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  • Trivia

    • Otto is one of four Lord of the Rings stars to star, pre-Rings, with Harrison Ford. She starred with Ford in What Lies Beneath (2000). Ford also starred with John Rhys Davies (Gimli) in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), and with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) in Witness (1985), with Sean Bean (Boromir) in Patriot Games (1992).

    • Miranda was pregnant with daughter Darcey while filming War of the Worlds.

    • Miranda won a Logie for Most Outstanding Actress In A Drama Series for the miniseries Through My Eyes.

    • Miranda gave birth to her first child, a girl, named Darcey in Australia. Her husband, who was unable to attend the birth, watched via web cam from America.

    • In the fight scenes from the Lord of the Rings movies, her costume was very heavy, weighing 8 to 10 kilos (22 lbs.).

    • Otto won the role of Éowyn in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) after Alison Doody refused the role so she could have a baby.

    • Miranda Won the 2003 Australian Entertainment "Mo" Award for Best Actress in a Play for A Doll's House.

    • Miranda was named after the Shakespearean character in The Tempest.

    • Miranda took ballet lessons.

    • While playing the role of Eowyn in Lord of the Rings Miranda was required to learn sword fighting and horseback riding.

    • Miranda gave up a medical career to be an actress.

    • Miranda's father is actor Barry Otto.

    • Miranda graduated from the Australian Performing Arts School, NIDA.

  • Quotes

    • Miranda: It is hard sometimes to see how other actors are working when you are working with them.

    • Miranda: It could be a stupid thing to say, but people should realize that it is easy to get concerned about yourself and to lose contact.

    • Miranda: If there is a book that the script came from you have to read it, you have to see what you can get out of it: mood, back story and things that may not even be in the film. They kick off your imagination and broaden the character, I think.

    • Miranda: You are being hit with tabloid-journalism bi-lines of what you are doing because you have suddenly become a star.

    • Miranda: Young actors are serious about their work and don't take any time out from it. I'm very serious about my work; there are probably only two films I've done where I had a really good time.

    • Miranda: Everyone says you should get a photo taken of yourself while you're pregnant. I've got a film (War of the Worlds). It'll be nice for my daughter, too, to look at one day. She was in it.

    • Miranda: (When asked about her worst memory of being involved in the Lord of the Rings trilogy) When we were doing reshoots, we spent a few days doing the scene where I'm fighting the Witch-King. It was hard coming back after a couple of years away and not being as fit as I had been then.

    • Miranda: I'm so fair that I didn't go in the sun as a child. When all my friends were on the beach, I was going to ballet. The teachers there didn't like you going in the sun, so I never did.