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Birth Name: Emily Browning
Birth Date: December 7th, 1988
Birth Place: December 7th, 1988 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Emily Jane Browning (born 7 December 1988) is an Australian actress and singer. Browning made her film debut in the Australian television film The Echo of Thunder, subsequently, she played recurring roles in Australian television shows Blue Heelers and Something in the Air. Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 horror film Ghost Ship, which introduced her to a wider audience. In 2005, Browning won the Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Violet Baudelaire in the film Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).
Browning is also known for her roles in the horror film The Uninvited (2009), the action film Sucker Punch (2011), and the independent drama Sleeping Beauty (2011). She was named the Breakthrough Performer of The Year by Hamptons International Film Festival in 2011 for her role in Sleeping Beauty. Her other films include The Host (2013), Pompeii (2014) and Legend (2015).
Browning was born in Melbourne, Victoria, the daughter of Andrew and Shelley Browning. She attended Eltham High School. Browning has two younger brothers, Nicholas and Matthew. Browning’s debut acting role was in the 1998 Hallmark Channel movie The Echo of Thunder. Additional roles in Australian film and television productions soon followed, including recurring roles in the television series Blue Heelers from 2000 to 2002, and Something in the Air from 2000 to 2001. In 2001, Browning appeared as the daughter of a character played by Billy Connolly in The Man Who Sued God.
She made her American film debut in 2002’s Ghost Ship, and won an Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actress, the same year. In 2003, she appeared opposite Heath Ledger and Orlando Bloom in 2003’s Ned Kelly, and then reunited with Connolly the following year in the film adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, in which she played Violet Baudelaire.
In 2006, Browning appeared in the music video for Evermore’s “Light Surrounding You”. In the behind-the-scenes video for the clip, the band stated, “[We] suck as actors, so we decided to get Emily.” She attended the L’Oreal Fashion Festival as a festival ambassador on 1 February 2007.
2008 – 2011
Browning played the lead role in the 2009 horror film The Uninvited, an American remake of the 2003 South Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters, co-starring alongside Elizabeth Banks and Arielle Kebbel. She then turned down a request to audition for the role of Bella Swan in Twilight, citing exhaustion, despite an endorsement from series author Stephenie Meyer. In 2009, she was cast as Babydoll in Zack Snyder’s action film Sucker Punch, as a replacement for Amanda Seyfried, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
Filming took place in Vancouver from September 2009 to January 2010, and the film was released on 25 March 2011. In an interview at Comic-Con, she confirmed that she would be singing in the film, while claiming that her audition tape brought tears to her casting agent’s eyes and the song she selected (“Killing Me Softly”) was one of Zack Snyder’s wife Deborah’s favourites, which Browning referred to as the “selling point” on her being cast in the role.
Since Sucker Punch, Browning has worked steadily in film. In February 2010 it was announced that Browning would play the lead role in the independent Australian film Sleeping Beauty, directed by Julia Leigh. She replaced friend and fellow young Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who was committed to a film adaptation of Jane Eyre at the time. The film screened at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival.
In a review from the festival, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian called the film “Technically elegant with vehemence and control… Emily Browning gives a fierce and powerful performance… There is force and originality in Leigh’s work”. Fionnuala Halligan in Screen International wrote “Browning has gone the distance for her director and together, they have delivered something here that sometimes catches your breath”. At the festival Browning said, “Even reading the screenplay, it made me feel uncomfortable. But that was something that attracted me to it. I would prefer to polarise an audience as opposed to making an entertaining film everybody feels ambivalent about.”
2012 – present
In 2012, she replaced English actress Ophelia Lovibond to play as the female lead in the film Summer in February. The film is based on the book of the same title, by Jonathan Smith. The film was filmed in Cornwall alongside Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens. In July 2012, Browning was cast in God Help the Girl, a musical film by Belle and Sebastian front-man Stuart Murdoch. Browning played Eve, and the role required live singing. Filming on the production began on 8 July 2012 and wrapped on 12 August 2012.
Browning was then cast in Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush alongside Cam Gigandet. replacing Evan Rachel Wood who was originally attached to the project due to scheduling conflicts. Browning also starred alongside Xavier Samuel whom she met on the set during filming. Magic Magic, directed by Sebastián Silva, screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Film.com designated the film as a “Top Pick”.
Browning starred in the 2014 film Pompeii, opposite Kit Harington, best known for Game of Thrones. The project was filmed in Toronto and the actual city of Pompeii itself. Browning took a break from filming on Pompeii, and returned home to Australia to film a music video directed by Guy Franklin for the song “No Matter What You Say” by San Francisco-based band Imperial Teen. The video follows Browning as the lead character, conducting a ‘live art-piece’.
In 2014, Browning filmed Shangri La Suite directed by Eddie O’Keefe. The story follows two young lovers who break out of a mental hospital in 1974 and set out on a road trip to Los Angeles to fulfill the boy’s lifelong dream of killing his idol Elvis Presley, who appears as a supporting character. Luke Grimes and Avan Jogia co-star. The same year, she appeared in Years & Years’s Take Shelter music video.
In 2015, Browning starred in the biopic crime thriller movie Legend, alongside Tom Hardy who portrayed twin brothers Reggie and Ronnie Kray. She portrayed Frances Shea, the first wife of Reggie Kray.
