Abbie Cornish

  • Australian actress
  • Born August 7, 1982

Abbie Cornish (born 7 August 1982), also known by her rap name MC Dusk, is an Australian actress and rapper. Following her lead performance in 2004's Somersault, Cornish is best known for her film roles as Fanny Brawne in Bright Star (2009), Sweet Pea in Sucker Punch (2011), Lindy in Limitless (2011) and for her work with writer/director Martin McDonagh in Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017). For the latter, Cornish won her first Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the cast.

I'm a vegetarian and very much active in regards to how I feel about animal rights and protecting animals and giving animals a voice. But at the same time, I appreciate and respect other people's decisions to eat meat. The only thing that I hope is that people are educated, that they're aware, that they're living a conscious lifestyle.

When I was a teenager, me and a couple of my friends entered a couple of modeling competitions just for fun, and one of those got me an agent in Sydney.

I've got heaps of dreams.

I'm portable. I carry a laptop and a little recording studio on my back.

I think as a child you know when it's time for your parents to split. You realise they love each other, but they're not in love with each other. And I think as a child it's much better for your parents to split than for them to stay and have dysfunction within the family.

I didn't go to the cinemas a lot as a kid.

My mum is an artist and very into creative expression and freedom.

Playing different characters in different films helps keep you excited about what you do. It always seems like a whole new adventure.

I think it's really important to live in the moment.

When I step into a character's shoes, I don't judge them. I make a conscious effort not to look from the outside in but look from the inside out, and when you do that it allows you to feel and sense things more, and act and react from a core, you know?

To be honest, I enjoy all different types of films and experiences.

I'm one of five kids and we lived on a massive farm in New South Wales with my mum and dad.

Something I've noticed as I get older is that I do think about the future more. It's all positive thinking.

I got into DJing and making beats when I was about 17. I was always fascinated by the four elements of hip-hop: you know, writing, rhyming, breakdancing and graffiti.

Growing up on a farm was the best. I remember loving that expanse of space. The sky at night was so clear, I could see every star.

I play the keyboard, piano - I like making beats.

I'm pretty unusual for an actress in Hollywood because I am totally unselfconscious about my body.

I'm a fan of Bradley Cooper's.

I had an amazing childhood.

I don't see the point in working just to be working.

In real life, I'm pretty much an eternal optimist.

I live a normal life.

I used to paint a lot of oil and now I paint more mixed-media stuff.

I love love stories, no matter how dark.

I'm always writing lyrics. I have so many lyrics on so many stray pieces of paper. Everywhere.

I've been rapping since I was 18 years old, with a crew called Blades.

I'm very passionate.

A lot of people I make music with are really talented and it doesn't stop at one instrument.

I'm a bit hyperactive as an actor, I like to keep moving.