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Thursday 21 August 2014

Toni Collette: Be comfortable

Toni Collette

Toni Collette has revealed what she finds most beautiful in a person and how important it is to "nurture the inner world".

The actress has enjoyed success with films such as Little Miss Sunshine and The Hours and will always be remembered for her 1994 breakout hit Muriel's Wedding.

Toni has always been open to playing characters that aren't traditionally "beautiful" and revealed why these roles draw her in.

“Absolutely. I think it’s insane," she answered Refinery 29 when asked about society's obsession with beauty.

"I believe in nurturing the inner world. I believe the more important thing is your mind and your heart. Those two things are the most ignored parts of our beings.

"I think there’s a huge imbalance in where the focus is placed in today’s society, absolutely. The people who are most attractive to me are those who feel most comfortable in their skin - there’s a sense of self-acceptance. Some of the characters I’ve played have not felt comfortable in themselves, and so there’s a physical counterpart to that."

In her latest movie The Way, Way Back, Toni plays a woman stuck with a bad boyfriend.

The 40-year-old wants her portrayals to feel real.

“Just feeling real in any way, whether it’s awkward or not, because like it or not, art is a reflection of us, and how we chose to live, and that is fantastic," she explained.

"Now, the media has other agendas: it’s not about reflecting humanity, it’s about dictatorship and being dogmatic in telling people how to dress, how to look, what to say, what to do with your life, how to spend your time, everything.”

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