Local favorite Joel Edgerton opens up on the birth of his twins

Notoriously private star Joel Edgerton opens up about the birth of his twins with partner Christine Centenera and says he wants to raise his ‘Aussie’ kids

Hometown Hollywood star Joel Edgerton opened up about the importance of family and the birth of his twins with partner Christine Centenera.

The notoriously private Star Wars fan favourite, 48, says he wants to raise his children in Australia, despite the demands of a jet-setting career as a major actor.

In a candid interview on Saturday’s show Herald-Sunthe Obi-Wan star has revealed he almost turned down a role in the new blockbuster Thirteen Lives for the sake of his young family.

Hollywood favorite Joel Edgerton has opened up about the birth of his twins with partner Christine Centenera and says he wants to raise his ‘Aussie’ kids

Based on the 2018 Thai cave rescue, the Amazon Prime film was filmed in Queensland last year while Christine was pregnant.

Joel told the film’s famed Hollywood director, Ron Howard, that he would only play the role if he could have time off to be with his birth partner.

Complicating the situation were pandemic travel restrictions which he said made things “tricky”.

“It was supposed to be: shooting the movie, a month off, welcoming the babies. And they, like the twins, arrived incredibly early.

In a candid interview in the Herald-Sun on Saturday, the Obi-Wan star revealed he nearly turned down a role in the new blockbuster Thirteen Lives for the sake of his young family.  Pictured: Joel Edgerton and Christine Centenera on July 18, 2022 in London, England

In a candid interview in the Herald-Sun on Saturday, the Obi-Wan star revealed he nearly turned down a role in the new blockbuster Thirteen Lives for the sake of his young family. Pictured: Joel Edgerton and Christine Centenera on July 18, 2022 in London, England

Joël was able to benefit from a week of rest to welcome his children, born in May 2021.

Joel plays rescue diver and anesthetist Dr Richard Harry’ Harris in Thirteen Lives, the latest in a long line of high-profile roles that have been kept away from his home base of Australia.

He recently completed a role in George Clooney’s The Boys in the Boat, which was filmed in London. He also appeared in the Disney+ series Obi Wan Kenobi.

Joel told the film's famed Hollywood director, Ron Howard, that he would only play rescue diver and anesthetist Dr Richard Harry' Harris if he could have time off to be with his birth partner. twins.  Pictured: A scene from Thirteen Lives

Joel told the film’s famed Hollywood director, Ron Howard, that he would only play rescue diver and anesthetist Dr Richard Harry’ Harris if he could have time off to be with his birth partner. twins. Pictured: A scene from Thirteen Lives

But now Joel says he thinks more about trying to plan projects made in Australia – where his parents are based.

He said he missed Australia when he was out of town.

“I would really like to be in Australia more, to tour there more, and I really want my kids to sound a bit like us,” he explained.

“You know what, it’s not about an accent, it’s about an identity, and I wish they had an Australian identity.”

Christina currently works as Fashion Director for Vogue Australia and as a designer for her own line, Armoire NYC.

The couple began their relationship at GQ Australia’s Men of the Year Awards in Sydney in November 2018.

Joel rose to fame as an actor in the hit series The Secret Life of Us twenty years ago. Since then, he’s racked up credits as a writer, producer and director, including the American thriller The Gift from 2015.

Joel and Christina seen in 2019 The couple started their relationship at GQ Australia's Men of the Year Awards in Sydney in November 2018

Joel and Christina seen in 2019 The couple started their relationship at GQ Australia’s Men of the Year Awards in Sydney in November 2018

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