Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne


7/24/1979, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Birth Name

Mary Rose Byrne


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Rose, daughter of Jane, a primary school administrator, and Robin Byrne, a semi-retired statistician and market researcher, was born in Sydney, Australia. She attended Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School before attending Bradfield Senior College in North Sydney. She has an older brother, George, and two…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In a 2008 interview, Byrne singled out Mad Men as her most favorite series on television. Other shows that she watches are True Blood and Rescue Me.

    • Byrne has been dating Australian actor Brendan Cowell. (June 2009)

    • As of 2008, Byrne has been training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Grappling at the Axis Jiu-Jitsu Academy, when in Australia, and at Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy, while in New York.

    • Known to family and close family friends as Chabs after a family cat she had in her youth named Chablis, after the wine, a favourite of her native Australia.

    • Rose once punched a man who wouldn't kiss her as she was extremely drunk at the time. She has since apologised many times to the man.

    • Awards & Nominations:
      2000 (W) - Best Actress, Venice Film Festival Volpi Cup, The Goddess of 1967
      2002 (N) - Best Actor - Female, Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards, The Goddess of 1967
      2003 (N) - Best Actress in a Leading Role, Australian Film Institute Awards, The Rage in Placid Lake
      2007 (W) - International Award for Best Actress, Australian Film Institute Awards, for Damages
      2008 (N) - Actress In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series Or Television Movie, Golden Globe Award, for Damages
      2009 (N) - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Emmy Awards, for Damages

    • Both Rose and her Marie Antoinette director, Sofia Coppola, played the role of handmaiden in the Star Wars prequels.

    • In 2004, Rose was signed on to be a Max Factor cover girl for two years.

    • Rose, who played Briseis in Troy, wanted to play Helen. The role was given to Diane Kruger, her co-star in the movie Wicker Park.

    • Rose's father, Robin, is in market research while her mother, Jane, is the principal of an Aboriginal school. She is the youngest among four siblings. Her eldest sister Lucy works in publishing. Alice is a painter in Melbourne and George is a singer/songwriter in Sydney.

    • Rose is best friends with fellow actress Nadia Townsend since they were eight years old. She is also good friends with fellow Aussie actresses Krew Boylan, Abbie Cornish, and Pia Miranda. Byrne has also become friends with Damages co-star Glenn Close.

    • Rose appeared in the following music videos: Darren Hayes' "I Miss You" from the album Spin, M. Craft's "Sweets", and Alex Lloyd's "Black the Sun" and "1000 Miles" (from Distant Light).

    • In 2000, she played the lead role in La Dispute at the Sydney Theatre Company and appeared in Three Sisters the following year.

    • List Rankings:
      2001 - No.9, FHM's Sexiest Women in the World (AU edition)
      2002 - No.95, Maxim's Hot 100
      2006 - No.16, FHM's Sexiest Women in the World (AU edition)
      2008 - No.5, Hallmark Channel's TV's Sexiest Leading Woman

    • In 1999, she was in a TV commercial for Sony.

    • In the 2000 Venice Film Festival, she won the Volpi Cup award in the category Best Actress for the 2000 movie The Goddess of 1967. Rose was also nominated for a 2002 Best Actress award by the Film Critics Circle of Australia for her role in the movie.

    • Rose started acting in movies at the age of 12, when she appeared in the movie Dallas Doll.

    • Rose is 5'6¼" (1.68 m) tall. She has Scottish and Irish heritage.

  • Quotes

    • Rose: I'm excited about going back. I love the regularity of a series, I think having regular work has probably given me more confidence and security. I tend to spiral out of control if I'm not working. I get panicked and don't know what to do with myself.

    • Rose: I loved performing; I was always trying to impress my siblings by being a clown. I think that came from being the runt of the litter.

    • Rose: Television is a different skill; it's more like you are a character in a novel. You need to allow the audience in more and to create a private life for your character so that you are fully rounded and not just like a cut-out, so the audience invests a bit more in you and wants to come back.

    • (On what people find surprising about her)
      Rose: Usually that I'm much more light-hearted than they think I am. I often do very serious roles, but really I am a big clown.

    • (On her and her husband enjoying New York City)
      Rose: I'm in love with the city. You can impress an Australian with a city, but you can't impress them with a beach. Brendan writes and he really enjoys it in New York.

    • Rose: You know, I'm Australian, so I'm not too flashy or glitzy... I've stopped dressing for other people. If I think I look good, that's the most important thing.

    • Rose: I see myself more as a character actress than a celebrity.

    • Rose: The worst was the time I spent in Los Angeles, which runs on bullshit and cliches. But then, it's really easy to diss the place. The physical environment of LA is really beautiful. It's actually kinda fun, too, if you're working. It's just not really fun if you're not working and you don't know anybody.

    • Rose: I'm starting to know how the world works a bit, and I'm learning more and more that the only thing that matters is what happens between 'action' and 'cut'. I'm allowing myself to be a bit more selfish, for want of a better word, just that it's OK to focus and that I don't have to be nice to everybody.

    • Rose: I guess you can get to a level where you choose. I guess when you reach that point maybe you start making decisions about whether you want to be a leading man or woman. I'm not at that point at all. Where I am now, you're very much at everybody else's mercy. You have no control over your career in a lot of ways. It's just important to know what your own goals are, because that's empowering.

    • (About her most dreadful crush)
      Rose: I used to drive, pretty pathetically, I'd just drive by their house all the time and they didn't know who I was. I'd just drive by the house all the time. I once knocked on the window and I thought, 'What am I doing? What am I going to say if they come to the door and don't know who I am?'

    • Rose: TV is very much a producer and writer or creator-driven machine in the States. And I'm the kind of actor that needs to be pushed and have someone on my case a little bit, so I suffer from that. I'm always prepared, I always do my research and have my perspective, but I think I personally flourish better when I have someone moulding me a little bit more.

    • Rose: I think it's important to keep an element of fear about yourself because it makes you appreciate the jobs.

    • (About her role in "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack Of The Clones")
      Rose: That was easy, I just stood by Natalie Portman looking very serious.

    • (About being labelled the next big thing)
      Rose: I don't take it, seriously. Because I'm the one living my life. I mean, I've got this tiny part in this big Brad Pitt movie, and everyone here thinks I'm playing Sally to Brad Pitt's Harry. I'm not, and I'm constantly having to say that.