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Adelaide girl’s Hollywood star is rising (sarah michelle gellar mention)

Monday 29 May 2006, by Webmaster

Adelaide’s Teresa Palmer is about to begin production on her fifth film but the 20-year-old actor says she’s trying not to buy into her own hype.

Palmer appears to have come from nowhere to secure some major Hollywood gigs, most recently signing a three picture deal with Twentieth Century Fox for Doug Liman’s Jumper trilogy.

"Right now I just feel so lucky that I have a job and I am flattered that people are saying nice things about me," said Palmer in Cannes, where her first feature 2:37 premiered at the city’s annual international film festival.

"But I am trying not to listen to the hype or listen to my own media because you can’t go through it like that."

Just 12 months ago Palmer was working as a shop assistant in a clothing store in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall.

She’s now travelling the world first class and last week bought her mum a house in Adelaide.

"I was earning like $100 a week a year ago," said Palmer, who dates Port Adelaide AFL player Stuart Dew.

"So this is money I never expected I would earn. I just did my first US movie and I was able to buy a house for Mum. It is decked out with new furniture and she has a new wardrobe - I am so excited that I was able to do that for her."

Palmer got her first acting role with 2:37 and since then, she’s made December Boys with Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, and The Grudge 2 with Sarah Michelle Gellar.

They’re all to be released in Australia in the next six months.

And she begins production on Jumper in Toronto on Monday, co-starring alongside Jamie Bell and Tom Sturridge.

Palmer’s also signed to American manager David Seltzer, who looks after the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Dunst, Jake Gyllenhaal and Australia’s Miranda Otto.

In 2:37, Palmer plays one of six high school students struggling to deal with the pressures of life, confronted by the suicide of a class mate.

It also stars Sam Harris, Joel Mackenzie, Charles Baird, Frank Sweet and Marni Spillane.

"I didn’t fit in at school at all," said Palmer, who this week did a photo shoot with America’s Vanity Fair magazine as one of Australia’s hottest new talents.

"I had a very religious mum and everyone used to give me a bit."

The film is the directorial debut of Adelaide’s Murali Thalluri, screening in the Cannes International Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard program.

The premiere received a standing ovation for more than 20 minutes and is being talked about as a favourite to take out the festival’s Camera d’Or prize, which will be awarded at the festival’s closing ceremony on Sunday night.