Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher

Birth name: Isla Lang Fisher
Born: February 3, 1976
Age: 41
Birthplace: Muscat, Oman
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Biography

Isla Lang Fisher (/ˈaɪlə/; born 3 February 1976) is an Australian actress. Born to Scottish parents in Oman, she moved to Australia at age 6. She appeared on the children's adventure series Bay Cove and the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach, before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Scooby-Doo (2002), I Heart Huckabees (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), Hot Rod (2007), Definitely, Maybe (2008), Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009), Rango (2011), Bachelorette (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), and Arrested Development (2013).

In 2013, Fisher starred as Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby and as Henley Reeves in Now You See Me.

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Early life

Fisher was born in Muscat, Oman, the daughter of Scottish parents Elspeth Reid and Brian Fisher. Her father worked as a banker in Oman for the United Nations at that time. When she was a child, Fisher and her family moved back to their hometown of Bathgate, Scotland, then to Perth, Western Australia, when she was 6 years old. She has four siblings and has said that she had a "great" upbringing in Perth with a "very outdoorsy life."

Fisher attended Swanbourne Primary School and Methodist Ladies' College. She appeared in lead roles in school productions such as Little Shop of Horrors. At 21, she attended L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where she studied clown, mime and commedia dell'arte.

Career

Fisher began appearing in commercials on Australian television at the age of 9, before going on to win roles in popular children's television shows Bay City and Paradise Beach. At 18, with the help of her mother, she published two teen novels, Bewitched and Seduced by Fame, and in a 2005 interview, Fisher admitted that had she not been successful as an actress she would probably have been a full-time writer. From 1994 to 1997 she played the role of Shannon Reed on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. In 1996, she received a Logie Award nomination for Most Popular Actress for her role. After leaving the soap, Fisher enrolled at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, a theatre and arts training school in Paris, and went on to appear in pantomime in the United Kingdom. She also toured with Darren Day in the musical Summer Holiday and appeared in the London theatre production Così. In 2001, Fisher was cast as Kim in the German horror film Swimming Pool.

In 2002, she had a role in the film version of Scooby-Doo as Mary Jane, Shaggy's love interest, who is allergic to dogs. She wore a blonde wig for portraying her role because Daphne Blake (portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar) was supposed to be the only redhead in the film. The following year, she portrayed the character Kristy in the Australian comedy The Wannabes. Subsequently, Fisher was taken on by an American agent. A larger role in Wedding Crashers (2005), alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, won her the Breakthrough Performance Award at the MTV Movie Awards. While promoting Wedding Crashers, she was officially crowned the 1000th guest on Australian talk show Rove on 2 August 2005. She entered the set ahead of Owen Wilson, winning the title by two metres.

In 2006, Fisher starred as Becca, a Manhattan party host, in the relationship drama London, co-starring Jessica Biel, Chris Evans, and Jason Statham. She played the role of Katie in the romantic comedy Wedding Daze with Jason Biggs. In 2007, she appeared in The Lookout, a thriller film co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Goode, and Hot Rod, opposite Andy Samberg. She was scheduled to appear in The Simpsons Movie, although her appearance was cut from the final version. In 2008, she starred in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy film Definitely, Maybe, with Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, and Abigail Breslin, and had a voice role in Horton Hears a Who! Fisher has also co-written a script entitled Groupies with Amy Poehler, as well as another project entitled The Cookie Queen. She starred in the movie adaptation of the book Confessions of a Shopaholic, which opened on 13 February 2009. In the film, Fisher played a college graduate who works as a financial journalist in New York City to support her shopping addiction. Confessions of a Shopaholic suffered critically but eventually opened at No.4, grossing $15,054,000 on its opening weekend. Fisher received her third Teen Choice Award nomination.

Fisher has spoken out against the lack of opportunities for female comedians in Hollywood. In 2010, she starred in the black comedy Burke and Hare. Fisher then voiced the role of Beans in Rango, a computer-animated Western film released in March 2011. In the movie, Johnny Depp and her Definitely, Maybe co-star Abigail Breslin also provide voice-over roles.

