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.
Keisha never starred in a movie before Whale Rider. Also, she confirmed that she did not even know how to swim before starring in that movie.
She has been learning Maori dances since she was 6.
She is part Maori. Her tribal heritage is Ngati Porou, Tainui, and Ngapuhi.
Keisha is the older of three. She was two brothers: Rhys and Liam. Rhys is now also an actor in a New Zealand TV series.
Her parents are Tim Castle and Desrae Hughes. They met in Australia, had a 9-year relationship, but were never married.
She is the youngest actress ever to be nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her nomination in 2004, when she was only 13.
Keisha is 5'1" (1.55 m) tall.
In October 2006, it was revealed that Keisha and her boyfriend of three years were expecting a child.
Keisha was offered a major role in a comedy/drama movie called Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger.
Keisha was offered a role in the drama movie The Nativity Story.
Her best school subjects used to be maths and science, but now she enjoys drama.
She filmed all of her Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith scenes in just one day.
Keisha has been learning Maori dances since she was 6.
Keisha is a fan of Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp (she meet him at the 76th Academy Award).
(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.
(about her 'Whale Rider' character)
Keisha: I think we're both strong willed and independent, and Pai has a great unique quality about her. She's an 11-year-old girl who's confident about who she is and knows exactly who she is. Not many 11-year-old girls are like that. She's a great role model for young girls. I think I'm like that too.
(about her privacy)
Keisha: Your private life should be private. I reckon that's a good thing that you talk about your work and you talk about what you're doing, but without having to go into how your brother's been and how your mum's been because none of that's really relevant.
(about roles she's been offered since 'Whale Rider')
Keisha: They're all really sexual roles or they all think that I'm still 11. They send me scripts and I say that I'm too young or not old enough and they're like, 'Well just come in and see us.' And so I go in and they're like, 'Oh, you've got tall and you've got hips and you've got boobs.' And I'm like, 'Yeah. That's what happens.'
(about being interviewed during Oscar time)
Keisha: For four weeks straight I didn't know what I was doing. It was like I had this little tape in my head and I'd sit there and they all would ask the exact same thing and I'd hit play and I'd be like, 'Blah, blah...' in this monotone and they'd be like, 'Are you okay, dear?'
Keisha: When I found out this was going to be the last Star Wars film that was ever going to be made, I felt pretty privileged to be in it.
Keisha: [on Whale Rider]
Watching that film made me proud to be a New Zealander.
Keisha: [on being asked if acting what how she expected it to be]
"Definitely not what I expected it to be. All I ever saw were famous people getting what they wanted when they wanted it and I was shocked at the fact that I actually had to work.
Keisha: I'd always wanted to act but it wasn't just that, it was because all the ladies wore pretty dresses.
[On her role in Star Wars III]
Keisha: I was on for 10 seconds and if you see me you're lucky.