"IN ACTING, I FIND IF YOU BELIEVE IT, YOU DISCOVER A TRUTH AND IT'S QUITE SPIRITUAL" - HEATH LEDGER
Written for Heath and Matilda Ledger
You're My Littel Girl
Caelia Adams Piano & Vocals - 2010
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Your smile reminds me so much of me.
Your laughter fills my heart.
Your playfulness in everything you do.
I never feel apart from you.
I'm sorry that I couldn't be there to catch you when you fall, to be there for it all.
My Mattie, oh I love you baby. My Mattie, you are the diamond in my world.
If you ever wonder how I feel, just look up in the sky.
The star that shines the brightest is my love for you.
Just know your daddy always thinks about you all the time.
I'll always love you. You're my little girl.
If you ever want someone to listen, just know I haven't disappeared.
Whenever that you need me, just know that I'll be there to take away your tears,
to listen to your hopes and dreams, to help you find your way.
I'll be near you every day.
Heath Ledger's Mom & Sis On Young Matilda - "She's Full Of Energy Like Her Dad"
Also, Sally said: "It's a great honor that they're bestowing on Heath, having a scholarship in his name.... I think it's just amazing, the sponsorship that's gone into it, the generosity of people.”
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Some of the brightest talents from the outback hit the red carpet for Australians in Film's 2010 Breakthrough Awards at the Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills Thursday night, and RadarOnline.com was there to catch all the happenings on a night the late, great Heath Ledger was honored with a scholarship in his name.
Many in attendance, such as Australians In Film spokeswoman Sophie Scarf, praised the late star of The Dark Knight for the “incredible generosity” he displayed to his countrymen.
"He's housed hundreds of Australian actors," she said. "His house in LA was almost like a halfway house."
Ledger died at the age of 28 in January 2008 from an accidental overdose of prescription pills.
A studio banks on a young Aussie actor to be the face of a summer adventure movie Source: ew
''Can I get you something?'' asks Heath Ledger, star of ''A Knight's Tale'' (in theaters May 11). ''Do you want some water? A Diet Coke?'' Yes, you heard right: EW.com goes to meet the Australian actor, 22, who isn't just ONE of the selling points for the summer comedy cum Middle Ages jousting saga, he's THE selling point -- and suddenly we've stumbled into an episode of ''Twilight Zone'' scripted by Miss Manners -- or maybe the editors of TigerBeat. Expectation: big star attitude. Reality: He's the perfect host.
Even so, there may be a few benighted moviegoers who don't yet recognize Ledger's name. But by now, even these people (peasants!) have seen his face -- on billboards, TV ads, magazine covers. The actor's been on the rise ever since his attention grabbing role as Mel Gibson's rebellious son in ''The Patriot.'' The same studio, Sony/Columbia, is also behind ''Knight,'' which just happened to be in production in Prague when Ledger's ''Patriot'' hit theaters. So an ensemble story about a wannabe knight and his friends has been transformed, if the splashy poster is to be believed, into a story about a guy who ''will rock you.''
Yet his ''Knight'' costars say the actor hardly notices the furor. ''He's walking around with a $40 million plus film on his shoulders like he's been doing it all his life,'' says Paul Bettany, the English actor who plays Geoffrey Chaucer (yes, the famous one) opposite Ledger's aspiring knight who transcends class to become a champion jousting stud. ''I just have to laugh at those posters, though'' adds Bettany. ''They make him look so butch.''
Butch enough to best an box office juggernaut like ''The Mummy Returns''? Ledger doesn't seem worried -- unless it's about you being thirsty while he talks about the knight life. (Um, we'll take that glass of water, thanks.)
You've said that when you tried out for your first U.S. role, in the Fox TV series ''Roar,'' you were a wreck. Are you more confident now?
