Radha Mitchell

Radha Mitchell

Her role as Syd in 'High Art' (1998)

Background:

“I went through a phase of not wanting to watch any movies at all, and lately
give got back into watching films, I think because I meet people that make them
all the time, and I feel like if I’ve seen their movie I know more about them,
and it's a better discussion to have. And in doing that I rekindled my love of
movies. Radha Mitchell

Petite and blonde, Australian import Radha Mitchell achieved an introduction to
a wider viewers with her breakthrough performance of the striving and inquiring
Syd, opposite Ally Sheedy, in the critically successful independent movie High
Art (1998) two years after making her promising debut in Love and Other
Catastrophes, an engaging romantic comedy which proved to be moderately popular
in Australia. Since then, she has been exposed to mainstream audience with such
high profile vehicles as the science-fiction/horror Pitch Black (2000, with Vin
Diesel), the thriller Phone Booth (2002, opposite Colin Farrell and Kiefer
Sutherland), Man on Fire (2004, with Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington),
Finding Neverland (2004, along side superstar Johnny Depp) and Woody Allen’s
Melinda and Melinda (2004). The talented player picked up a Film Critics Circle
of Australia nod for her fine starring role in Visitors (2003).

Recently starring in the horror movie Silent Hill (2006), the vegan actress will
play roles in the forthcoming Rogue (2006), The Half Life of Timofey Berezin
(2007), Downloading Nancy (2007) and Feast of Love (2007).


Vegetarian

Childhood and Family:

A native of Australia, Radha Mitchell was born on November 12, 1973, in
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She enrolled at the St Michael’s Grammar School
in Melbourne. Her acting career took place when she was still in high school
with a role in the 1988 Aussie TV series “Sugar and Spice.”

Off camera, Radha is a vegan and practices yoga. She is now a resident of Los
Angeles, California.


Finding Neverland

Career:

Radha Mitchell began acting professionally while in high school when she landed
the role of Pixie Robinson in the Australian TV series “Sugar and Spice.” It was
followed by other TV productions like “Phoenix,” “Law of the Land” (both 1993),
Halifax f.p: My Lovely Girl (1995) and “Blue Heelers” (1996). She also had a
brief part in the popular long-running soap opera “Neighbours,” playing
Cassandra Rushmore in 1994, and made her return to the show during 1996-1997
seasons with the role of Catherine O’Brien. In between her gigs in “Neighbours,”
Mitchell scored a lead in the Australian stage production of “Desire” (1995).


On the big screen, Mitchell made an auspicious debut with director Emma-Kate
Croghan’s appealing romantic comedy Love and Other Catastrophes (1996), which
cast her in the supporting role of Danni, a university student experiencing a
chaotic breakup with her close friend Mia (played by Frances O’Connor). However,
she did not gather international attention until a year later when she assumed
the lead role of Syd, the paramour of a heroin-addled photographer (Ally Sheedy)
in the courageous independent drama High Art, an American production written and
helmed by Lisa Cholodenko. The critical triumph of High Art opened Mitchell’s
doors to do more international work.

Subsequently, she portrayed Sophie, a house guest who won’t leave, in the
award-winning independent film Cleopatra’s Second Husband (1998, starred Paul
Hipp), starred as an uptown woman avoided by her peers following her baby’s
death in Marc Forster’s drama Everything Put Together (2000), and progressed
more into mainstream fare with the sci-fi/ horror film Pitch Black (2000), where
she played Carolyn Fry, the pilot of a ship that crashes on a hostile planet,
opposite Vin Diesel.

Next up, Mitchell could be seen in movies like Cowboys and Angels (2000), Ten
Tiny Love Stories (2001), Nobody’s Baby (2001), When Strangers Appear (2001),
Uprising (2001, TV) and Dead Heat (2002), before stepping back to majority
projects with a costarring role opposite Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland,
Forest Whitaker and Katie Holmes in the Joel Schumacher-directed thriller Phone
Booth (2002). The same year, she took the triple duty of a writer, director and
actor in the independent film Four Reasons. Mitchell returned to her Australian
roots with the drama Visitors, where she was handed a Film Critics Circle of
Australia nomination for Best Actress for playing Georgia Perry.

Back to mainstream fare, Mitchell undertook the role of Dakota Fanning’s mother
in Tony Scott’s Man on Fire (2004), which also starred Denzel Washington, Marc
Anthony and Christopher Walken, and gave one of her best performances as the
disengaged, estranged wife of “Peter Pan” creator J.M. Barrie (Johnny Depp) in
Finding Neverland (2004). The latter brought her a Screen Actors Guild
nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, a nod she
shared with other costars like Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Dustin Hoffman and
Depp. She continued with an impressive performance in Woody Allen’s Melinda and
Melinda (2004), where she successfully played both Melindas, one as a upset,
self-destructive and possibly hopeless figure, and the other as a more
attractive but disturbed woman sightless to the existing love that she could
cuddle.

After Mozart and the Whale (2005), Mitchell was cast in the starring role of a
frantic mother attempting to find an answer for her daughter’s mysterious
recurring dream in Silent Hill (2006). Though the horror film received mixed
reviews from critics, it opened number one at the box office with over $20
million in box office loot. She has finished a drama film by Scott Z. Burns, The
Half Life of Timofey Berezin, which is for 2007 release. The film stars Paddy
Considine in the title role. Mitchell is also scheduled to play the supporting
role of Kate in the Greg McLean horror/thriller Rogue (2006), costar with
William Hurt and Holly Hunter in Downloading Nancy (2007) and appear as Diana in
drama/romance Feast of Love (2007), with Selma Blair, Morgan Freeman and Greg
Kinnear.


Awards:
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But I'm also a vegetarian so there's another factor I guess.More Radha Mitchell quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
So I was in America and I thought I'll stick around while I'm here and just see what happens. The next film I did was High Art, so I guess it started with a sort of vague idea but really just a fantasy.More Radha Mitchell quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It was kind of scary because working with Woody Allen becomes sort of a big deal in your mind. He directs in that Woody Allen character some of the time - he has these idiosyncrasies that are really charming and funny.More Radha Mitchell quotes [07/26/2011 06:07:39]
I don't smoke and I don't drink alcohol.More Radha Mitchell quotes [07/26/2011 06:07:04]
I do, too, most recently while I was singing karaoke in some weird bar.More Radha Mitchell quotes [07/26/2011 06:07:57]

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