Isla Fisher BiographyIsla Lang Fisher is an Anglo-Australian actress, writer, wife of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, and mother of three children.
The red-haired beauty, known for her roles in comedies such as David Dobkin's "Wedding Crashers", P.J. Hogan's "Confessions of a Shopaholic", Leslye Headland's "Bachelorette", Adam Brooks' "Definitely, Maybe", Louis Leterrier's thriller "Now You See Me", and Baz Luhrmann's drama "The Great Gatsby", has proven her ability to convincingly perform in both comedic and dramatic roles, according to film critics.
ChildhoodIsla was born on February 3, 1976, in the capital of the Sultanate of Oman, Muscat, where her family was living at the time, having moved there from the Scottish town of Bathgate. Due to the nature of her father's work, an employee of the UN banking structure, the family often moved. When she was six, the entire family — the parents, Isla, and her four brothers — briefly returned home to the United Kingdom, then set off again, this time to Perth, Western Australia.
The girl, named after the Scottish island of Islay, first attended Swanbourne Primary School, and then Methodist Ladies' College. It is known that even then she showed an interest in acting– she played lead roles in school productions, notably in the musical "Little Shop of Horrors", based on the eponymous black comedy film by director Roger Corman about the misfortunes of a flower shop worker who nurtured a plant that fed on human blood and flesh.
Career DevelopmentThe delicate Scottish girl began appearing on Australian television, specifically in commercials, from the age of 9. She then managed to land a role in the popular youth series Paradise Beach. This project was a good starting point for her to gain experience and practical acting skills.
Acting was not the only passion of the young girl. As it turned out, she was also involved in writing her own books. In 1994, with the help of her mother, who is a writer, she published two novels, Bewitched and Seduced by Fame, which were successful among readers. According to Isla, if she had not been able to build a successful acting career, she would have devoted herself entirely to writing.
For three years, starting at the age of 18, she starred in one of the longest-running and most popular Australian TV series 'Home and Away', which addressed many pressing issues - attitudes towards teenage pregnancy, alcoholism, drug addiction, suicide, violence. In 1996, after the role of Shannon Reed in this series, she received a nomination for the television award Logies (this award is named after John Logie Baird, the inventor of mechanical TV, and is considered the Australian equivalent of the Emmy award) in the category "Best Actress".
After leaving the series, the actress considered getting a professional education. For this purpose, she enrolled in the famous Parisian school of mime Jacques Lecoq, where Pierre Richard, Christoph Marthaler, Luc Bondy, and several hundred other actors and directors, whose names are rightfully inscribed in the history of theater, studied.
In Britain, the actress appeared in pantomimes, participated in a touring tour with the musical Summer Holiday (an adaptation of the eponymous musical film with Cliff Richard in the main role, played by Darren Day in the updated version), and also performed in the London production of the play Cosi by Australian playwright Louis Nowra. In 2001, she starred in the German slasher The Pool by Boris von Sychowski about students who decided to have fun after passing exams in a water park, when suddenly a maniac killer appears inside, and the exit doors turn out to be closed.
In 2002, she moved to Los Angeles with her friend Sacha Baron Cohen and began to develop her career on the big screen. Her film debut was the role of Shaggy's girlfriend, who is allergic to dogs, in the comedy Scooby-Doo, based on the animated series about the incredible adventures of teenagers, fascinated by solving intricate cases and mystical mysteries, and their talking dog.
In 2003, the actress starred in the Australian comedy 'The Wannabes' by Nick Giannopoulos. The film received a cool reception from critics but collected more than $1.2 million at the box office in Australia. She then starred in the philosophical comedy 'I Heart Huckabees' by David O. Russell, which was released in 2004.
Her next role as the bride's girlfriend in the popular 2005 comedy 'Wedding Crashers' was the girl's first noticeable work in Hollywood. Isla was accompanied on set by such stars as Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken. For this role, she received two nominations for the Teen Choice Awards, a youth award from Fox, and became the winner of the MTV movie award in the category "Breakthrough of the Year".
In 2005, during the movie promotion campaign, Isla was "crowned" on Rove McManus's comedy show Rove as his thousandth guest.
In 2006, she played the role of Rebecca in the melodrama 'London'. Her character, along with Sid, played by Chris Evans, and Bateman, played by Jason Statham, during the farewell party of Sid's ex-girlfriend (Jessica Biel) lock themselves in the bathroom, drink tequila, sniff cocaine, and discuss love, God, sex, women, and pain.
The real star hour awaited the actress after several more films (The Lookout, Hot Rod, Definitely, Maybe, The Brothers Solomon), when in 2009 she landed the main role in the romantic comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic, filmed based on the eponymous bestseller by British writer Sophie Kinsella. Her character, a journalist specializing in financial issues, easily gave advice to readers on managing their financial assets. However, she herself could not miss a single sale or promotion without making a purchase. This circumstance made her take out one loan after another. For this role, the actress was honored with another nomination for the Teen Choice Awards.
