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Exclusive: Asher Keddie’s Big Hollywood Break

Australia's sweetheart is going global
Vincent Fantauzzo

Asher Keddie is standing on the cusp of greatness (once again). Fronting marie claire’s July issue, the actor has announced her most exciting project yet: landing a role in the hotly-anticipated Liane Moriarty limited series Nine Perfect Strangers, alongside Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy, with Big Little Lies producer Bruna Papandrea behind the scenes.

Of her big Hollywood break, Keddie says, “Liane Moriarty is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I love Nine Perfect Strangers for its brave dive into the psyche. It’s an emotional minefield, with a brilliant dose of humour. Pair that with two extraordinary women I’ve always wanted to work with, Nicole Kidman and Bruna Papandrea, suffice to say the offer was intoxicating. I can’t wait to begin.”

(Credit: Vincent Fantauzzo)

We also can’t wait for her to begin. Having starred in the Aussie classics, Offspring, The Cry and most-recently Stateless, Nine Perfect Strangers will introduce Keddie to America in a blaze of glory. 

Looking to the future, Keddie says, “I’ve reached a point where I feel comfortable with who I am as a person, a woman, and a performer. Stress with work is not something I feel anymore. I’m in a privileged position where I’m offered diverse and exciting roles. Next on my bucket list is working overseas (when we’re allowed). When things start moving forward again, it’ll be really exciting.”

(Credit: Vincent Fantauzzo)

In a cover shoot like no other, Keddie was photographed during the COVID-19 lockdown at home in Melbourne by her husband Vincent Fantauzzo over a number of days, stealing moments together in between homeschooling their children Luca, 10, and Valentino, five. 

“I like to think these images are reflective of the intimacy we share and the creative partnership we enjoy. We’ve navigated a lot of challenges and life-changing moments together, this another extraordinary chapter,” Keddie says. We say, bring on the next chapter. 

The July issue of marie claire is on sale Thursday. 


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