Posted on September 24th, 2009 by Frederik

Freshly crowned Emmy winner Toni Collette graces the latest October cover of the Australian InStyle, featuring a stunning new photoshoot and a 9 page article inside. If you get your hands on this and would be able to scan it for Toni Collette Online, please let me know! It would be highly appreciated! :-) Here are some highlights of their exclusive interview with Toni:

Toni on Fashion

I like to feel comfortable! I used to live in vintage clothes, but I rarely buy it now. I don’t have the luxury of rummaging through shops. My favourite city for shopping would have to be LA. I really love it; I also love New York and Paris. It’s so easy and has great variety – and valet parking really helps! As for favourite designers, there’s lots … Dries Van Noten, Martin Margiela, Willow, Isabel Marant, Marnie Skillings, Kirrily Johnston, Marc Jacobs, Sass & Bide. Fashion for me is more about fun.

Toni on LA

I like LA – I didn’t when I first went there. It was a new city and I knew very few people. Now I’ve been going there for a long time, I enjoy it — it’s similar to Sydney in that it’s a really easy way of life. Even though I’m usually so focused on work when I’m there, I do appreciate being in LA — I’ve got great friends there now.

Toni on Exercise

Everyone thinks I do yoga! I’ve dabbled, but I’m really flexible. I need something that hold me together and keeps me stronger: Pilates and gyrotonics [which evolved from yoga]. When I was younger I was so energetic. I swam, I danced, I did Little Athletics. I was out all the time. I still love swimming. I did the ‘Get up at 6am and do butterfly with one arm’ type-of-thing when I was young — I don’t do that kind of swimming anymore. I love to float. I love diving through waves. It’s the most cleansing beautiful thing you can do.

Posted on June 25th, 2009 by Frederik

The Australian Women’s Weekly has an article on Toni in its July issue: Toni Collette has come a long way from her difficult 20s. Today, she is a successful actress with a loving husband and beautiful daughter, who has found her true path, as she tells Michael Sheather. Toni Collette’s smile is practically incandescent. In the grey and shadowy confines of a rooftop office, not far from Sydney’s CBD, Toni, the 36-year-old actress and star of such international hits as Muriel’s Wedding, The Sixth Sense and Little Miss Sunshine, radiates a welcome warmth and brightness on a cold winter’s morning. The full article can be read here.

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by Frederik

The Los Angeles Times’ Envelope dishes on “United States of Tara”‘s future possible victory at the awards circuit, pointing out how award voters welcome these kind of split-personality roles: Looks like United States of Tara” – written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and starring Oscar and Emmy nominee Toni Collette as a woman besieged by multiple personalities – will be a formidable force at the Emmys, Golden Globes and other awards ahead. The parent network of “The United States of Tara,” Showtime, has emerged as a major player at the Emmys and Golden Globes in recent years. Voters of showbiz awards are suckers for these kind of split-personality roles we see in “Tara.” Maybe they feel like they’re getting a real bargain – several performances for the price of one vote? The full article can be read here.

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by Frederik

The following articles comes from the New York Times, and while they’re not exactly in praise for Toni, they give “United States of Tara” a very in-depth review: Even “Diary of a Mad Housewife” never had an entry like this one: the heroine has a husband, two children and four personalities. In Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” Toni Collette (“Muriel’s Wedding,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) plays a woman with dissociative identity disorder, which was once known as multiple personality disorder. The show’s comic conceit is that Tara’s loved ones treat her illness as an unenviable but livable condition — like diabetes — and humor her multiple personalities as old family friends or pesky neighbors. It’s not played entirely for laughs. And that is why Showtime’s new half-hour series labels itself a “dark comedy.” A “light comedy” is a sitcom that finds its cultural collision by plopping an alien or a magical creature into the middle of suburban, middle-class America, like “Mork & Mindy” or “Bewitched.” The full article can be read here.

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by Frederik

The following articles comes from the USA Today and features some nice quotes by Toni about her role in “United States of Tara”: Toni Collette isn’t all that complicated. Sure, she has been nominated for an Oscar (The Sixth Sense) and Golden Globes (Muriel’s Wedding, Little Miss Sunshine). But she’s still basically an actress looking for work. “I’ve never had that kind of idea of where I wanted to go,” she says. “I’ve always been swept off my feet by roles.” That’s exactly what happened with United States of Tara, which premieres Sunday on Showtime. “When I read the script,” she says, “it was like a juicy page-turner that was full of surprises, and it made me laugh out loud. It was very moving, and as soon as I finished reading it, I was like, Yep, I’m doing it.” The full article can be read here.

Posted on January 12th, 2009 by Frederik

Article courtesy The New Yorker: Showtime’s two creepy-guy series, Californication (sex addict) and Dexter (serial killer), finished their seasons in December, making way for a trio of troubled-women shows – a new series and new seasons of two existing series – that begin this Sunday. In the première of “The L Word” ’s sixth and final season, the body of Jenny, a writer whose turn toward lesbianism provided the original story line of the show, is pulled from a swimming pool, and some of her friends are under suspicion; in “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” a young woman in London leads a problematic double life as a regular gal and as a good-time gal; and in the new series, “United States of Tara,” Toni Collette plays a woman with dissociative identity disorder (the term now sanctioned by the American Psychiatric Association for what used to be called multiple personality disorder). The full article can be read here.