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Toni Collette brings family to work

Toni Collette travels with her family to movie and TV sets
Toni Collette travels with her family to movie and TV sets

Toni Collette has revealed she wouldn't be working if she couldn't bring her family on set with her.

The Muriel's Wedding star has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her performance in Showtime TV show United States Of Tara, but told USA Today her family "travels as a unit" to movie and TV sets, and if they didn't she couldn't cope.

Toni, 37, said: "The fact that I can bring my child, my family to work saves me - if I couldn't, I don't think I'd be working, sadly, which would probably make me implode, it allows me to fly my kite."

The Australian actress has a two-year-old daughter with her husband Dave Galafassi, a drummer with whom Toni recorded her singing/songwriting debut album, 2006's Beautiful Awkward Pictures.

The Sixth Sense and Little Miss Sunshine star confessed she was wary of committing to a television role, worrying she might "get stuck there", but enjoys playing Tara, a suburban housewife with multiple personality disorder in the show, which is now returning with a second series.

She said: "I knew I wouldn't get pigeonholed. That was a consideration: No-one would typecast me."

And as a woman approaching 40, she does not worry about the roles drying up.

Toni said: "My career has never been based on how I look, and I don't want it to be. I like my work, like my life, to be much deeper than that.

"Even if there were offers flooding in, there would probably be maybe only one thing I'd love to do. It needs to be of a certain quality at this point."

PA Media

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