Browning was cast in American Gods as Laura Moon. Neil Gaiman, author of the novel said, “I’ve been fascinated by Emily Browning since A Series of Unfortunate Events. She has a challenge ahead of her: Laura is a tricky character, and the Laura on the screen is even trickier and more dangerous than the one on the page. She’s going to have a wonderful time bringing Laura to life”.
In Sucker Punch, a young woman we know only as Babydoll is locked away by her lecherous stepfather in an insane asylum, where she is scheduled to be lobotomized. Here, she finds other girls just as trapped and, together with them, plots an escape — both physically from the asylum and mentally from the hell that happens there. This latter escape, from the hell, carries Babydoll into her imagination where she finds herself and the other girls trapped in a brothel rather than an asylum.
When forced to dance for me, she retreats yet again into her fantasies, this time into a second dream world where she and her friends battle steam-powered zombie German soldiers in WWI, dragons and orcs, and even travel to a fantastic alien world. It’s, in short, as insane as the asylum where the girls find themselves.
Babydoll, in case writer-director Zack Snyder never noticed, is probably crazy, too, she would have to be. But that’s beside the point. Previously, I shared with you my interview with three of the actresses who play the young inmates: Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, and Jamie Chung. Today, you get my interview with Babydoll herself (played by Emily Browning), her tough-as-nails cohort Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), and the psychiatrist in charge of the asylum (Carla Gugino).
Boys fantasize about big guns and being the action hero, and that’s a common fantasy for male actors, too. Did you dream of being the action heroine and how excited were you to shoot the big guns?
Emily Browning: Absolutely. But for me, I always liked the idea of making every genre of film possible. But I’d never read a particularly well-written action script, and I most certainly had never read a female character in an action script that was more than one-dimensional and interesting. The fact that this is not just one, cool, strong action female character, but five — six, even, with Carla — it was amazing to me and so cool. I’m hoping we can maybe start a trend or something. Not of girls with guns, but smart, cool, interesting girls… with guns [laughs].
Abbie Cornish: Yeah, it’s incredibly exciting. I’d wanted to do a film like this for a while. The idea of doing it was amazing. For me, I’ve always been interested in other people’s careers, particularly male careers. Someone asked me, if you could play one character in film, who would it be? And the only character that came to my mind was: I want to play the Godfather. Imagine that. How awesome would that be? Of course, there are a lot of roles for me that I’d like to explore. When you get to play a female role that explores some of these things, and you get to shoot guns, I loved it.
Carla, there are six women in this cast, but you’re technically the outsider amongst them. They all had action roles they had to train hard for and were, as inmates all, plotting an escape from an institution/brothel you were affiliated with. Does that mean you weren’t as close to the other girls on set, not being part of their little posse?
Carla Gugino: It was actually a really great ensemble cast. As much as they all trained together and were a team, there wasn’t any excluding of anyone. I think that’s something that Zack and [his wife and producer] Debbie [Snyder], having done Watchmen with them as well, do really well. It feels like you’re in a theater repertoire when you’re with them. You just end up with a group of people doing the best they can together.
Emily, there are three levels of reality in this movie — one being reality itself, and the other two being levels of dreams or fantasy that get increasingly stylized and extraordinary. How did you prepare your performance for each of these realities?
Emily Browning: For me, because the fantasy worlds were in Babydoll’s imagination, I felt it was important that my character remain pretty solid. So her personality doesn’t fluctuate between reality and the dream worlds.
What about you, Abbie?
Abbie Cornish: I was fascinated by that for a long time and asked Zack a lot of questions about it. It was something where I decided it was all the same character, but, in different worlds, you could look at her from different angles. For me, I kind of put a lot of trust in the fact that, when you actually see her in the dream worlds, what that’s like, and then who she is at the bookend of the film, that would be enough to say who this girl really is in real life. The burlesque stuff was just a hyper-realization of that character, [for example]. Who she is is carried with her into that world and the action world — where she’s looking after [her sister] Rocket (Malone). Where’s Rocket? Is she safe? There’s really a heavy load that she’s carrying because of that. Those action scenes weren’t the most fun for her. Other characters had smiles on their faces, so excited to escape [into the fantasy action]. But for Sweet Pea, it’s frightening, there’s so much to stay on top of. It’s interesting to figure all that stuff out.
Emily, I think a lot of guys are going to love the Sailor Moon get-up Zack had you wear. Were you a Sailor Moon fan beforehand and thus got the reference, or did it just strike you as some pervy way to dress up the action heroine?
Emily Browning: Sailor Moon was my favorite cartoon of all time, and I’m still kind of obsessed with it. I own all the DVDs and watch it at home. I think I was obsessed with that culture as a kid, like Hello Kitty and Dragon Ball Z.
Carla, Zack Snyder is kind of a singular talent. Having already worked with him on Watchmen, how did you react when he told you he had you in mind for a part in Sucker Punch? Is that an instant “yes,” or do you ask questions first?
Carla Gugino: Of course [as an actress], you have to feel like you can connect with a character. But there’s no doubt, Zack’s a visionary. I would rather go to work for someone who has a strong vision of the story they want to tell and the world they want to create and want to include you in that. I find that incredibly exciting.
Sucker Punch feels like a movie, but also like a video game; then there’s the musical element and editing style that makes it feel like a music video. Of course, the heavy anime references, too, right?
Carla Gugino: It seems like, as the world is getting smaller, all these things are melding. People are watching movies on the Internet and on Apple TV. [The way video games become more cinematic]. In every way, these things are melding, and I love how [Zack] has taken from all these different mediums and turned it into something that could only happen in cinema.