Posted on April 3rd, 2014 by Frederik

Toni Collette, has joined the international humanitarian organization, Concern Worldwide, as its first official Global Ambassador.

I am deeply honored to join Concern as their first Global Ambassador,” says Ms. Collette. “I know I am becoming part of a global team of men and women committed to transforming care and empathy into real, direct and effective action that creates lasting change in the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

As a Global Ambassador, Ms. Collette will work to shine a light on the challenges facing those impacted by poverty, war, conflict, and natural disaster. In this role, Ms. Collette will travel to Concern’s program areas, which include 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Caribbean, to bring much-needed attention to the conditions of those living in extreme poverty and in emergency and conflict environments. “We’re so grateful that Toni has agreed to make Concern Worldwide her chosen cause because we know that she can have a transformative impact on our work,” says Dr. Joseph Cahalan, CEO of Concern Worldwide U.S., the organization’s affiliate headquartered in New York City. “Toni has a rare ability to translate concern into action, having helped us reach countless new friends and donors as part of our Concern Gifts program in the last two years. Now, as our ambassador, she can help us reach millions more and strengthen our effort to change the lives of the world’s poorest people.” In 2012, Ms. Collette lent her celebrity to Concern’s global campaign to fight malnutrition and hunger and later to a holiday appeal to make a difference to families across the world through gifts such as livestock, clean water, and health care. Together, the campaigns raised money that helped Concern fight poverty, hunger, and disease, and ultimately save lives.

Posted on January 11th, 2014 by Frederik

There’s a new job for Toni (which has already been wrapped) to release cinemas in 2014. She co-srars alongside Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Allison Janney and Kathy Bates in Ben Falcone’s “Tammy”. The story revolves around a small-town woman, Tammy (McCarthy), whose life falls apart after she is fired from her burger-joint job and then comes home to find her sleazy husband in bed with another woman. She wants to hit the road, but her car has broken down. “She kind of loses every reason to be tethered to this town and she wants out,” says McCarthy. “She doesn’t exactly know where to go. But she doesn’t want to be there. The only way out is with her grandmother, whom she’s not particularly fond of.” The grandmother, Pearl, is played by Sarandon, who McCarthy says is part of the “bionic cast” that Falcone helped assemble including Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Dan Aykroyd and Toni Collette – who’s most probably playing the best friend role. Falcone and McCarthy made comedy magic in the hilarious air marshal scene from the 2011 box office smash Bridesmaids. In Tammy, the two tango when Falcone makes an appearance as her terrible boss. “Tammy” hits US theaters July 2.

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by Frederik

Glassland is the second feature from Irish director Gerard Barrett, who made this year’s drama Pilgrim Hill. He starts shooting on the new film January 8 with Toni Collette, Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age Of Extinction), Will Poulter (We’re The Millers) and Michael Smiley (A Field In England) aboard. The Dublin-set story follows a young taxi driver (Reynor) who gets tangled up in the world of human trafficking while trying to save his mother (Collette) from addiction. Barrett wrote the screenplay. Ed Guiney and Juliette Bonass are producing for Ireland’s Element Pictures in association with Nine Entertainment. Element’s Andrew Lowe is exec producer. Up-and-comer Reynor is returning to his roots with Glassland. The actor got a ringing endorsement from Michael Bay last January when he tapped the Irish thesp for the new Transformers. At the time, Bay wrote on his website, “I just hired a great new actor for Transformers 4 to star against Mark Wahlberg. Jack Reynor, he is an Irish kid that came to America with 30 bucks in his pocket. Pretty ballsy. Seriously who does that? Anyway I spotted him in a great little Irish movie What Richard Did. This kid is the real deal.”

Posted on September 23rd, 2012 by Frederik

In this recently released Public Service Announcement, Toni Collette raises awareness for Concern Worldwide. “The world produces enough food for everyone. Yet, every six seconds a child dies from hunger. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can help make hunger history. Join our movement and raise money to fight hunger in 25 of the world’s poorest countries”. More information can be found at their official website and their Facebook page.
Posted on May 22nd, 2011 by Frederik

The distinguished Australian actor Bill Hunter, best known for his roles in films such as Strictly Ballroom and Muriel’s Wedding – playing Toni Collette’s father – has died the age of 71. During an acting career lasting more than five decades, Hunter had parts in more than sixty films, developing a reputation for portraying irascible and outspoken characters. When news of his deteriorating condition emerged last week, a cavalcade of prominent figures in the Australian film and television industries lined up with messages of support, including this quote from Toni Collette:

Bill may come across as a gruff bloke but he has poetry in his blood and a sweet heart. I am so lucky to have worked with him in the early days of my career. I am sending love, hope and peace to Bill and his family.

Posted on April 25th, 2011 by Frederik

Congratulations! News are coming from People Magazine: It’s a boy for Toni Collette! The star of Showtime’s The United States of Tara and her husband David Galafassi’s son was born on Friday in Australia, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. “Toni Collette, her husband David Galafassi and their daughter Sage Galafassi are excited and proud to announce the arrival of their baby boy, Arlo Robert Galafassi,” the rep says. “He was born on Good Friday making it the greatest Friday, indeed!” the couple said in a statement. Collette was understandably absent from Saturday’s premiere of her new movie Jesus Henry Christ at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Saturday. “She is doing well,” the film’s director Dennis Lee told PEOPLE on the red carpet. Julia Roberts is the executive producer of Jesus Henry Christ, which tells the story of a child genius who was conceived in a petri-dish and is determined to find his biological father. Collette married musician Galafassi in 2003. Their daughter Sage is 3.