Teresa Palmer is an Australian actress and model who first gained attention for her role in the 2006 film “2:37”. Since then, she has appeared in several Hollywood films such as “Warm Bodies”, “Lights Out”, and
“Hacksaw Ridge”. In addition to her acting career, Palmer is also known for her work as an environmental activist. She is a member of the Australian Conservation Foundation and is actively involved in raising awareness about environmental issues. Palmer has also been vocal about her struggles with anxiety and has used her platform to advocate for mental health awareness. Overall, Teresa Palmer is a talented actress and a dedicated activist who uses her influence for good causes.
Palmer was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, the only child of Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former nurse and missionary.
Her parents separated when she was three, and divorced in 1992 when she was six. She has a stepmother, Kaaren Palmer, as well as two half-sisters and two stepbrothers, who lived with her father. Palmer stated to Interview that she “came from rather humble beginnings”; she lived in public housing with her mother, while regularly visiting her father at his farm near Mylor in the Adelaide Hills (which she later purchased as an adult).Palmer was named after Mother Teresa by her mother, and has stated that she had a “tough upbringing” due to her mother’s manic depression.
Palmer was a student at Mercedes College, a private Catholic day school, and won a local-casting audition, “Search for a Movie Star”, in 2003. Her first acting job was dressing up as a Strawberry Shortcake doll and as an elf assistant to mall Santa Clauses on weekends for promotions in shopping centres near Adelaide. Palmer went to acting classes for a couple of years and appeared in several television commercials. She was a fast-food attendant at Hungry Jack’s in Rundle Mall in 2005, before working at clothing retailers Supré, Mambo Australia and Cotton On.
After graduating from high school, Palmer thought that she would work in an animal rescue service, and eventually open her own animal welfare agency. She was accepted into a university to study teaching and was taking a course on journalism, but had always dreamt of acting. She got a call from an agent about appearing in a student film, 2:37. The director had seen her head shot on the acting agency’s website and wanted her to be in the movie. Palmer dropped out of the university to work on the film.
Palmer began dating actor and director Mark Webber in late 2012 after contacting him via Twitter. They became engaged in August 2013, and married on 21 December 2013 in Mexico. She and Webber have two sons and two daughters together. Palmer is also a stepmother to Webber’s son from his previous relationship with actress Frankie Shaw. The family resides in the Beachwood Canyon community of Los Angeles.
In November 2012, Palmer and friend Phoebe Tonkin launched the health and wellness website Your Zen Life. She co-founded a sister site to Your Zen Life called Your Zen Mama, with her friend, actress Sarah Wright.