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Saturday 20 December 2014

Toni Collette crushed on Karate Kid

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07:  Actress Toni Collette attends the 2014 Drama Desk Awards Nominees Reception at Essex House on May 7, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Toni Collette

Toni Collette used to have a room plastered in posters of The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio when she was little.

The 41-year-old actress has always been a huge film fan and 1984's The Karate Kid was one of her first favourites. She was particularly enamoured with its main star Ralph Macchio, who she eventually teamed up with on 2012's Hitchcock.

"Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid," she told People magazine, when asked about her first film star crush. "My room was covered in posters of him. I worked with him in Hitchcock a few years ago. I'm a grown woman, and I still didn't know where to look."

Another early movie which had a big effect on the Australian star was 1978's Grease, which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. Although it's best known for its musical numbers, it was the fashion which excited a young Toni.

"Sandy in Grease," she said, when quizzed on which movie star she most wanted to be. "My mother owned the same red heels that Olivia Newton-John wears to the school fair. I trotted around the house in those shoes forever. It's a wonder I never broke an ankle."

There are several pictures which Toni can imagine she will never get bored of. She's watched Pretty in Pink over and over and still gets deeply affected by one of Dudley Moore's releases.

"I adore Dudley Moore in Arthur. His relationship with Liza Minnelli's character is gorgeous. It's a ridiculously funny film filled with brilliant dialogue and the theme song still makes me melt," she said.

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