5 interesting facts you need to know about Ben Mendelsohn

Ben Mendelsohn is popularly known as an Australian national actor who caught the attention of Australian native moviegoers after his impressive performance in the 1987 film, The Year My Voice Broke He then achieved international recognition after he starred in the 2010 crime film, Animal Kingdom. One thing that makes him endearing happens to be the way he performs a villainous role, a character that seems to suit him quite well.

In 2016, his hard work paid off as he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. That same year, he was able to fulfill one of his earliest childhood dreams of one day starring in a Star Wars movie when he was cast as “Director Orson Krennic” in Rogue One: A Star Wars history Here are more compelling facts about him.

5 interesting facts you need to know about Ben Mendelsohn

1. Ben Mendelsohn’s Parents and Early Childhood

Ben Mendelsohn was born to Frederick Arthur OscarMendelsohn and Carole Ann (née Ferguson) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 3, 1969. His father is a professor emeritus as he was once the head of the Howard Florey Institute located in Melbourne. His mother, although deceased, was a registered nurse. Ben also has two brothers; David Mendelsohn and Tom Mendelsohn and they are registered nurses, just like their mother.

For his education, Ben was a student of Heidelberg Primary School; after graduation, he attended high schools in Banyule and Eltham. While in high school, he decided to take acting classes because he thought it was a much easier class to thrive in. Soon he came across an ad placement about auditioning for Crawford Productions. He was selected and thus given the chance to appear in one of the episodes of “Who Do You Think You Are” an Australian television series centered on tracking the ancestry of the contestant on the show.

2. Mendelsohn rarely observes his work

One thing that has been a code for Ben Mendelsohn is that he doesn’t watch his movies or his performances in any TV series he stars in. The reason for this is that most of the time, he finds himself critiquing his work from his appearance (like the way his head was tilted or the width of his eyes open) to the way his voice sounds. This was a major problem for him as he used to constantly find faults every time he watched himself but after he decided to stop watching his performances he found that more people told him that he had really improved.

Even if it was weird at first because he didn’t make her believe that it was possible for him to continue acting without correcting or improving what he thought needed to be improved. But as the compliments kept pouring in, he decided to stick to his decision. However, he made an exception for the Star Wars: Rogue One movie. This exception was made because he had been a huge fan of the Star Wars franchise since he was a child and playing a character in the film years later was a privilege he wanted to savor.

3. Marriage and Relationships

Ben Mandelson married prolific writer, Emma Forrest in June 2012. They were introduced to each other by Animal Kingdom director David Michod while attending an event in the States Before the couple were joined in holy matrimony, Emma wrote a memoir centered on her previous relationship with Collin Farrell. Although she didn’t mention the Irish actor’s name, the pseudonym she used and the way she wrote the memoir gave enough clues as to who the play was.

She revealed in an interview that she felt better writing about her partners than talking about them. Ben Mendelsohn and Forrest have a daughter together. He also had a daughter born from his previous relationship with an unnamed woman. The union between Ben and Emma ended in divorce in 2016.

4. Expert Focus

Ben Mendelsohn is an actor who is very good with accents. His ability to manipulate accents was in full swing in Star Wars: Rogue One, where he played the role of Krennic. According to Ben, his accent in the film was a mix of his classic British imperial sound and a bit of his natural Australian accent. More so, his accent maneuvering skills were further enhanced with the help of Thom Jones, professor and dialect coach at Brown University.

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5. Villain Roles

Sometimes being cast in a particular role for a long time can be a bit frustrating for an actor. As for Ben Mendelsohn, on the other hand, he relishes being cast as the villain in most of the movies and TV shows he stars in. Because of his looks, personality, and charm, audiences and casting directors alike love him playing the role of a villain because he does it so well.

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