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She is an only child and her parents divorced when she was three years old. Her father later remarried, giving Teresa two half-sisters and two stepbrothers.
Growing up, Teresa Palmer had pet kangaroos and said she lived in government housing. She made pocket money by dressing up as Strawberry Shortcake at a local mall. She said, I came from rather humble beginnings. Still, I was really happy (interviewmagazine.com).
Teresa Palmer recalled her best childhood memory: Every weekend when I was around 9 years old my best friend and I would have a sleepover on Friday night after school, go to horse riding lessons on Saturday and then stay up and watch Unsolved Mysteries movies whilst eating pickelets (Marie Claire).
Teresa was named after Mother Teresa. Her mother had manic depression.
As a girl, Teresa attended Mercedes College. She took acting classes and landed a few TV commercials. After she graduated from high school, at the age of 18, she landed on the student film 2:37. Teresa dropped out of school to work on the film.
Teresa said, I had never acted in my life. I was just thrown in the deep end. I had to play a rape victim whos pregnant with my brothers babywe had no idea what it was going to look like, or that, especially, that it would have its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Other roles followed, including parts in Restraint, December Boys, The Grudge 2, Take Me Home Tonight, The Sorcerers Apprentice and I Am Number Four, among others. For her role in I Am Number Four, she trained for three months, four hours a day, six days a week to learn sword work, flips and wire work. Teresa Palmer added, That was the most grueling shoot Ive ever doneits quite far removed from who I am. Im very bouncy and bubbly and positive.
She is sometimes confused with Kristin Stewart.
Teresa Palmer stays in shape by eating healthy food. I used to be obsessed with Burger Kinga while ago I found that I was feeling quite sluggish and so I decided to eliminate processed foods and all of a sudden I felt amazing. Ive been feeling great ever since I cut out all the bad stuff in my diet (myjellybean.com).
Her best lesson shes learned the hard way is not to talk about her private life in the media.
According to her Twitter, she splits her time between Los Angeles and Adelaide.