Star Profile: Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher is one of Hollywood’s emerging stars, working steadily as an actress for the past two decades. She has steadily climbed the Hollywood ladder to carve out quite a niche for herself in the industry and achieve worldwide acclaim. The British actress is now known outright as a celebrated actress, not only as the wife of comedian Sasha Baron Cohen (‘Borat’).
Fisher, who was born in Muscat, Oman on February 3, 1967 is of Scottish lineage through both mother and father. Her father was a United Nations worker and her mother was a romance novelist that moved the family about during her early years of life. Shortly after birth, her parents moved to Bathgate Scotland, and then to Perth, Australia, with her parents relocating her and her four brothers there when she was six years of age.
She delved into the acting arena from an early age, appearing on Australian television I commercials and television shows from the age of nine years old in shows like Bay City and Paradise Beach. By the time she reached 18 years of age, she had added author to her resume, publishing two novels for teenagers – Bewitched and Seduced by Fame. In interviews, Fisher has stated on many occasions that she would have been a writer if her acting career had not taken off. For over three years, she appeared on the popular Australian soap opera Home and Away, which netted her a Logi Award nomination for Most Popular Actress. After the series, Fisher moved to Paris to study at the prestigious L’Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq, a training school for artistic students. She then decided to hone her acting skills further by moving to England, where she starred in the miniseries Oliver Twist alongside Keira Knightly. Fisher next added theatre roles to her resume during this time as well, appearing in the London production of Cosi and with Darren Day in the hit musical Summer Holiday. In 2000, Isla continued on her career path by starring in the thriller Out of Depth and another miniseries, Hearts and Bones.
It was in 2002 that Fisher made her Hollywood debut portraying Mary Jane in the film Scooby-Doo. A natural red-head, she had to wear a wig for the film as her character could not have the same color hair as Sarah Michelle Gellar’s. The success of the film lead to representation by an American agency and more Hollywood roles. Next, Isla starred in the ensemble film I Heart Hucakbees, starring alongside Dustin Hoffman, Lily Tomlin, Naomi Watts, and Jude Law. The next major film for her was Wedding Crashers, starring members of ‘The Frat Pack’, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. Wedding Crashers became her biggest role to date, making her a household name to American audiences. The role won her the Breakthrough Performance Award at the MTV Movie Awards for the 2005 film. After this role, Fisher was cast in a slew of American movies and was introduced to a more widespread U.S. Audience.
Next up were roles in the drama London with Jessica Biel, Chris Evans and Jason Statham. In the film, Fisher plays a Manhattan party host. Up next was the rom-com Wedding Daze with Jason Biggs of American Pie fame, the thriller The Lookout with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Hot Rod with Andy Sandberg. A noted performance during this period was the romantic comedy Definitely, Maybe, which she co-starred in with Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, and Rachel Weisz. In addition to these acting roles, she co-wrote a script with Amy Poehler of Saturday Night Live fame called Groupies, as well as another script she wrote on her own – The Cookie Queen. Up next was a role that brought her even more attention and acclaim. Confessions of a Shopaholic was a box office success, which culminated in Fisher receiving another Teen Choice nomination. In 2010, she ventured into the genre of black comedy with Burke and Hare. Considered a comedic actress, Fisher has been quite vocal about the lack of diversity and comedic roles for women in film. She had a voice role in the animated film Rango, which featured the voices of fellow actors Johnny Depp and Abigail Breslin. In addition to these roles, she also lent her voice to the role of Tooth in the animated movie Rise of the Guardians, which debuted in 2012.
Up next for Isla is arguably her biggest film to date. Co-starring with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby is an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel that centers on a romance set during the Roaring Twenties. The film is directed by fellow Australian Baz Luhrmann and is considered one of the front-runners at next year’s Academy Awards. Fisher stars as Myrtle Wilson and the film, which is set for release later this year, and is already creating significant Oscar buzz. Filming for he movie began in Fisher’s native Australia in Sydney. Originally slated for a Christmas 2012 release, production and scheduling conflicts forced the date to be changed to summer 2013, on May 10th. The Great Gatsby will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival and be released in 3D as well as traditional formats.
Take a look at the trailer for the much-anticipated new film, The Great Gatsby.
Fisher’s personal relationships have included Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and her co-star Darren Day, whom she was engaged to for a brief period. For years, Isla was known as the girlfriend of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, whom she met in 2002 in Sydney, Australia. After two years of courtship, the couple became engaged in 2004. Six years later, they were wed in Paris, France. Fisher and Cohen have two daughters: Olive, born in 2007, and Elula, born in 2010. Before their marriage, Fisher converted to Cohen’s religion of Judaism, taking the Hebrew name Ayala in the process.
Isla is considered one of the most attractive women in Hollywood. She has been on the ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’ list for several years and is a mainstay on the red carpets for her fashion sense.