Bella Heathcote was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She began her acting career in her home country featuring in the legendary and endless TV drama “Neighbours”. And like most actors of note from elsewhere in the world, Bella she went on to make the entry into Hollywood. Here are all the facts you need to know about her.
Bella Heathcote: Early life and the birth of a star
Bella Heathcote was born Isabella Heathcote in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She was born on May 27, 1987. The grew up in Melbourne where she attended High School (Korowa Anglican Girls’ School; the actress and author of “The Strangest Adventures” trilogy, Alexandra Adornetto is an alumnus of the school). Heathcote went on to attend the Australian National Theatre Drama School.
Bella became her career in 2008. Her career, however, got its biggest boost in 2010 when she won the Australians in Film Heath Ledger Scholarship. To win this 10,000 Australian dollars award, Bella defeated 100 other budding talents. The superstar actor Tony Farrel presented her with the award and his comment would come to echo long after: “She is very beautiful but underneath all of that hideous beauty, she has the true talent, energy and that special something that Heath had.”
In the next year, Bella Heathcote featured in “In Time”, the American dystopian science fiction thriller. Since then she has amassed double-digit credits in Hollywood.
Bella Heathcote: Career and movies
The list of Heathcote’s movie and TV appearance doesn’t look like the endless cast of a movie. In fact, it is countable. She began her career in 2008 and has averaged one screen appearance per year. Not a stat one would kill for, but to her credit, she appears in notable movies.
Bella Heathcote was in the “Fifty Shade Darker” as Leila Williams one of Christian Grey’s conquests. The movie was criticized for its narrative, screenplay, and the role of Jamie Dornan, and rated 11% by Rotten Tomatoes. These do not take away from the size of this movie that grossed more than 381 million dollars worldwide.
Bella went on to star in the horror comedy, “Dark Shadows” (2012), “The Curse of Downers Grove”, the 2015 thriller based on the novel “Downers Grove” by Micheal Hornburg written in 1999. Heathcote’s Americanness must have become cemented for her to be included in the 2016 American side of the British-American film “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”. She was a regular in “The Man in the High Castle” the dystopian alternate-universe television series produced by Amazon Studios.
Bella Heathcote’s private life and other facts
In March 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Bella got engaged. She got engaged to director Andrew Dominik. Remember him? He is the New Zealand-born Australian director who has made ripples, if not waves, in Hollywood. He directed the western film “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”. The two got engaged after seven years of prior dating which coincide with Heathcote’s move to the United States.
Dominik is 51 years old as of the end of 2019. He is more than twenty years older than his intended. This is not to say that the father of one would make a terrible husband. Things don’t work that way. We know people who married within their age bracket but whose marriage lasted days.
We still await the duo’s wedding. When it finally happens, you will NOT be the first to know. But you will be made aware, assuredly.
Bella Heathcote’s Quotes
To further understand the person of Heathcote, the need to hear from her is an important one and here are a few of her quotes.
On Persistence: “I did dancing and singing when I was little, and then when I was 12 years old my friends were taking speech and drama at school. They were private lessons, and I started doing that. Over the years everyone else dropped out and I just kept going. I loved it.”
On Acting Los Angeles: I think there is something about L.A., fortunately: once you get one role people think, ‘Oh well, someone employed her, so maybe we can.’ I mean, that’s my idea of it, anyway. ‘She can put one foot in front of the other and say a line.’
On Her Friendships: “I’d say the majority of my friends are Australians, although I have some good American friends, but I think with Aussies, we just get it. We don’t take each other too seriously, which is a relief.”
On Kissing On-set: “All on-set kisses are weird, no matter who it is, especially with people standing around coughing and sneezing. It’s very uncomfortable!”
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