> Homegrown fave Joel Edgerton opens up on the birth of his twins

Homegrown fave Joel Edgerton opens up on the birth of his twins

Notoriously private star Joel Edgerton opens up on the birth of his twins with partner Christine Centenera and says he wants to bring his kids up ‘Aussie’

Homegrown Hollywood star Joel Edgerton has opened up about the importance of family and the birth of his twins with partner Christine Centenera.

The notoriously private 48-year-old Star Wars fan favourite says he wants to bring his children up in Australia, despite the demands of a jet-set career as a major actor.

In a candid interview in Saturday’s Herald-Sun, the Obi-Wan star revealed that he came close to turning down a part in the new blockbuster Thirteen Lives for the sake of his young family.

Homegrown Hollywood fave Joel Edgerton has opened up on the birth of his twins with partner Christine Centenera and says he wants to bring his kids up ‘Aussie’

Based on the 2018 Thai cave rescue, the Amazon Prime movie was filmed in Queensland last year when Christine was expecting.

Joel told the film’s famed Hollywood director Ron Howard that he would only do the part if he could have time off to be with his partner for the birth.

Complicating the situation were pandemic travel restrictions which he said made things ‘tricky’.

‘It was supposed to be: shoot the movie, month off, welcome babies. And they, as twins do, came incredibly early.’

In a candid interview in Saturday's Herald-Sun, the Obi-Wan star revealed that he came close to turning down a part in the new blockbuster Thirteen Lives for the sake of his young family. Pictured: Joel Edgerton and Christine Centenera  in July 18, 2022 in London, England

In a candid interview in Saturday’s Herald-Sun, the Obi-Wan star revealed that he came close to turning down a part in the new blockbuster Thirteen Lives for the sake of his young family. Pictured: Joel Edgerton and Christine Centenera  in July 18, 2022 in London, England

Joel was able to have a week off to welcome his children, who were born in May, 2021.

Joel plays rescue diver and anesthetist Dr. Richard Harry’ Harris in Thirteen Lives, the latest in a long line of high-profile roles that have kept away from his home base in Australia.

He recently completed a role in George Clooney’s The Boys in the Boat, which was filmed in London. He has also appeared in Disney+ series Obi Wan Kenobi.

Joel told the film's famed Hollywood director Ron Howard that he would only do the part of rescue diver and anaesthetist Dr. Richard Harry' Harris if he could have time off to be with his partner for the birth of his twins. Pictured: A scene from Thirteen Lives

Joel told the film’s famed Hollywood director Ron Howard that he would only do the part of rescue diver and anaesthetist Dr. Richard Harry’ Harris if he could have time off to be with his partner for the birth of his twins. Pictured: A scene from Thirteen Lives

But now, Joel says he is thinking more about trying to plan projects to made in Australia – where his parents are based.

He said he misses Australia when he’s out of town. 

‘I would definitely like to be in Australia more, shooting there more, and I really want my kids to sort of sound a bit like us,’ he explained.

‘You know what, it’s not about an accent, it’s about an identity, and I’d love for them to have an Australian identity.’

Christina currently works as the fashion director for Vogue Australia and as a designer for her own line, Wardrobe NYC.

The couple debuted their relationship at GQ Australia’s Men of the Year Awards in Sydney in November 2018.

Joel rose to fame as an actor on the hit series The Secret Life of Us, twenty years ago. Since then he has notched up credits as writer, producer and director, including the US made thriller The Gift from 2015.

Joel and Christina seen in 2019 The couple debuted their relationship at GQ Australia's Men of the Year Awards in Sydney in November 2018

Joel and Christina seen in 2019 The couple debuted their relationship at GQ Australia’s Men of the Year Awards in Sydney in November 2018

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