Miranda Otto Breaks Through Anew with 'Cashmere Mafia'
Miranda Otto Breaks Through Anew with 'Cashmere Mafia'
Perhaps not as easily familiar and recognizable as her fellow Cashmere Mafia co-star, Lucy Liu, but Miranda Otto is no greenhorn in the entertainment business.  The petite actress from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia has paid her dues to get where she is now in her career, not to mention the fact that acting is already in her blood.

Otto stars alongside Liu, Frances O'Connor and Bonnie Somerville in Cashmere Mafia, the latest from Sex and the City creator, Darren Star.

Prior to being cast as hotel executive Juliet Draper on Cashmere Mafia, Miranda Otto gained worldwide recognition as the brave and beautiful Eowyn on Peter Jackson's Academy Award-winning epic rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings Trilogy.  Her other big screen credits include working with Tom Cruise under the direction of Steven Spielberg in War of the Worlds, and as part of Terence Malick's ensemble cast for The Thin Red Line.

Otto was born into a family of thespians.  Both her parents, Barry and Lindsay, are actors.  She is also a product of the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Australia.  Since taking on the role of Juliet on Cashmere Mafia, Otto now has her hands full working on a television series set in the Big Apple.

“I think, generally, the door has been open a lot for people from Australia in recent years both in film and television, but I think that American television at the moment is so interesting and, particularly, the characters for women are so fantastic that that's drawing a lot of us over,” Otto told the Boston Herald.  “I've been looking at film roles and I couldn't find the silly things I wanted to do.  And then I started looking at [television] pilots and there's just fantastic material.  And it's quite risky material and sort of very current and modern, and it just really drew me in.  And I liked the idea of having a character over a long period of time and developing it.”

The actress, who once had dreams of becoming a doctor, also spoke about her experience filming in New York.

“New York is like the city of cities to me.  I love London and I love being in Sydney, but New York, it's the greatest city in the world,” Otto raved.  “I love the pace and the energy of the place.  I love the fact that it's not all centered around acting.  There's so many people doing different things there. It's culturally really diverse.”

-Rosario Santiago, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Boston Herald
(Image Courtesy of ABC)