This is not your usual Aussie-to-Hollywood list for the following reason: Where are Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, you might ask? They disqualified themselves by making the movie Australia. The same goes for Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett for stooping to [Fat] Robin Hood levels. Here are eleven Aussies who haven’t fucked it all up just yet.
Chris Hemsworth: Not only has he captured the hearts of fanboys (and girls) in Thor and will undoubtedly do so in The Avengers as well, but Hemsworth looks fantastic in the Snow White and the Huntsman trailer. The guy is becoming as ubiquitous in action films as Sam Worthington but has a personality and a hot body to boot.
Mia Wasikowska: She’s one of those starlets that doesn’t fit the starlet bill because, you know, she’s a real actress. In addition, she managed to convince in Jane Eyre without completely melting in the presence of one Michael Fassbender.
Rose Byrne: This lady was a crowd favorite within Bridesmaids and the hottest part of X-Men: First Class. Take that, January Jones!
Emilie de Ravin: She entranced the small-screen audience during most of the “Lost” seasons and will soon be seen in “Americana.” Emilie was also quite good in the not-too-bad Remember Me.
Eric Bana: Swooning females have loved him in Hulk, Troy, Star Trek, and Hanna. It’s hard not to blame them.
Portia de Rossi: She was perhaps the most underrated performer in “Arrested Development,” and has persisted within a steady stream of television work that ranges from “Ally McBeal” to “Nip/Tuck” and “Better Off Ted.”
Isla Fisher: I still hold out hope that we’ll see more of Isla showing off her amazing comedic chops like she did in The Wedding Crashers. Just no more romcoms for her, right?
Guy Pearce: He’s a bit of a chameleon and has accrued a steady stream of die-hard fans through his work in L.A. Confidential, Memento, The Hurt Locker, and The King’s Speech.
Abbie Cornish: This girl has sheer talent but just needs the right project to showcase said talent. W.E. is not that vehicle.
Naomi Watts: She may very well be a blank slate or newly bland actress, but she’s still one of my favorites.
Gemma Ward: So far, her big-screen outings have been limited to one of the masked intruders of The Strangers and one of the pervy little mermaids in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but I still want to see more of her.
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