New Zeland actress Keisha Castle-Hughes the 16 year old who was nominated a few years back for her role in Whale Rider...since then her only role has been as Queen of Naboo in Star Wars: Episode III, and the upcoming role of Mary mother of Jesus in the upcoming Catherine Hardwicke film The Nativity Story due for a December 2006 release.
I was shocked when I found out that the 16 year old is now not just pretending to be a sixteen year old pregnent girl (in the nativity story) but that she is actually pregnent! The babies father is a guy by the name of Bradley Hull, a 19 year old that has been her boyfriend for 3 years.
My first thought is, that maybe 19 year olds impregnating 16 year olds is okay in New Zeland, but that looks like statutory rape in the USA.
Also, I wonder with films like the Nativity Story where there support will come from...I would have thought that the Passion-of-the-Christ film crowd would be highly interested in this film, but many conservative evangelical protestants and conservative Catholics could now potentially discount this film as a result of the personal life of the lead actor.
Yet, this also puts The Nativity Story in the news, and so perhaps it increases the press coverage for this film, which could have a positive box office effect.
I keep picturing Catherine Zeta-Jones pregnent when she accepted her best supporting actress Oscar for her role in Chicago...she was so pregnent, she looked like she was going to pop, and yet at the same time had a lovely motherly glow...I can't picture Castle-Hughes having such grace, instead, seeing the talented 16 year old with child seems like it would only be a little sad.
(Thanks Mom for alerting me to this news story)
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