Keisha Castle-Hughes got an early start in her professional life. At 12, she was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award (Oscar) for her wonderful portrayal of Paikea in Whale Rider. Four years later, she's in the holiday feature film The Nativity Story playing the Virgin Mary. In a strange parallel with the film, the 16 year-old Keisha has admitted to being .
Not an immaculate conception, the father is long-time boyfriend Bradley Hull. The couple are not currently married. Indeed, Keisha's own parents never married, so perhaps we should expect the same with Keisha and Bradley. Whatever the case, both are said to be "happy and excited" about the coming child -- though Vatican officials certainly are not. They reportedly uninvited Keisha from the The Nativity Story's world premiere being held at the Vatican.
I dearly hope Keisha remains proud and true to herself amidst this political storm. I also hope she and Bradley finds great joy in the birth of their child. As with The Nativity Story...
Further, the Vatican missed a golden opportunity in recognizing that Keisha has chosen to keep the child. How many 16 year-olds would have made a different choice?
Keisha Castle-Hughes Trivia
Keisha Castle-Hughes as Virgin Mary
Born 24 March 1990, Keisha is expecting her first child in 2007 with her boyfriend of 3 years, 19-year-old Bradley Hull.
Keisha declared that one of her biggest challenges in making Whale Rider (2002) was going barefoot all the time.
During an interview with Jay Leno, she confessed she didn't know how to swim when she was cast in Whale Rider (2002).
Stays in contact with her 'Whale Rider' (2002) co-star Cliff Curtis.
[on roles she's been offered since Whale Rider] "They're all really sexual roles or they all think that I'm still 11. They send me scripts and I say that I'm too young or not old enough and they're like, 'Well just come in and see us.' And so I go in and they're like, 'Oh, you've got tall and you've got hips and you've got boobs.' And I'm like, 'Yeah. That's what happens.'
Keisha Castle-Hughes Links
- Keisha Castle-Hughes Wikipedia entry
- Keisha Castle-Hughes IMDB entry
- Keisha_Castle-Hughes IMDB Gallery
- Pregnant teen 'Nativity' star gets snub from the Vatican
- The Nativity Story: There's something about Mary - Excellent piece on how she got the part of the Virgin May and the director's impressions of the young woman.
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