Owen has deservedly received international kudos for her unforgettably powerful performance as Beth, including a recent Best Actress Award at the Montreal Film Festival. It was a role she wanted desperately and one that she felt close kinship with. Says Owen, "Female dramatic lead roles like Beth are so rare. I could have been a Beth -- I know lots of Beths. I could have quite easily been a Beth if my first love hadn't messed around on me because, when I was 16, I would have been happy to live in Moerewa for the rest of my life and have lots of babies. I've seen in a lot of women's lives what pain can do -- it can either drive you or it can defeat you.
Says director Tamahori, Rena is a very powerful actor and she was the only person who I ever had in mind for the role. I had seen Rena in the theatre but the country really hadn't seen her before so she was ripe to just blaze on the screen and amaze people, making them wonder where she had come from. She's a classically trained actor and she has a kind of method approach so she throws herself into it with enormous gusto. At times it was like she was walking on a razor's edge -- it was very scary at times."
Rena Owen Facts
|Birthday||July 22, 1962 (59)|
|Birthplace||Bay of Islands, New Zealand|
|Height||5' 6" (1m68) How tall is Rena Owen compared to you?|