Uh-uh, y'all; the folks Down Under aren't exempt. Maori-blooded Miss Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell (don't you just love her name?!) got her stellar, break-out role at the age of 16...by accident. As Grace Heke in the acclaimed Once Were Warriors (depicted left), she brought tragedy and vulnerability to a violent tale of familial dysfunction and post-colonial cultural identity struggle.
And yet, even though she kept acting after that, I still can't find a decent publicity photo of the woman. Pourquoi? When she did what she did at 16, in 1994, in one of the most visceral and heart-wrenching films of that decade, why wasn't Hollywood blowing up her number? You could say, "But, like, dude, she's, like, foreign or whatever." Uh...does that's stop Hollywood from wooing and overpaying white actresses from Western Europe, Australia, and Canada? I don't think so!