The ex-Adelaide actor, who has put in a blockbuster year with eight new films, toldThe Advertiser being a parent is “the greatest joy I could have imagined.” Palmer, 29, is married to independent US film maker Mark Webber and they have a son, Bodhi, 18 months.
Speaking on the announcement of her ambassador’s role, Palmer said she is already planning to have more children.
“Motherhood is by far the favourite thing in my life,” she said. “I can’t wait to grow my family.”
The AKFF, now in its fifth year, encourages kids under 18 to make a short film — live action, animation or documentary — with prizes including camera equipment. Palmer, who trained as an actor in Adelaide, is passionate about all facets of filmmaking including writing and directing and is writing a new film, Track Town. But she has worked as an actor almost non-stop since Bodhi’s birth with roles in two Hollywood productions including a new film from romance novelist Nicholas Sparks whose previous hits include The Notebook and Dear John.
Palmer said Rachel McAdams’ role as Alli in The Notebook was her career pinnacle when she started out and she felt blessed to have been cast.
“We shot in North Carolina in the most picturesque landscape, “ she said. “It feels very authentic and it’s very romantic, of course.”
Palmer also stars in a remake of the 1991 surf thriller with Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, Point Break. Palmer says the new version, due for release on Christmas Day, took the spirit of the original and made it bigger in every way.
“It’s the biggest film I’ve ever done; we shot on four continents and 10 different countries,” she said. “One week we are 10,000 feet in the air on the side of the Dolomites (in Italy) and the next I’m 20 feet under the surface of the ocean in Tahiti.”
Despite her success in LA — where she and Webber are friends of ex-Adelaide pop sensation Sia who is a former patron of the AKFF — Palmer is a regular visitor to Adelaide and says she it will always be home.
The AKFF will be held this year from October 23-31, www.akff.com.au