December 10, 2020
In the BBC series "Wanderlust," Toni Collette plays a therapist involved in an open marriage, but her real life couldn't be more different.
The Australian actress and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette shocked audiences with her portrayal of a lecherous middle-aged woman in the BBC's 2018 drama series "Wanderlust."
Toni Collette and Dave Galafassi at G'Day USA 2010 Los Angeles Black Tie Gala in Hollywood | Source: Getty Images
MEETING DAVE GALAFASSI
Collette revealed that she met her handsome husband Galafassi, with whom she shares two children, daughter Sage, 12, and son Arlo, 9, in her native Australia.
The two first ran into each other after a concert Galafassi played in in Sydney; and then met up again at a friend's party, which was when the sparks flew.
Galafassi and Collette tied the knot in 2003 at her home in Berry, Australia. The couple's guests were treated to a lush vegetarian banquet followed by a dazzling fireworks display.
Before they decided to become parents, the couple made beautiful music together and formed a band, The Finish, in 2006 in which he plays the drums, and she sings.
The Finish released their first (and only) album, "Beautiful Awkward Pictures," in 2006, and Collette wrote all 11 tracks and provided the vocals, adding songwriter to her list of talents.
But despite the reasonably positive response by critics and audiences, the couple's foray into music was sidetracked by a momentous event: the birth of their first child.
As much as she loves being a mother and adores her children, Academy Award-nominee Collette has never considered giving up her work
In December 2008, Collette and Galafassi welcomed little Sage, and their lives changed forever. Becoming a mother was especially challenging due to Collette's work.
The actress has an insane work schedule. Between 2006 and 2008, she made 8 movies, among which was the Academy Award-winning film "Little Miss Sunshine."
Since she welcomed her daughter in 2008 and her son Arlo in 2011, Collette's hectic work pace hasn't slowed down, and she admits being a working mom can be a challenge.
In order to cope with raising two children and making films and TV series non-stop, Collette admitted that she and Galafassi have occasionally hired nannies to help out.
Nevertheless, Collette and Galafassi describe themselves as hands-on-parents who spend as much time as they can with their two kids despite their demanding jobs. Collette said:
"We've had nannies from time to time, but we had kids because we wanted children and we want to be with them."
"My children are the lights of my life and I certainly can't imagine my life without them. But I can't imagine my life without acting either."
Toni Collette and Dave Galafassi at the world premiere of 'Beautiful Kate' in 2009 in Sydney, Australia | Source: Getty Images
HOME TO AUSTRALIA
A grateful Collette reached out to the first responders who saved her husband's life. Fortunately, Galafassi recovered, and the near-fatal accident has drawn the couple even closer together.
The family is now established in Australia, but Collette travels frequently to the United States and to Europe to make movies and film series.
Fans can look forward to seeing her in the forthcoming Guillermo Del Toro film, "Nightmare Alley," and the new Joe Penna sci-fi movie, "Stowaway."