February 1st, 2011       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Article courtesy USA Today. Americans know all about the impressive acting chops of Oscar nominees (and past winners) Nicole Kidman and Geoffrey Rush. Which is why fellow Aussie Toni Collette is happy that another countrywoman, 63-year-old supporting actress nominee Jacki Weaver, is getting her due stateside.

She is an Australian legend and no one’s really known her outside Australia, so I’m absolutely thrilled for her,” Collette, 38, tells USA TODAY’s Olivia Barker. “It’s really encouraging for older actors also to know that this can happen at a later stage in your career.

The very pregnant Collette was “bummed” to have missed this year’s Globes. She was up again for the best TV series actress, musical or comedy award for her role on Showtime’s United States of Tara, whose third season premieres March 28 (Collette lost out to Laura Linney). Her bursting belly – she’s due this spring – was only part of the reason for her absence. “I could not foresee myself gathering the energy and getting back on a plane for 14 hours,” says Collette, who already has a daughter, Sage, 3. Her character Tara Gregson, however, won’t be adding to her brood of two: The pregnancy wasn’t written into the show. “It’s just a matter of standing behind large objects,” says Collette, who was about five months along by the time shooting wrapped. And like with many second pregnancies, she started showing sooner. “So I’m stirring lots of large pots in the kitchen and carrying lots of plants and books.” As for the alleged Hollywood baby boom she’s a part of, Collette chalks some of it up to media hype. Still,

Perhaps it is a sign of the time we are living in,” she says. “It used to be common for women to become stay-at-home mums, forced to make a decision between motherhood and the workplace. These days women can actually do it all, so younger female actors are more present in all states of womanhood.




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