Teresa At A Glance
Name: Teresa Mary Palmer
Nicknames: Tez or Tezza
Date Of Birth: 26 February 1986
Place Of Birth: Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Parents: Kevin Palmer & Paula Sanders
Height: 5′ 4½” (1.64 m)
Spouse: Mark Webber (21 December 2013 – present)
Children: Bodhi Rain Webber (17 February 2014) & Forest Sage Palmer (December 12, 2016)
Palmer was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. She is the only child of Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former nurse and missionary. Her parents divorced in 1989 when she was three. She has a stepmother, Karen Palmer, as well as two half-sisters and two stepbrothers, who lived with her father. Palmer stated to Interview that she “came from rather humble beginnings”; she lived in public housing with her mother, and grew up on her father’s farm in the Adelaide Hills. Palmer was named after Mother Teresa by her mother, and has stated that she had a “tough upbringing” due to her mother’s manic depression.
Palmer was a student at Mercedes College, a private Catholic day school, and won a local casting audition, “Search for a Movie Star”, in 2003. Her first acting job was dressing up as Strawberry Shortcake and Santa’s Little Helper on weekends for promotions in shopping centers near Adelaide. Palmer went to acting classes for a couple of years and appeared in a few television commercials. She was a fast food attendant at Hungry Jack’s in Rundle Mall in 2005, before working at clothing retailers Supré, Mambo Australia, and Cotton On.
After graduating from high school, Palmer got a call from her local talent agent about appearing in a student film, 2:37. The director had seen her head shot on the acting agency’s website and wanted her to be in the movie. Palmer thought that she would work in an animal rescue service, and eventually open her own animal welfare agency. She was accepted into university to study teaching and was taking a course on journalism, but had always dreamt of acting. Palmer quit university to work on the film.
Palmer has been the co-number one ticket holder, since 2009, of the Port Adelaide Football Club, along with Australian television presenter David Koch. She is also the number one ticket holder for the Unley Mercedes Jets, a Division 1 Amateur team in the Adelaide Football League. It is a tradition for clubs to recognize a prominent supporter as the number one ticket holder. Palmer went to games with the team, she spoke at functions, and performed a game-beginning coin toss. Palmer began dating actor/director Mark Webber in late-2012 after contacting him via Twitter. They became engaged in August 2013, and married on 21 December 2013 in Mexico. Their first child, Bodhi Rain Webber, was born in February 2014. In May 2016, the couple announced they are expecting their second child together. Their second son, Forest Sage Palmer, was born in December 2016.
Through her marriage, Palmer is also a stepmother to Webber’s son from Webber’s previous relationship with actress Frankie Shaw. The family resides in the Beachwood Canyon community of Los Angeles. In November 2012, Palmer and friend Phoebe Tonkin launched the health and wellness website Your Zen Life.
She also co-founded a sister site to Your Zen Life called Your Zen Mama with her friend, actress Sarah Wright.