To celebrate the Aussies representing us on the world stage and the release of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot on May 12, we have created a list of Aussie stars making waves in Hollywood.
From unattainable love interest to absolute sex icon in only a few months, 2013 was a very productive year for Aussie girl Margot Robbie. Beating Olivia Wilde for the part of Jordan Belfort’s second wife in The Wolf of Wall Street, Robbie’s career skyrocketed after the film’s release and she became a well-known name in cinema. She has starred next to the likes of Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling in The Big Short and Will Smith in Focus. There’s no stopping this Aussie bombshell as she has three exciting upcoming roles as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, Jane in The Legend of Tarzan and a British war-correspondent in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot alongside Tina Fey. But let’s not forget that back when Robbie was just a Gold Coast girl, she began her television career by appearing as Donna Freedman on the beloved soap opera Neighbours in 2008.
Australia’s very own Summer Bay heartthrob Steve Peacocke is now one Hollywood hunk now with a few feature films already under his belt. In 2014 Peacocke starred alongside Dwayne Johnson in Hercules as Stephanos with a very fashionable wig; and only weeks after moving his family to Tinseltown, Peacocke landed a role in Me Before You next to Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Hunger Games star Sam Claflin. Peacocke’s next role is in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, next to Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, as a very fit, Kiwi bodyguard. Let’s not forget where this River Boy began. After spending a year as a jackaroo, Stephen “Steve” Peacocke began his television career in 2007 with his role as Zeb Hall on the medical drama All Saints and also charmed Australian homes in his role as Darryl “Brax” Braxton on Home And Away.
Hugh Jackman is one of the most well-known Aussie names in Hollywood with his metal mitts in everything from superhero films to romance. Jackman is known for his role as the bad tempered Wolverine in the X-Men films and has won himself Saturn and People’s Choice Awards as well as a shiny star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. He showed his tender side and powerful singing voice in the stunning Les Misérables for which he won a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. Pretty impressive right? Well, he wouldn’t be anywhere without his beginnings on Blue Heelers and the stage musical of Beauty and the Beast.
Cate Blanchett is a stunning actress who has worked with the likes of director Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese and has more than a few awards on the shelf. Known for both her performances on the stage and on the screen, most audiences would recognise her in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogy, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Cinderella. During her 27 years as an actress, Blanchett she has won two Academy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and three British Academy Awards. Feeling under-accomplished? Don’t worry, Blanchett had awkward phases like all of us and shaved her head as a teenage goth.
While everyone was being awkward and wearing all the wrong things during the 90s and early 00s, Nicole Kidman was working it in her most notable films. Featuring in the likes of Moulin Rouge!, The Hours, The Others and Eyes Wide Shut, Kidman is our red-headed treasure. She has an upcoming film Lion starring alongside Rooney Mara, Dev Patel and Aussie David Wenham. But why did Kidman run away to the US and leave Australia behind? Our best guess is her short-lived singing career with Robbie Williams and appearances on A Country Practice.
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