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Rose Byrne –


About Rose Byrne (1979 – )

Mary Rose Byrne was born in Balmain, a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, and is of Irish and Scottish descent. She is the daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher. She is the youngest of their four children; she has an older brother, George, and two older sisters, Alice and Lucy. In a 2009 interview, Byrne stated that her mother is an atheist, while both she and her father are agnostics.

Byrne attended Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School before attending Bradfield College in Crows Nest. She later moved to Newtown and Bondi. She began taking acting classes at age eight, joining the Australian Theatre for Young People and later attended the University of Sydney. In 1999, Byrne studied acting at the Atlantic Theatre Company, which was developed by David Mamet and William H. Macy.

Byrne was cast in her first film role, Dallas Doll, when she was 15 years old. She has appeared in several Australian television shows, such as Heartbreak High and Echo Point, and the film Two Hands with Heath Ledger. She appeared in The Date, My Mother Frank, and Clara Law's The Goddess of 1967, the last of which gained her the Volpi Cup for "Best Actress" at the 2000 Venice Film Festival. Byrne revealed in a post-award interview that, prior to winning the Venice Film Festival award, she was surprised by her own performance and found it confronting watching the film because her acting was "too depressing". Byrne admitted that "watching myself is confronting because I'm convinced I can't act and I want to get out, that's how insecure I am."

Byrne appeared as a guest in an episode of the police drama series Murder Call. On stage, she played a lead role in La Dispute and in a production of Anton Chekhov's classic Three Sisters at the Sydney Theatre Company.

In 2002, Byrne made her first appearance in a Hollywood film with a small role as Dormé, the handmaiden to Natalie Portman's Senator Padmé Amidala, in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. She appeared the same year in City of Ghosts with Matt Dillon. The year previously she had flown to the UK to shoot I Capture the Castle, Tim Fywell's adaptation of the 1948 novel of the same title by Dodie Smith. In the 2003 release, she portrayed Rose Mortmain, the elder sister of Romola Garai's Cassandra. In 2003, she starred in three Australian films: The Night We Called It a Day with Melanie Griffith and Dennis Hopper; The Rage in Placid Lake for which she was named Best Actress at the Australian Film Institute; and Take Away, another comedy.

In 2004, Byrne starred as Briseis in Wolfgang Petersen's epic Troy. She then reunited with Peter O'Toole in the BBC TV drama Casanova. Byrne appeared with Snoop Dogg in Danny Green's film The Tenants, based on Bernard Malamud's novel, and starred as Alex with Josh Hartnett and Diane Kruger in the romantic psychological thriller Wicker Park.

In 2006, Byrne portrayed Gabrielle de Polastron, duchesse de Polignac, a French aristocrat and friend of Marie Antoinette, in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, with Kirsten Dunst, and appeared in The Dead Girl, directed by Karen Moncrieff.

In 2007, she played Cassie, the pilot in Danny Boyle's science fiction suspense film Sunshine; followed by Scarlett Ross, an army medical officer in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's science fiction horror 28 Weeks Later, the sequel to Boyle's 28 Days Later; then appeared in the independent film Just Buried, a Canadian dark comedy written and directed by Chaz Thorne.

From 2007, Byrne starred as Ellen Parsons in the FX drama production Damages, which ran for five seasons. She appeared in the Australian film noir The Tender Hook with Hugo Weaving.

In 2009, Byrne co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the science fiction thriller Knowing. Later that year, she appeared in the indie film Adam, with Hugh Dancy. She appeared in the 2010 comedy film Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand and Jonah Hill, and she was co-lead in the James Wan horror film Insidious, which premiered in September 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival and received a wide theatrical release on 1 April 2011.

Byrne also starred in the Kristen Wiig comedy Bridesmaids, released on 13 May 2011. She played Moira MacTaggert in the X-Men spin-off X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn. The movie opened 3 June 2011.

In 2013, Byrne appeared in the crime drama The Place Beyond the Pines, with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, and appeared in the comedy, The Internship, opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson; and The Turning, a short film installment in a Tim Winton omnibus feature. Byrne also played the newlywed wife in I Give It a Year, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of a couple during their first year of marriage.

Byrne worked again with fellow Australians James Wan and Leigh Whannell for the sequel to Insidious (the original film grossed US$97 million after a production budget of US$1.5 million was invested by Wan and Whannell). Insidious: Chapter 2 was released on Friday, 13 September 2013, and also featured actors Patrick Wilson and Lin Shaye. The film received mixed reviews from critics and became the biggest opening day in US box office history for the month of September following its release. Insidious: Chapter 2 was a financial success grossing over US$160 million against a budget of US$5 million.

In 2014, Byrne starred in the comedy film Neighbors, alongside Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The film received positive reviews and went on to become a box office success. A remake of the 1982 classic, Annie, featured Byrne playing the role of Grace Farrell, Mr. Stack's colleague. Despite that film being badly received by critics, Byrne's performance was mostly praised with reviewers calling her the surprise highlight of the movie. It was later announced that Byrne will be reprising her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.

Rose Byrne was in a relationship with Australian writer, director and actor Brendan Cowell for over six years. Cowell moved from Sydney to New York City, following Byrne's success on Damages. The relationship ended in January 2010.

