It took a role in RoboCop for Abbie Cornish to finally gain her brother’s respect.
It you’re familiar with the work of actress Abbie Cornish, especially in period dramas such as The Golden Age (2007), Bright Star (2009) and W.E. (2011), you might be surprised to hear the indie darling is starring in a reboot of ’80s action movie RoboCop. But the 31-year-old Aussie makes no apologies.
”I grew up with three brothers, so when I was a kid, we watched the VHS over and over,” Cornish explains excitedly as she sits in a Los Angeles hotel room during a press day for the blockbuster. ”It’s a film that I felt was nostalgic for me, especially because I haven’t really done a film like this before. The closest I got was Sucker Punch [the 2011 action fantasy film directed by 300 helmer Zack Snyder], but I just really loved the original RoboCop and I thought this was such a wonderful recipe for a great remake.”
Cornish grew up on a farm in Lochnivar, in the NSW Hunter Valley, and is a combination of Hollywood chic – today wearing a dangerously low-cut designer black jumpsuit and a layered chain necklace that could weigh down RoboCop himself – and a free-spirited tomboy who loves to hike, ride motorbikes and live with four cats, a dog and a parakeet in her Hollywood home. She proudly admits her role in RoboCop also finally earned her some respect from her brothers.
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Abbie Cornish attended the World Premiere of RoboCop at the BFI IMAX on February 5, 2014 in London, England. She wore an Elie Saab signature embellished tangerine 3/4 length sleeve, open-back gown styled Sheikh vegan shoes, Slight Jewelry earrings, ring and a gold Jimmy Choo ‘Cosma’ clutch. I think she looked like Old Hollywood vs. futuristic perfection!
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It’s all chaos in the Abbie Cornish household. The Australian actor has been unable to make it across the Atlantic for promotional duties on Robocop – an inevitable remake of the Paul Verhoeven classic – so she’s phoning me from her new pad in West Hollywood. There is much clattering and sniffling at the other end of the line.
“Aw I’m sorry. But we’re all so worried about our little puppies,” she says in a voice that could hardly sound more Australian if it were accompanied by didgeridoos. “They play around all the time, but they’ve become very lethargic. So we have to take them back to the vet. Bye, bye! Be good.”
The animals are dispatched and Cornish makes her way to a quieter place. Hang on. What’s that chirping noise?
“Oh I also have a parakeet, who’ll be very excited to see me. Hello! Hello! Now, let’s do this interview.”
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