Posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Frederik

In March 2010, Toni Collette graced the cover the UK Psychologies magazine, with a very insightful interview and great pictures featured inside. Many thanks to Adrienne for contributing scans from this magazine to Toni Collette Online, very appreciated!

Posted on December 6th, 2014 by Frederik

Here’s an article from the Sydney Morning Herald published last month for the Australian release of “A Long Way Down”. Toni Collette has never been afraid to transform herself for a role – she was launched onto the world stage, after all, as a chunky version of herself in Muriel’s Wedding – but as Maureen in A Long Way Down, which screens as part of the British Film Festival now touring the country, she seems almost to have shrunk inside her frumpy cardigan. The film was launched at the Berlin Film Festival, which is where we speak. The day after it debuts Collette is back up on the screen again in another film, the small American independent Lucky Them, playing a hipster rock journalist. In real life, she thrives on living out of a suitcase and is a big believer in embracing change. “If you try to put the brake on,” she says, “it’s all going to go to shit.” A somewhat less bumpy version of this message pervades A Long Way Down, which is adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel about four very disparate people who meet on a London rooftop one New Year’s Eve. They have all come to commit suicide. Each has his or her reason, but Maureen’s is the most poignant: she has a severely disabled son who would get much better care, she believes, if she were not there to look after him. Maureen is also isolated, friendless, overworked and terribly tired, a situation that starts to ease a little when the four would-be suicides form an unlikely gang. The full article can be read here.

Posted on September 25th, 2014 by Frederik

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.

Posted on March 30th, 2014 by Frederik

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.

Posted on March 16th, 2014 by Frederik

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.

Posted on September 15th, 2013 by Frederik

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.