He got his first real acting break in crime thriller Two Hands alongside fellow Australian Rose Byrne when he was 20. And once his Hollywood career was launched in movies like The Patriot, Monster Ball and, perhaps most famously, Brokeback Mountain and The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger opened his Los Angeles home to struggling Aussie actors.
Recalling his inordinate generosity, Dallas Doll star Rose, who is judging this year’s Heath Ledger scholarship programme, told Sunrise on Wednesday: ‘He was an incredibly generous guy. […] He always had multiple people staying at his house, like me. There was an open-door policy, he always helped, and he would always pay for everything.’
The actress, who met the star on Two Hands – in which they played on-screen lovers- and later become a close friend in real life, said Ledger put himself out to help others. ‘He was such a generous person and that scholarship continues that spirit on.’
The Sydney-born star is on the judging panel of this year’s scholarship programme alongside actors Vince Vaughn and Ben Mendelsohn. Heath died at age 28, as a result of an accidental overdose of six different types of prescription medications in New York in 2008. His legacy of giving continues, however, in the scholarship that offers $10,000 grants to give Australia’s rising stars the chance to emulate the Oscar winner’s experience as an actor.
22 April 2015 admin Comment Interviews, News