No! I'm the worst auditioner, really, really bad. I mean, you're being judged and I'm just so aware of it that it consumes me. I can't relax, I'm tied in knots, so the voice is very taut and tense. You're so aware that you're acting 'cause you're sitting across from this lady with a piece of paper who's going, ''I'm. Going. To. Shoot. You. If. You. Don't. Blah, blah, blah,'' in this emotionless voice. It's foul. I hate it.
You've played a modern Petruchio in ''10 Things I Hate About You,'' a knight, a soldier. What's your role in ''The Four Feathers,'' with Wes Bentley and Kate Hudson, like -- another big adventure?
Any child that would dream of being this character would be twisted. He's accused of being a coward. He's not. But society deems him one, because he hands in his resignation the night they're going off to the Sudan to fight.
Yet this is something like the fifth remake of the classic wartime coming of age story -- it's a story about courage, isn't it?
It's very cool. The director, Shekhar Kapur (''Elizabeth'') is brilliant. Shakhar, shaky. Salt shaker. He's an intense man, demands a lot from you, 24 hours, seven days a week without fail for the entire shoot, total commitment. So your head is just FRIED, but it's worth it. Four months in Morocco! I didn't get a day off on the whole shoot.
You, not Mel Gibson, were on the cover of Vanity Fair when ''The Patriot'' came out. How has life been different since then?
I was really slapped with the change when I went back home for two weeks. My hometown, Perth, is tiny -- 2 million people -- and it's the most isolated city in the world. So it's a big deal if you're from there and you're in this industry. It was a shock. Every move I made was written down and documented and released the next day on the front page of every f---ing paper. You kind of want to feel that if there's one place in the world that is always the same, it's your hometown or the town you grew up in. And it's gone now.
How do you deal with intrusive people?
You have to find the comedy in it. People around me don't realize how funny their reactions to me are and how funny everyone else is. Last night in New York, I went out to some bar and this big dude came up to me and stands like THIS close to my face shouting, ''ARE YOU HEATH LEDGER, ARE YOU HEATH LEDGER, ARE YOU HEATH?'' over and over and over again, until I was like ''Yes!'' And then he was like, ''WERE YOU IN 'THE PATRIOT'?'' Really obnoxious. So I just turned around to him and explained, like I do all the time, ''What would you think if just a complete f---ing stranger comes right up to you and gets in your face?'' Regardless of who it is, there's no excuse. If someone's an asshole, they're an asshole. I don't tolerate it. I'm polite about it. But I don't tolerate it.
Other actors say that being a celebrity is like becoming public property. True?
Exactly. It's like you're eating dinner in a restaurant and someone asks if they can take a photo with you and you explain, ''No, I'm out relaxing, I'm not working.'' And they're looking at you like, ''But... what? Aren't you just like that chair over there? I can take a photo of that chair. It's mine! It's ours!'' Whatever. I'm not really that bothered about it, I guess. I'm just talking about it because you asked.
"A lot of people think ambition or success and they think dollars," Ledger says. "My ambition is all in my head. I'm on a f---ing journey. I'm on a walkabout. It's about collecting wisdom of emotions and heart and self and understanding. Being absolutely comfortable with your body and life and the earth, sun, and moon being the only truths. That's what my success is, getting underneath that." For once, he stops doodling. "At the f---ing end of the day, that's the only thing you're going to carry with you when you die."
Ladies Heath held hands with - I just adore how he cocooned his lady friends' hands:
Naomi Watts from August 2002 to May 2004. Met doing Ned Kelly I think.
Heather Graham met in Prague, while Heath was filming A Knight's Tale, she filming Jack the Ripper thriller
Lisa Zane met doing Roar together
Michelle Williams met doing Brokeback Mountain
A quote of Heath that I especially like:
...“The power of belief, in a sense — it’s one of the strongest of all. And like religion, if you strongly believe in something, it comes true and it becomes a reality. In acting, I find that as well. If you believe it, you discover a truth and it’s quite spiritual…. Along that path, in discovering that character, you discover a lot about yourself.” end quote ~ I so love this.