From this point on, the actresses' filmography consists mainly of hits. These include 'Burke & Hare' (2010) - a film about the real story of two body suppliers to the Edinburgh Military Medical School for studying anatomy, who initially desecrate graves and then start killing.
Other, 'Bachelorette' (2012), where she played the role of Katie, one of three bride's friends, busy preparing the wedding of a former classmate. The absurdity of the situation lay in the fact that they were not friends with her at school, on the contrary, they bullied her, she was chubby, but now (to the annoyance of the beauties) she was the first of them to get married. The actress did not receive awards for this role, but the film was a sales leader in the iTunes video store even before the official premiere.
Isla's role in the detective thriller Now You See Me (2013) was bright and worthy of attention. Her character - one of four friends-illusionists (Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco), who rob banks with incredibly spectacular tricks and help ordinary people, victims of scammers.
By the way, during shooting (the scene with immersion in the aquarium), the actress almost drowned. The chain jammed, and Isla spent 3 minutes under the water. Perhaps that's why she couldn't participate in the shooting of the sequel in 2015, and her place was taken by Lizzy Caplan. Or maybe it was because the actress was pregnant at the time and didn't want to risk the life of her unborn child.
Working in the melodrama 'The Great Gatsby', where Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton were also involved, also left no doubts among fans about Fisher's talent. She played the wife of a car mechanic, the mistress of the owner of a luxurious estate. The life of her character tragically ended under the wheels of a car, behind the wheel of which, by irony of fate, was the legal wife of her lover.
In addition to shooting for many years, the girl was involved in dubbing animated films - Horton Hears a Who! (2008), Rango, Rise of the Guardians (2012). In June 2015, she also became a representative of the Australian department of ING Direct bank.
In 2016, the British comedy film Grimsby was released, the first joint project of Isla and her husband, the author of the script and performer of one of the key roles, Sacha Baron Cohen. The actress played in it the assistant of a super agent undercover, whose mission is to save humanity from a deadly pandemic.
During the same period, the comedic action movie 'Keeping Up with the Joneses' was released, where Isla Fisher played one of the leading roles - decorator Karen. According to the plot, an ordinary married couple (the husband of her character was played by famous comedian Zach Galifianakis) unexpectedly discovers that their new neighbors are special services agents. Needless to say, this discovery made unpredictable adjustments to the couple's measured life.
In 2016, the first of three books written by the actress for children aged 4-7 entitled Marge In Charge was published. Using her own experience as a writer, comedian, and mother of three children, she invented funny family stories about a little fidgety girl who met a cat in a hat.
The actress, who rarely allows herself to participate in explicit photo shoots, became a star of fashion magazines in 2016 - she appeared in a series of seductive images in VVV Magazine (along with Eva Longoria and Bella Thor), as well as on the pages of the Mexican edition of Glamour.
In 2018, the dynamic comedy 'Tag' was released with Ed Helms and Jeremy Renner in the lead role, where Fisher played the mischievous wife of one of the main characters.
In 2019, the actress could be seen in the comedy The Beach Bum with Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg, as well as in the comedy 'Greed'.
The following year was marked for Isla by movies 'Blithe Spirit' and 'Godmothered.'
Personal Life of Isla FisherIsla is married to the notorious British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, known for his stage personas of rapper Ali G, Kazakhstani journalist Borat, homosexual Bruno, and the dictator Aladeen of a fictional African state.
The couple met at a party in Australia in 2002 and were engaged shortly after. However, they officially tied the knot only in 2010. The reason being, for her Jewish husband, it was crucial that his bride share his faith. Therefore, for the sake of her loved one, the actress studied the Torah and converted to Judaism in 2007. Additionally, she changed her name to its Jewish equivalent - Ayala, which means "gazelle", and began to observe the Sabbath, notably abstaining from work on Saturdays.
The couple raises three children. Their eldest daughter, Olive, was born before the wedding in 2007, the younger Elula in the summer of 2010, five months after their parents' marriage. In March 2015, their family gained the status of a large family with the birth of their son Montgomery.
In one of her interviews, the actress admitted that she never had problems with excess weight - she easily recovered after childbirth using yoga, horse riding, hiking, and shapewear. She is not a fan of diets, loves fish, greens, vegetables, and does not deny herself junk food, especially adoring French fries and ice cream.
Isla Fisher NowIsla Fisher and Josh Gad starred in the series "Wolf Like Me," which premiered in early 2022 and was soon renewed for a second season. Her character grows close to a single father and his daughter, but their happiness is hindered by a small obstacle - she's a werewolf.
In addition, in 2023, Fisher lent her voice to a collie named Maggie in the comedy "Stray Dogs."
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