palmer is the mother to two sons, Bodhi Rain and Forest Sage, whom she shares with her husband Mark Webber as well as being his stepmother from his previous relationship with actress Frankie Shaw.
Teresa Palmer’s Biography
Teresa Palmer was born in Adelaide, South Australia to Kevin Palmer and Paula Sanders and spent her early years living between public housing and her father’s farm. Due to her mother’s bipolar disorder, her upbringing was difficult at times. Since 2009 she has been the co-number one ticket holder at Port Adelaide Football Club.
She made her acting debut at 18 in Murali K. Thalluri’s Australian film 2:37 as an 18-year-old student. This movie featured a high school girl who committed suicide, with Elizabeth nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award as Best Actress in a Leading Role. Following this film, Elizabeth went on to appear in several more roles including December Boys and Restraint – two movies that brought recognition from critics and audiences.
In 2013, she made her acting debut in Summit Entertainment’s Warm Bodies, an adaptation of Isaac Marion’s young adult novel Warm Bodies that earned positive reviews and grossed over $116 million worldwide. Later that same year, Palmer appeared in independent Australian drama-thriller Wish You Were Here as well as appearing alongside Liam Hemsworth in Love and Honor – two independent romantic films which both saw widespread release.
She served as the global face of Artistry cosmetics during this period and appeared in many horror and thriller films, such as The Grudge 2, Kill Me Three Times, Cut Bank, and Lights Out. Additionally, she made appearances in action/martial arts movies like Point Break and The Neverland Ranch.
Recently, Palmer can be seen in Mark Webber’s film The Ever After alongside Melissa Leo and Phoebe Tonkin – it portrays marriage and parenting struggles and has received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Palmer has long been an activist for women’s rights and anti-domestic violence efforts. Additionally, she works tirelessly for human and animal rights causes. Palmer currently divides her time between Adelaide Hills and Los Angeles with her family of sons Bodhi Rain, Forest Sage, Poet Lake, and Isaac Moon – who she shares custody.
Teresa Palmer’s Education
Teresa Palmer is an Australian actress with an impressive filmography. Born in Adelaide to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders (former missionary and nurse), Teresa attended Mercedes College where she quickly gained popularity for her practical jokes and humorous comments. After graduation, she found work at Cotton On in Rundle Mall before being discovered on the spot for 2:37 (2006) as her feature film debut and breakthrough role without an audition process!
In 2006, Palmer joined William Morris Agency and quickly began appearing in Hollywood films. She made her Hollywood film debut in Takashi Shimizu’s horror sequel to The Grudge (2004) called The Grudge 2 alongside Sarah Michelle Gellar and Amber Tamblyn. Additionally, Palmer appeared in Kieran Darcy-Smiths independent Australian film Wish You Were Here (premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival), directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith; the comedy short Bear directed by Nash Edgerton was another work she was featured as well as the comedy short Bear by Nash Edgerton – also making several appearances as characters featured players within Funny or Die’s online comedy series Funny or Die’s lineup of comedians!
Palmer first began making waves in acting when she appeared in Bedtime Stories, garnering her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. Following its success, Palmer received more roles – eventually appearing as herself in Take Me Home Tonight (2011).
Palmer made her feature film debut in 2013 in Warm Bodies, an adaptation of Isaac Marion’s young adult novel of the same name, which earned positive reviews from critics and became a box office hit. Two years later she appeared in Hacksaw Ridge alongside Mel Gibson and Domhnall Gleeson and received numerous positive reviews for both movies.
Palmer is both wife and mother. With Mark Webber as her co-writer/actor in The Ever After the film, she founded Your Zen Life health and wellness website and currently resides in Los Angeles with her family; having one child together with Webber as well as being a stepmother to his son previous relationship actress Frankie Shaw.
Teresa Palmer’s Acting Career
Teresa Palmer was born on February 26th, 1986 in Adelaide, South Australia. In 2003 she won an audition called Search for a Movie Star and launched her acting career by dressing up as Strawberry Shortcake and Santa’s Little Helper on weekends for promotions at shopping centers near Adelaide. Later she studied acting, took acting classes, made TV commercials appearances as well as worked at fast food establishments like Hungry Jack’s as an attendant as well as clothing retailers such as Supre, Mambo Australia, and Cotton On.
Murali K. Thalluri cast her in the independent Australian film 2:37 and she won critical acclaim for her performance, along with English actor Stephen Moyer and Calvin Klein model Travis Fimmel. Later that same year, she won her big break in Take Me Home Tonight as Tori Frederking; since then she has also appeared in Berlin Syndrome Lights Out I Am Number Four Warm Bodies among many others.
Palmer has already garnered numerous nominations and one win at such an early age. Additionally, she has appeared on television shows and been featured on magazine covers; while speaking about her difficult upbringing in public housing with a mother suffering from bipolar disorder.
Recently, she appeared in Christian Bale’s 2015 movie Knight of Cups as an extra. Additionally, she has appeared in films such as I Am Number Four, Warm Bodies, and Hacksaw Ridge; additionally, she is working on numerous untitled sci-fi projects with Tahyn Linder directing.
She stated that her awkward teenage years allowed her to relate closely with Becky Barnes, the protagonist in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which allows her to portray the struggle of an eccentric physics genius who falls for an attractive girl while trying to save the world from evil forces.
Teresa Palmer’s Film Debut
In 2010, Teresa Palmer made her film debut in I Am Number Four as an alien refugee forced to seek shelter on Earth after the destruction of her planet. Her character excelled at martial arts, rode a Ducati motorcycle, and could “phase” through solid objects, according to Palmer who underwent extensive stunt training including flips, sword fights, and wirework stunts for this role.
Palmer quickly found success following her debut performance, leading to further acting roles and founding Your Zen Mama, a website dedicated to helping new mothers find inner peace. Through Your Zen Mama, she became known to parents across the nation and discovered a whole new world for herself.
Palmer wasn’t born into wealth; she worked hard at building her career – working at Hungry Jack’s drive-thru and clothing stores before breaking out into Hollywood movies. Even during university, she focused her energy solely on this endeavor.
She first made her acting debut in 2006’s 2:37 film and quickly gained notice for her performance, earning rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Since then she has appeared in the horror flick Deck Dogz as well as its sequel The Grudge 2, as well as playing small parts in December Boys and Restraint movies.
Palmer has been nominated and won multiple awards over her distinguished career, such as FCCA Awards and AFCA nominations, BAFTA nominations, Screen Actors Guild nominations, BAFTA awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Recent roles such as Hacksaw Ridge Warm Bodies Lights Out have further cemented Palmer as one of Hollywood’s premier leading ladies.
Palmer is a wife and mother to two daughters. She advocates for leading a vegan lifestyle and produces skincare products under Lovewell Lifestyle Brand.
Palmer relocated to Los Angeles in 2007 and started auditioning for films. Since then, she has appeared in various films and television shows; most notably she will soon play an integral part in Netflix series A Discovery of Witches that’s simultaneously airing on BBC America and AMC.