In 2012, Byrne began dating actor Bobby Cannavale. Cannavale confirmed their relationship at the 2013 Emmy Awards ceremony during his acceptance speech for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award, saying "And I want to thank the love of my life, Rose ." In October 2015, it was announced that Byrne and Cannavale were expecting their first child.

Byrne lives in New York and has said of this stage in her life that she remains insecure about a stable career, saying, "I don't think that ever leaves you. You're a freelancer. There's always an element of uncertainty."

Rose Byrne's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1994 Dallas Doll Rastus Sommers
1999 Two Hands Alex
1999 The Date Sophie
2000 My Mother Frank Jenny
2000 The Goddess of 1967 BG
2001 The Pitch Girl
2002 Star Wars Episode II:
Attack of the Clones
2002 City of Ghosts Sabrina
2003 I Capture the Castle Rose Mortmain
2003 The Night We Called It a Day Audrey Appleby
2003 The Rage in Placid Lake Gemma Taylor
2003 Take Away Sonja Stilano
2004 Troy Briseis
2004 Wicker Park Alex Denver
2005 The Tenants Irene Bell
2006 Marie Antoinette Yolande de Polastron
2006 The Dead Girl Leah
2007 Sunshine Cassie
2007 28 Weeks Later Major Scarlet Levy
2008 Just Buried Roberta Knickle
2008 The Tender Hook Iris
2009 Knowing Diana Wayland
2009 Adam Beth Buchwald
2010 I Love You Too Drunk Passenger
2010 Get Him to the Greek Jackie Q
2011 Insidious Renai Lambert
2011 Bridesmaids Helen Harris III
2011 X-Men: First Class Moira MacTaggert
2012 The Place Beyond the Pines Jennifer
2013 I Give It a Year Nat
2013 The Internship Dana
2013 The Turning Raelene
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 Renai Lambert
2014 Neighbors Kelly Radner
2014 Adult Beginners Justine
2014 This Is Where I Leave You Penny
2014 Annie Grace Farrell
2014 Unity Narrator
2015 Spy Rayna Boyanov
2016 X-Men: Apocalypse Moira MacTaggert
2016 The Meddler

Rose Byrne's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1995 Echo Point Belinda O Conor
1997 Fallen Angels Siobhan
1997 Wildside Heidi Benson
1999 Big Sky Angie
1999 Heartbreak High Carly Whitely
2000 Murder Call Sarah Watson
2005 Casanova Edith
Damages Ellen Parsons
2013 Portlandia Fred's date
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself

Memorable Quotes by Rose Byrne

“That was easy, I just stood by Natalie Portman looking very serious. - On her role in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.”

“I guess you can get to a level where you choose. I guess when you reach that point maybe you start making decisions about whether you want to be a leading man or woman. I'm not at that point at all. Where I am now, you're very much at everybody else's mercy. You have no control over your career in a lot of ways. It's just important to know what your own goals are, because that's empowering.”

“I'm probably in that next group of actors they call if Scarlett (Johansson) or Keira (Knightley) turns down a part. But I feel really lucky. To be a working actor is pretty incredible, because 99 per cent of actors are out of work. I know a lot of talented people who are better actors than me but haven't had a break. It's all down to timing and luck.”

“Here in L.A. the standard of beauty is kind of ridiculous. I want to be doing this when I'm in my fifties and sixties and this isn't what I'm going to look like.”

“They think I'm depressed because I look serious in photos. It's usually because I'm just nervous. But I've stopped dressing for other people. If I think I look good, that's the most important thing.”

“Australia is my emotional home, but New York is my second home. I feel like myself in the city, and that's all you want from a place. It's an achievement to have found that. But we Australians are wandering people, aren't we?”

Things You May Not Know About Rose Byrne

She and her Marie Antoinette (2006) director, Sofia Coppola, have both played handmaidens in the Star Wars prequels. Sofia Coppola appeared in Episode I, Byrne in Episode II.

Her hobbies include yoga, swimming, bicycle riding, crosswords, and reading.

Favorite actresses include Susan Sarandon, Toni Collette, Cate Blanchett, Glenn Close, Juliette Binoche and Judy Davis.

In 2013, she became a hot commodity during casting season. She attracted virtually every female lead role for several TV pilots, including offers from the networks ABC, NBC and CBS.

Favorite actor is Jack Nicholson.

Rose Byrne in 28 Weeks Later (2007)...
Top picture in fatigues on right.
Adult Beginners (2014)... with Bobby Cannavale and Nick Kroll.
Byrne in Annie (2014)... bottom picture
with Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhane Wallis.
Byrne as Ellen Parsons in Damages (2007-2012).
Byrne in Get Him to the Greek (2010).
In I Capture the Castle (2003).
In I Give It a Year (2013)...
Middle picture with Simon Baker
Byrne in Insidious (2011)...
Bottom picture with Patrick Wilson.
In Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013).
As Roberta Knickle in Just Buried (2008).
Byrne in Knowing (2009)...
Top picture with Nicolas Cage.
Byrne in Neighbors (2014)... Top picture with Seth Rogen.
Byrne in Spy (2015).
Byrne with Natalie Portman in Star Wars, Episode 2:
Attack of the Clones (2002).
In Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller Sunshine (2007).
Byrne in The Goddess of 1967 (2000).
As Dana in The Internship (2013).
Glamorous in The Tender Hook (2008).
Byrne in This Is Where I Leave You (2014).
Byrne as Briseis in Troy (2004).
In Wicker Park (2004).
Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class (2011).