It was in 1995 that he first hit the scene and Joel Edgerton has continued to win hearts more than two decades down the line. The Australian actor and filmmaker got his breakout role in 2001 when he appeared as Will McGill in the first and second seasons of The Secret Life of Us.
In the years that followed, he continued to establish himself in the industry with his involvement in productions such as The Square, The Great Gatsby, and Loving which earned him so much praise. Considering the award-winning actor’s surge in popularity in recent years, it is safe to assert that this Joel wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Since Joel is going to be on your screens for more than a few more years, it’s probably best to familiarize yourself with who the actor is.
Unknown Facts About Joel Edgerton
1. He Has Always Loved Acting
Born on the 23rd of June 1974 into the family of Michael Edgerton, a lawyer cum property developer and Marianne, a stay-at-home mom; Joel Edgerton has always been in love with acting. He even dreamed of becoming an actor when he was only a child.
He has always wanted to play the role of a spy in a movie since he was 10. This led him to keep a spy kit: a pair of binoculars, a little recorder, and a book.
2. His Brother Also Loves Acting
Joel’s love for acting is something he shares with his brother, Nash Edgerton, who is a famed stuntman and film director.
While Nash is not as famous as his younger brother, he has credits for roles in many films, including some sets he shared with his brother like in Star Wars (Episode II and III). His other films include The Matrix Trilogy, The Thin Red Line, and Superman Returns.
3. Joel Edgerton Was Raised In a Homophobic Town
The actor has always known that he’s straight, and that made it easy for him to flow in the town he was raised as it was one that was homophobic. Because of this, he never saw any kid declaring to be gay while he was in high school.
In 2018, he co-wrote, co-produced, and directed the well-acclaimed film Boy Erased, which dwells on the gay son of a Baptist pastor who is outed to his parents. He is then pressured into attending a gay conversion therapy camp of which the head therapist is played by Joel Edgerton.
4. Joel Once Feared Success in Hollywood
Although success has already closed upon him, the actor once revealed that he so much feared success in Hollywood because it might end up ruining him. While it might not be drugs or any of such things, he felt he might end up doing a couple of roles that are not good and it might end things for him.
5. Is He Married?
Joel Edgerton is already approaching half a century, but he is still yet to get married although he has been in a few relationships in the past. Even as he is one of the not-too-many stars who always keep their private lives under wraps, the actor is known to have dated Cathy Freeman, an athlete from 2003 to 2005 and then Robin McLeavy from 2009 to 2010. The next woman who would find herself among the women to have gone out with the actor is Alexis Blake.
In 2016, words on the streets revealed that he was going out with model Wanessa Milhomem. After this, pictures of Joel Edgerton and Jennifer Lawrence made the rounds following their appearance together in Red Sparrow. This made some to believe that they were dating. However, it turned out that Christine Centenera, Vogue Australia fashion director, is the lover he settled for. Since 2018, they have remained together.
6. What Is His Net Worth?
The Australian Hollywood star has all his assets and money estimated at $3 million. The modest fortune is a result of his years in the industry. Considering he is experiencing a surge in popularity right now, that amount should be expected to go up in the coming years.
7. Joel Edgerton Was Once a Devout Catholic
While growing up in Dural, Edgerton was a devout catholic. He was so drawn to the faith that he observed most of its practices.