Abbie Cornish: "Rencontrer Madonna sont des moments que je n'oublierai jamais".
Abbie Cornish is kicking butt and plenty of goals
James Wigney / The Sunday Telegraph / April 10, 2011 12:00AM
After acclaimed roles in period dramas Bright Star and Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Abbie Cornish has perhaps been best known for corsets rather than karate.
But her role as gun-toting, butt-kicking warrior woman Sweet Pea in Zack Snyder's new film Sucker Punch might just change all of that.
The extremely outdoorsy Cornish grew up on a farm in the Hunter Valley with brothers who taught her how to use guns, bows and drive cars and a mother who knew how to take care of herself, to say the least.
She is also on our screens at the moment opposite Bradley Cooper in Limitless, which topped the box office here and in the US when it was released last month.
But despite her success and ever-growing list of co-stars, Cornish admits she still gets starstruck.
"Meeting Robert De Niro, meeting Madonna are moments I will never, ever forget because you don't think you are going to meet them," she says.
"People of that calibre, who are that legendary, you can't believe that they are still alive and in the flesh because so often we look back into the past at people as iconic and influential as that."
Cornish stars in Madonna's directorial debut, W.E. to be released later this year and describes the Material Girl as "the hardest worker I have ever met in my life".
"The first time I met her was on Skype and the first thing that went through my mind was how beautiful she was," Cornish says. "She had no make-up on and her hair was in a ponytail and I just remember she was so beautiful. It was shocking to me.
"At the same time she is so energetic and has something that is very youthful about her and she is super, super smart.
"There is confidence in her that you just don't see every day."
When she's not working on a film, Cornish likes to paint, make music, play keyboards and is learning guitar and harp.
"When you have these other creative outlets too it's a real life/art thing where the line blurs," she says. "I love that about my job and I have been really lucky to do what I have done as an actor and be where I am and I am constantly grateful for that."
Source: The Sunday Telegraph (Australia).
Abbie Cornish at the Australian premiere of Sucker Punch.