Teresa Palmer gave to The Daily Telegraph an interesting interview about ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, her role Number Six in ‘I Am Number Four’ and no sequel for this one.
“I have made my peace with letting that opportunity go,” said the LA-based actress in Sydney today. After several false starts, the fourth film in George Miller’s post-apocalyptic franchise finally started filming in Namibia in February, with Tom Hardy in the iconic role, and Charlize Theron as his co-star. By that time, Palmer, who was attached to the project in an earlier incarnation, had already travelled some distance down an alternative route. When rain delayed production by turning Australia’s Outback into a lush green oasis, she accepted another plum, action girl role – in the teen sci-fi thriller I Am Number Four – instead.“It was a great role for me,” Palmer says of superalien Six. “I loved the physical challenge. I got supremely fit. She was so empowering and sassy, enigmatic. I never thought I would, but I really embraced that genre.” Sadly, a planned sequel failed to get off the ground. “It was really disappointing because I poured my heart into that character and I was so excited by the sequel – The Power Of Six – in which I had so much more to do,” she says. But even though a break in her schedule means Palmer would have been available to shoot Fury Road after all, she is fatalistic about her choices. “The character I was to play in Fury Road is very similar to Six in a way, so I feel like I have played her before.”
Palmer’s most recent project is a world apart from either of those two films. The 26-year-old actress was in town for the Australian premiere of the new, low-budget thriller Wish You Were Here, starring Joel Edgerton and Felicity Price (who co-wrote the screenplay with husband Kieran Darcy-Smith.). Palmer plays Price’s sister in the film, about two couples who travel to Cambodia together for a holiday. In his directorial debut, Darcy-Smith focusses on the aftermath of what happens when one of the party disappears.