04:37 PM EDT 05/19/2015
Originally posted 05/13/2015 03:00PM
Keisha Castle-Hughes is a natural at playing a young warrior on HBO's Game of Thrones.
But then, she's had a lot of experience with fighting for her survival since bursting onto the Hollywood scene when she was only 13.
In case you've forgotten, Castle-Hughes was the 'tween from New Zealand who, at 13, became the youngest person ever to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her starring role in Whale Rider. The milestone had a profound effect on Castle-Hughes, who had never acted before she was plucked from obscurity.
Originally posted 09/16/2009 07:50AM
Since becoming a teenage parent, Whale Rider Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes is relishing the role of a lifetime – costarring her daughter.
"I absolutely love being a mother," Castle-Hughes, 19, told PEOPLE at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of her new movie The Vintner's Luck. "It's been a blessing. It's fun and it's hard, but it's absolutely amazing."
At the age of 17, Castle-Hughes gave birth to Felicity-Amore, now 2, with boyfriend Bradley Hull. Since then, she's chosen to be out of the Hollywood spotlight to focus on taking care of her toddler, who is blossoming into a mini version of herself.
Originally posted 06/11/2007 05:25PM
Keisha Castle-Hughes has opened up about becoming a mom at 17.
Originally posted 10/06/2006 08:30AM
Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes, 16, and her boyfriend, Bradley Hull, 19, are expecting their first child this spring, her rep tells PEOPLE. The two have been dating for three years.
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