Two young children and a working relationship: Inside Rose Byrne's "bonkers" family life.

For many Australians, watching Two Hands was the first time they set eyes on Rose Byrne.

The comedy crime film, which was released in 1999, starred Rose Byrne alongside David Field, Bryan Brown and of course, the late Heath Ledger.

The movie, which has since been described as an Australian classic, is often noted as the source of Ledger’s big break.

And in the years since the quirky film was released, Rose Byrne has certainly become a Hollywood star in her own right.

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Rose Byrne in Two Hands. Image: IMDB.
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Rose Byrne and Heath Ledger in Two Hands. Image: IMDB.

Over the years, the now 40-year-old has starred in a number of big films including 28 Weeks Later, Insidious, and X-Men: First Class as well as a spot on TV show Damages, which earned her two Golden Globes nominations.

In more recent years, the actress has also stepped into a number of comedic roles, including Get Him to the Greek, Neighbours, Bridesmaids, and The Internship.

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With Byrne's latest film, Like a Boss, coming to Australian cinemas this month, here's everything you need to know about the Australian actress.

Rose Byrne's childhood and career.

Rose Byrne was born in Balmain in Sydney, New South Wales.

Byrne, who was born to parents June and Robin, is the youngest of four children in her "close-knit" family. She has an older brother, George, and two older sisters, Alice and Lucy.

Amid attending Balmain Public School and Hunters Hill High School, Byrne began taking acting classes when she was just eight years old.

Despite her early start in the field, however, Byrne experienced "plenty of rejection" from Australian film schools.

After studying an Arts degree at Sydney University, Byrne went on to study acting at the Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in 1999.

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Before she started acting school, Rose Byrne's acting career actually began in 1994, when she was just 15 years old.

From there, she starred in a number of Australian television shows, including Echo Point in 1995 and Wildside in 1997.

Byrne's first appearance in a Hollywood film came in 2002 when she made a brief appearance as Dormé in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.

"That was easy, I just stood by Natalie Portman looking very serious," Byrne said of her appearance in the film.

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Natalie Portman and Rose Byrne in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. Image: YouTube.

Byrne's big breakthrough in Hollywood came in 2007, when she starred in two sci-fi films – Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later.

2011 was another big year for Byrne, with the actress appearing in Insidious, Bridesmaids and X-Men: First Class.

Rose Byrne's family life.

In 2003, Byrne began dating Australian actor and screenwriter Brendan Cowell.

The pair dated for six years, with Cowell moving to New York City from Sydney to be with Byrne, until they amicably separated in early 2010.

Two years later, Byrne began dating American actor Bobby Cannavale.

Cannavale, 49, is best known for his appearances in Will & Grace, Mr Robot, Boardwalk Empire, Master of None and Netflix's The Irishman.

Although Byrne isn't engaged or married to her long-time partner, she does refer to Cannavale as her "husband".

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Rose Byrne and Bobby Cannavale. Image: Getty.

"He's practically my husband, so calling him that is easier," Byrne told Evening Standard.

"The formality isn't a draw for me, but we'll do it one day. Once you have children, I just think, why not?"

On February 1, 2016, the couple's first son, Rocco Robin Cannavale, was born.

The couple welcomed their second son, Rafa, in November 2017, who was named after tennis star Rafael Nadal.

Cannavale also has a 24-year-old son, Jake, who he shares with actress Jenny Lumet. The 24-year-old recently starred in Disney Plus series, The Mandalorian. 


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Speaking to MiNDFOOD in November 2018, Byrne opened up about life with her two young sons, describing it as "completely bonkers".

"I’m always thinking I’m going to be on top of everything and I never am," she admitted.

"I’m always completely overwhelmed. I have no business telling anyone how to do parenting. I’m totally learning on the job," she added.


"What’s great is the universal language you have with people, calling mum or my sisters or my best friend or people I work with, anyone, and I’ll ask, 'How did you do this?' That’s what’s really lovely about having a family is the instant kind of community you find."


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Since welcoming their two children, Byrne and Cannavale have increasingly taken on roles together.

In fact, in the eight years that the pair have been a couple, they've worked together over five times.

"It starts out as a very pragmatic thing," Cannavale told Vanity Fair.

"You have the kids, the kids are getting bigger, and you don't want to spend time apart."

The couple, who are based in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill neighbourhood, will return to Australia in December 2020 to make their stage debut as a couple in the Sydney Theatre Company adaption of A View From The Bridge.

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Like a Boss is coming to Australian cinemas on January 23, 2020.

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