February 23rd, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Those doors would never be opening now were it not for Muriel’s Wedding,” Toni Collette says in an interview with Stellar. The Blacktown-born star said that she still gets stopped in the street by fans of the film who say ‘you’re terrible Muriel’, more than two decades after it first hit the big screen. She said that playing the repressed, underdog character who became the unlikely heroine changed her life. ‘It’s pretty incredible that a film has stayed with people on such a deep level,’ she said. Reminiscing her early days film the 1994 hit, she said she enjoyed the process of making the film without contemplating what would happen next. From there Toni had a succession of roles that catapulted her into international recognition with films such as The Sixth Sense, In Her Shoes, and Little Miss Sunshine. In late 2015, she returned to Australia to film Jasper Jones in Pemberton, WA. The coming-of-age movie sees the actress play the mother of a young boy from a small mining town who finds himself in a moral dilemma in 1960s Australia, which is set for release in March. The full interview can be read over at the Daily Telegraph’s Stellar website.

  February 9th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

sbjctjournal has posted a wonderful interview with Toni Collette featuring an AMAAAZING new photoshoot. Head over to their site to read the full article. Award-winning actress Toni Collette arrives straight from Canada, where she just wrapped up one film. She’s got two premiering at Sundance, and a third coming out in March. But the stereotype of egocentric Hollywood actress-on-the-go doesn’t quite fit this thoughtful, quirky soul. Toni is someone who is deeply aware of her relationship to nature, humanity, and to the planet itself. She talks to sbjct about the fact that nobody exists in a bubble; we are all connected, and we are all part of the human collective.

I think we’re all living at such a pace that just creates ignorance. I think until you have some space and some time and some silence, you don’t actually absorb the context of your life. And if you start to look at your existence, and you start to look at the world and the imbalance of the types of lives being lived and the types of experiences being had, you can’t help but want to help other people. I think it’s awareness. And I think we live in a time and in a society that is driven by things that really are not a priority, and the things that are important are often overlooked, and once you connect with those, it will ultimately give you a much richer life. And a deeper appreciation of what you have.

  September 25th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Have a look at these wonderful new pictures of Toni in the current Edit magazine issue – it might be the last time in a while to see Toni with hair! According to their exclusive interview, Toni shaves her head for the upcoming “Miss You Already”, which she is currently shooting with Drew Barrymore in London. And is determined to shed pounds from her already petite frame in order to manifest into the role of Barrymore’s terminally ill best friend. Scans from the magazine can be found in the photo gallery.

  March 30th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The Washington Post has a great interview with Toni Collette. In Will Eno’s Broadway play, “The Realistic Joneses,” opening April 6 at the Lyceum Theater, Toni Collette plays Jennifer Jones, a woman whose laconic husband (Tracy Letts) has a rare terminal illness. When her new neighbors, also called the Joneses (played by Michael C. Hall and Marisa Tomei) show up, the four characters start interacting in all sorts of weird ways. Mr. Hall’s character can’t seem to stop talking – he says all the things most people tend to keep to themselves; Ms. Tomei’s is an emotional mess; and Ms. Collette’s Jennifer has the difficult task of keeping it together when everyone around her starts to lose it. Ms. Collette, who became a worldwide star 20 years ago as the adorable star of ‘Muriel’s Wedding,’ has gone on to play everything from a schizophrenic mom in “United States of Tara” and an unhappily married yuppie in last year’s “Enough Said” to the mother of a child pageant star in “Little Miss Sunshine.” The complete interview can be read here.

  March 16th, 2014       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The Telegraph has published a nice interview with Toni Collette for the UK release of “A Long Way Down”. They also talk about her early career and the current filming of “Glassland”. Twenty years ago, when Toni Collette was 21 years old, she got on a plane to France to watch her new film, Muriel’s Wedding, for the first time. “I turned up at the Cannes Film Festival, which is madness itself,” she says, “and I sat there in an auditorium with a few thousand people, and it was the most intense response. I mean, very, very positive and very vocal and very focused on me.” She laughs. “They pulled us all up onto the stage afterwards, and I thought it would be maybe one minute, but we were standing there for… ever. It was like 15 minutes of people clapping and cheering and hooting.” How did she feel, I ask? “Uncomfortable!” she says. “I was elated but I was also very jet-lagged, and it was just surreal. It was strange… and wonderful.” The first time most of the world noticed Toni Collette she was playing Muriel Heslop, a gauche, Abba-loving ugly duckling desperate to escape the suburban hell of Porpoise Spit, Queensland. People still come up and talk to her about Muriel “all the time”, she says. “It’s been used in schools and therapy, because it’s got so many different elements you can tap into.” The complete interview can be read here.

  September 15th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

A new interview with Toni Collette and Dylan McDermott has been published by Parade Magazine. n this “limited event” series of Hostages (it will air 15 episodes consecutively, no repeats), a surgeon (Toni Collette) slated to operate on the president is taken hostage along with her family and told to kill him during the procedure. The head bad guy? None other than an FBI agent played by Dylan McDermott. Hostages, which is one of Parade‘s picks for fall’s top 10 new shows), premieres on Sept. 23 on CBS.

Toni, will your character be revealed to be not as morally upstanding as she seems in the first episode?
Collette: Nobody is [what they seem], and that’s one of the things that drew me to this. All the characters are very real and complex. The intense amount of pressure that this family is put under is a very negative situation, obviously, but something very positive comes out of it for [my character].

The complete article can be read at Parade’s official website.

  September 12th, 2013       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Article courtesy Metro News Canada: Toni Collette says she feels somewhat disheartened by the male-dominated world of filmmaking and is pleased about the group of women driving her new feature, “Lucky Them.” Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie – about a journalist trying to track down a former musician-boyfriend in order to pen an article on him – boasts a female screenwriter (Emily Wachtel), director (Megan Griffiths) and executive producer (Joanne Woodward). “I don’t want to be sexist commenting on it, but you know I have to say I’m getting to a point where I am frustrated by the male dominance in this industry, so (this team) was a good thing, and is a good thing and there should be more women doing it,” Collette said in an interview. “I think we’re all pretty proud to have worked on something so female-oriented – not that it’s just for women, this movie. … All the right people came together.” “Lucky Them” features Collette as troubled Seattle music critic Ellie Klug, who is under pressure from her boss (Oliver Platt) to land a big story. In her quest to find her former flame, she’s joined by Charlie, an eccentric aspiring documentary maker (played with aplomb by Thomas Haden Church). The complete article can be read here.

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