BACKSTAGE – Actors Mark Webber and Teresa Palmer started their collaboration over email. Wrote, produced, and starred in a feature about an entertainment industry marriage. Had a son and got married. Who says independent film is a dead end?
The couple, whose The Ever After had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 12, said the experience was surprisingly conflict-free.
“It was challenging at some points—but in a good way,” Webber told Backstage. “We both really held each other accountable and pushed each other. I think we always do a really good job of communicating with one another.”
They aren’t the first performers to end up married after being in a similar onscreen relationship. But their low-budget independent film, which they partly shot in their Los Angeles home, was more of a labor of love than, say, Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
“Mark really understands the vulnerability you have when you’re on set,” said Palmer, who’s reportedly in line for the female lead in the Point Break remake. “He knew exactly how to direct me in a gentle, beautiful way. It ended up being a really seamless collaboration.”
The Ever After, which the couple made for a budget of around $250,000, opens off with a montage of Thomas (Webber) and Ava (Palmer) going from clubbing to a seaside marriage ceremony. It then cuts to years later when the couple has a daughter and a relationship that’s starting to unravel.
“We wanted to explore what it was like to be a married couple and to bring it on screen and see the peaks and valleys of what that is,” said Palmer, whose character is grappling with being a former actor turned stay-home mom.
“There are some parallels,” she said. “We draw from my own personal experiences of being an actor, but I play a schizophrenic woman and that’s certainly not something I deal with in my everyday life.”
Meanwhile, Joshua Leonard, who has a small, but sinister role in The Ever After, said production center festivals like Tribeca and Los Angeles are still relevant in the digital age.
“Mark [Webber] and I met on the festival circuit. Most of my closest collaborators and comrades I met on the festival circuit,” said Leonard, a famed independent film actor whose career started with The Blair Witch Project.
“I don’t know from a utilitarian, distribution angle, but from a getting out and meeting your audience and meeting your fellow filmmakers [angle], I think it’s a fantastic forum.”
With thanks to the talented Gemma Pranita, I’ve added a beautiful new photoshoot of Teresa taken on the very day she gave birth to her baby boy, Bodhi Rain. Be sure to take a look.
Regaring the site, you are probably wondering what has been going on since there have been no updates since last summer–my deepest apologies for allowing that to happen. Once news slowed down with Teresa I got pretty lazy and simply allowed the site to exist rather than finding other things to update or expand upon. I have quite a few things planned for Teresa Palmer Web and I hope that you’ll stick with me until those changes are completed. Thank you for your patience!
Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots in 2014 > Gemma Pranita
Be sure to take a look at these lovely photos of Teresa taken for Vogue last month as she prepared to walk the red carpet at the CFDA Fashion Awards.
Photoshoots & Portraits > Photoshoots in 2013 > Vogue
I’ve uploaded the first still of Teresa from her upcoming movie Cut Bank to the gallery – and what a gorgeous photo it is! You can also read the synopsis for the film below.
Dwayne McLaren (Liam Hemsworth, Hunger Games), a high school star athlete recently turned auto mechanic, dreams of getting out of tiny Cut Bank, MT – the coldest town in America – and whisking his pageant-hopeful girlfriend, Cassandra (Teresa Palmer), away to the big city. But his plan to do so sets in motion a deadly series of events and thrusts him into a police investigation headed by Sheriff Vogel (John Malkovich), the protector of Cut Bank and the closest thing Dwayne has to a father figure. Panic sweeps across the community in mere hours, but things are not what they seem. Cassandra’s father Big Stan Steeley (Billy Bob Thornton) is the only one who seems to realize this. However, the damage is already done and the events that unfold change Dwayne’s life – and the life of the town – forever.
Movie Productions > Cut Bank (2013) > Stills
I’ve uploaded some gorgeous new photos of Teresa in attendance at last night’s CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Pictured with her is designer Yigal Azrouël, the man behind her striking ensemble. Be sure to take a look!
INDIEWIRE.COM – As you know, there are approximately five thousand actors who have walked onto the set and in front of a camera for Terrence Malick’s next effort “Knight Of Cups,” a drama set against the backdrop of the movie industry, one of two features he’s prepping along with a still untitled flick that takes place amongst the Austin music scene. And one of the talents that got to spend some time with Malick on ‘Cups’ was rising Australian actress Teresa Palmer, who was last seen onscreen in the zombie rom-com “Warm Bodies” and features in the upcoming thriller “Wish You Were Here.” And like many who have collaborated with the press shy filmmaker, she wholeheartedly enjoyed the experience.
Last week, we had the pleasure of chatting with Palmer about ‘Wish’ but of course, had to inquire about her work on Malick’s film. And what started as a schedule that wasn’t supposed to last longer than a day, turned into something much more, with Palmer being utilized to shake up the story and characters in the film.
“I was only supposed to be there for one morning and…they call it ‘torpedo’ when a character in a cast comes and gets thrown into the scene and the other actor doesn’t know that character is going to be put in the scene. That’s just the little experiment they do,” Palmer explained. “So the end of when I was supposed to go home, Terence asked me, ‘What are you doing the rest of the day?’ I was like ‘Nothing, nothing at all.’ And then he was like, ‘Would you like to stay and we’ll make you a torpedo.’ So I ended up torpedoing into these scenes with Christian Bale and then that continued on for the next eight days. So I was brought back and this character became a bigger character and I got to improvise and it was just a funny, sassy character that’s different from a lot of the other characters that I’ve seen in some of Terry’s past films.”
Teresa was in attendance at last night’s Costume Institute Gala, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Looking strikingly gorgeous, Teresa was wearing a Diane von Furstenberg dress, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes, jewelry by Forevermark and completed her look with darkened eyebrows and side braided hair. Red is most definitely her color!
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2013 > ‘PUNK: Chaos To Couture’ Costume Institute Gala
With many thanks to the lovely DeA, we have added two photos of Teresa attending Harry Josh’s Annual Pre-Met Ball Party on Sunday evening. She looked just lovely in an Azzaro jumpsuit, with shoes by Jason Wu and a Barbara Bui clutch to complete her look. Head on over to the gallery to view the photos.
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2013 > Harry Josh’s Annual Pre-Met Ball Party