The name Bella Heathcote first popped up seemingly out of nowhere in December when she was shortlisted for the title role in Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman”, a role that unfortunately the producers decided to miscast with a more famous actress instead. But Heathcote didn’t disappear back into the ether (or back to her native Australia), landing the lead in “Twylight Zones” and then the even more highly anticipated “Dark Shadows” opposite Johnny Depp.
She was able to do all of this because she had the financial backing of the Australians in Films organization, who awarded her the 2010 Heath Ledger Scholarship, which funds one promising young Australian actor each year to move to the United States and pursue a Hollywood career. It includes a cash award of $US10,000, a V Australia return airfare from Australia to the US, and a one-year full-time scholarship to Stella Adler Acting & Theatre, Los Angeles.
The scholarship paid off big time for Heathcote, and in 2011, another young Aussie is hoping to follow in her footsteps. Ryan Corr is a 21 year old who has worked primarily on Australian TV shows, including the prolific star make “Neighbours”, which has exported the likes of Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Jesse Spencer.
Corr’s only mainstream Hollywood production previous to this was a small role as “Claire’s friend” in Spike Jonze’s 2009 adaptation of “Where the Wild Things Are”, but newly signed to mega agency WME and with the Heath Ledger Scholarship – not to mention his classic leading man good looks – supporting him, it’s only a matter of time before we see his name popping up on shortlists and landing roles in high profile projects.