16-Year-Old "Whale Rider" Star To Be A Mommy
Castle-Hughes became the youngest, uh, woman, nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 2004, for her debut performance as a Maori girl destined to become her tribe's leader in "Whale Rider." She followed up that turn with a role in "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," as the Queen of Naboo. Her next role? Playing the Virgin Mary in Catherine Hardwicke's "The Nativity Story," due this December.
Castle-Hughes next stars as Mary in December's "The Nativity Story"
According to gossip-scooper People Magazine, the baby's father is Castle-Hughes' boyfriend of three years, nineteen-year-old Bradley Hull. The two met in high school.
Castle-Hughes is also onboard the Australian coming-of-age dramedy "Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger," in which she's set to star with Toni Collette. It's about a 13-year-old Jewish girl (played by Aussie newcomer Danielle Catanzariti) who secretly switches from private to public school; production is scheduled to start this month, and Castle-Hughes is expected to give birth in the spring.