Miranda Otto: LA Is Like A Major Character

Miranda Otto: LA Is Like A Major Character

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Miranda Otto plays the ex wife of Greg Kinnear in the new FOX show "Rake". When we first see her on the show, Otto appears to be Kinnear's therapist until she mentions their marriage...then slaps him. Steve and Lisa asked Miranda how it felt to hit an Oscar nominee.

"The funny thing is when we're shooting I have to slap him on the face and we shot it so many times that I cracked him on the face so many times so hard, in the end he kept putting his hand up to try and stop me!"

"Rake" was originally a series in Australia and was a big hit. Steve pointed out Miranda had a connection to that version: she and the actor playing the Kinnear role were once a couple.

"Yeah, we were, a long time ago...it's kinda ancient history but yeah we were."

Otto talks Kinnear's character is always chasing what he wants and never thinks about the consequences. Does that make him a loser, as Steve and Lisa describe him?

"He's just kinda just constantly following his desires you know, like that's sorta what the term "rake" means, it's a man that sorta follows his pleasure in life but he constantly has to kinda pay for it."

Rake premieres Thursday night at 9 on FOX.

Fun Facts About Miranda Otto: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) She is an Australian actress. The daughter of actors Barry and Lindsay Otto and the sister of actress Gracie Otto, Otto began her acting career in 1986, and has performed in a variety of independent and major studio films.

2) Otto made her major film debut in Emma's War, in which she played a teenager who moves to Australia's bush country during World War II. After a decade of critically acclaimed roles in Australian films, Otto gained Hollywood's attention during the 1990s after appearing in supporting roles in the films The Thin Red Line and What Lies Beneath. She become a household name in the early 2000s for playing Éowyn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

3) Otto's first post-graduation film role in 1991, as Nell Tiscowitz in The Girl Who Came Late, was her breakthrough role, which brought her to the attention of the Australian film industry and the general public. In the film, directed by Kathy Mueller, she starred as a young woman who could communicate with horses. Her appearance garnered Otto her first Australian Film Institute nomination for "Best Actress" the following year.

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