Keisha Castle-Hughes

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3/24/1990, Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia

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  • Keisha was born in Donnybrook Australia on March 24,1990. At the age of 3 her family moved to New Zealand. She has two brothers named Rhys and Liam. Her mother's name is Desrae Hughes and her father's name is Tim Castle. Keisha made her acting debut in 2002 when she starred Whale Rider. She was discovered for the role of Paieka when a casting director visted her school in Mt. Wellington, New Zealand. Keisha Castle-Hughes is the youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar. In an interview she had confirmed that she didn't even know who to swim before starring in Whale Rider.

    Birth Name:

    Keisha Castle-Hughes



    Birth Place:

    Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia

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    • (referring to the opportunity of the "Whale Rider" movie) Keisha: I've always wanted to be an actor. But I think recently I changed my decision. I thought 'I can't be an actor, I can't'. Then this film came up and it was like someone saying to me, 'You can, don't give up'.

    • (about the help of director Niki Caro and tutor/chaperone Stephanie Wilkin during the filming of the movie "Whale Rider") Keisha: Stef and Niki showed me how to find my feelings and how to talk properly. Then after a couple of weeks I just fell into the character. I didn't need to look back on anything because I could feel the character so much.

    • (about the moment she discovered she got the role of Pai in the movie "Whale Rider") Keisha: I was just speechless, I didn't know what to say. About two hours later I was running around the hotel just screaming. I was so overwhelmed!

    • (about after she found out her Acamedy Award nomination) Keisha: I keep having to pinch myself to make sure I'm actually awake. The Oscars are so big -- they're huge ... I'm totally humbled and ecstatic. No words are enough to explain ... it's like, wow. It's absolutely incredible.

    • (about what she to be when she is older) Keisha: I want to be a science teacher. My friends asked me why, but I'm intrigued by it and I'm quite good at science at school.

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    • On April 25, 2007, Keisha and her boyfriend, Bradley Hull, welcomed their first child, a healthy baby girl, named Felicity-Amore.

    • Keisha has worked in the following movies: - The Vintner's Luck (2007) (as of Mar 2007, this movie is in pre-production) - Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger (2007) as Sunni (as of Mar 2007, this movie is in post-production) - The Nativity Story (2006) as Mary - Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) as Queen of Naboo - Whale Rider (2002) as Paikea

    • Her father is Tim Castle and works as a a sheet-metal worker. Her mother is named Desrae. Her parents are currently separated.

    • Keisha has black hair and brown eyes.

    • Her first movie was the 2002 movie Whale Rider where Keisha played the role of Paikea.

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