Joel has “an earthy masculinity…[He’s] just a very masculine man. And that masculinity is really important - and really solid.”
"When we lost him from ‘The Secret Life of Us’ I think we lost something - in that case, a solid, working-class masculinity - from the show."
— John Edwards, producer of “The Secret Life of Us” and “Dangerous,” both of which co-starred Joel
Photo: Joel on the set of the television series “Dirt Game”
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After successfully working on the stage for several years, Joel decided to try his hand at television, and signed on in 2001 for a regular role on ”The Secret Life of Us,” the Australian drama which became an immediate hit. Surprised by the unexpected notoriety and a bit disconcerted by hearing himself described as a “heartthrob,” Joel admitted that the sudden fame was a new experience for him:
"It really wasn’t until I did ‘The Secret Life Of Us’ that anyone knew who I was…Being on TV and maybe being a public face doesn’t particularly interest me, but I am a bit nervous about it”
“Oh, man. If I never have to train that hard in my life ever again, I’ll be okay with it.”
"I think at some point I was training seven days a week when I should really have been resting occasionally. But there’s a need to get fit, get big, and learn the skills. Because at some point Tom and I knew we had to get our shirts off, stand in a cage, put our feet there and look like we belonged there."
— Joel Edgerton on his intense training for “Warrior”
"Hollywood is like the stock exchange. If your stock is high, then you’re in a good position. But when your film gets received in a lukewarm fashion, your stock doesn’t go anywhere."
— Joel Edgerton
"While his blue eyes might seem piercing at first glance, in truth they hide a sweet and vulnerable soul.”
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This photo of ”The Great Gatsby” press conference at Cannes, always makes me smile —
Everyone is looking so serious and proper - and then there’s Joel - sweetly waving to someone in the audience. :-)
“Joel Edgerton is tough as a bone, but his greatest strength as an actor might be his surprising tenderness.”
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"We lived in the countryside just near an immense national park, surrounded by miles and miles of forest. I spent a lot of time outdoors as a kid…I tended to run around the park making bows and arrows and pretending I was an adventurer.”
— Joel Edgerton
Edgerton “is very much at home in his own skin. He is lean and just the right amount of muscular – more like a swimmer than a boxer…He is a handsome not commonly found in show business, that of a high school star athlete whose face has weathered while still retaining its youth.”