“If you want to do something more interesting, you have to create those opportunities.” To Byrne, the idea of being “boxed in” was insufferable.“You have to be aggressive in this business,” Byrne says at the café, between bites of ricotta toast. Working with Glenn [Close, on Damages], she was the hardest worker ever.“You gravitate to where you want to go, but so much is out of your control,” she tells me.
And that was that.” Stoller likes to tell a story about how Byrne was so funny on that set, she even caused Russell Brand to break.
“She did something that was so gross — I can’t remember what it was — there was like phone sex, talking about how wet her pussy was, something in that arena,” says Stoller.
And while it’s a little too Zoolander to suggest that actors might be penalized for their beauty, some do succumb to a kind of inertia.
“It’s just that it’s so easy for women, and actors also, who are as undeniably beautiful as Rose to build their career on that,” says Sarandon.
“I’m not a meddler, but I’m annoying in various ways if you ask my friends,” Rose Byrne told us at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of her new movie, “The Meddler.” Byrne, a new mom, said she channeled her inner teen to play a grown daughter whose mother, played by Susan Sarandon, interferes in her life. “When you’re a teenager, you’re always kind of meanest to the people who love you the most.” Billy Magnussen also stars in the movie.
, actress Rose Byrne was born in Sydney, Australia, on July 24, 1979. Around the age of 8, Byrne started taking acting classes at the Australian Theatre for Young People.
Her request was met with, if not outright resistance, then some confusion.
“When I saw her at the audition for Get Him to the Greek,” says Nick Stoller, the director, “I was like, Why is she here?
“It was so unexpected, and it just shocked him and he lost it.” The pretty or otherwise adorable person who shocks by saying something outlandish can be another kind of box.