In another voice-over role, Fisher voiced the character of Tooth (the Tooth Fairy) in the animated film Rise of the Guardians, which was later released in 2012. In 2013, she starred in the Baz Luhrmann adaptation of The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and the magician crime thriller Now You See Me with Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson. Her performance as Henley Reeves, received acclaim and popularity among viewers, who were devastated when Fisher was announced to be not returning for the sequel. Later, she also appeared in several episodes of the fourth season of Arrested Development, released in 2013.

Fisher dropped out of Now You See Me sequel, Now You See Me 2, in 2014, due to her third pregnancy; she was replaced by actress Lizzy Caplan. In September, 2016 it was confirmed that Caplan will serve as a full-time replacement for Fisher, as she won't be returning to the films. In 2016, she starred in the comedy films Grimsby and Keeping Up with the Joneses, and the thriller Nocturnal Animals.

Fisher's first children's book Marge In Charge will be published in 2016. She will be starring alongside Emmy Rossum, Fan Bingbing, Katherine Waterston, Jennifer Ehle, Leighton Meester, Rose Byrne and Claire Foy in the crime heist film Mark My Own Words.

Personal life

Fisher has said that her "sensibility is Australian," she has a "laid-back attitude to life," and she feels she is "very Australian." She considers herself to be a feminist. Her mother and siblings live in Athens, Greece, while her father divides his time between Frankfurt, Germany and Nicaragua.

Fisher first met the English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in 2002 at a party in Sydney, Australia. The couple became engaged in 2004, and then married on 15 March 2010, in a Jewish ceremony in Paris, France. The couple have two daughters, Olive (born 2008) and Elula (born 2011), and a son, Montgomery (born 2015).

Religion

Before marrying, Fisher converted to Judaism, saying, "I will definitely have a Jewish wedding just to be with Sacha. I would do anything—move into any religion—to be united in marriage with him. We have a future together and religion comes second to love as far as we are concerned." She completed her conversion in early 2007, after three years of study. She took the Hebrew name Ayala (איילה), the Hebrew word for a doe, and has described herself as keeping the Jewish Sabbath.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Bay Cove Vanessa Walker Series
Paradise Beach Robyn Devereaux Barsby 2 episodes
1994-97 Home and Away Shannon Reed 345 episodes
1999 Oliver Twist Bet Miniseries
2000 Sunburn Woman Episode: "2.1"
Hearts and Bones Australian Barmaid Episode: "I Need a Love Song"
2001 Attila Cerca Miniseries
2002 BeastMaster Demon Manaka Episode: "The Trial"
Random Acts of Intimacy Woman in Club Short
2004 Pilot Season Butterfly Episode: "1.6"
2010 Neighbors from Hell 3 episodes; voice
2011 Bored to Death Rose 2 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Rebel Alley Season 4; 9 episodes
2015 Sofia the First Button (voice) Episode: "The Littlest Princess"

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Bum Magnet Emma Short film
1998 Furnished Room Jennie Short film
2000 Out of Depth Australian Girl #1
2001 Swimming Pool Kim
2002 Dog Days Bianca
Scooby-Doo Mary Jane
2003 The Wannabes Kirsty
Dallas 362 Redhead
Criminal Ways Kirsty
2004 I Heart Huckabees Heather
2005 Wedding Crashers Gloria Cleary
London Rebecca
2006 Wedding Daze Katie
2007 The Lookout Luvlee
Hot Rod Denise
2008 Definitely, Maybe April
Horton Hears a Who! Dr. Mary Lou Larue Voice role
2009 Confessions of a Shopaholic Rebecca Bloomwood
2010 Burke and Hare Ginny Hawkins
2011 Rango Beans Voice role
2012 Bachelorette Katie
Rise of the Guardians Tooth Fairy Voice role
2013 The Great Gatsby Myrtle Wilson
Now You See Me Henley Reeves
2014 Life of Crime Melanie Ralston
2015 Visions Eveleigh
Klovn Forever Herself Cameo
2016 Grimsby Jodie Figgs
Nocturnal Animals Laura Hastings
Keeping Up with the Joneses Karen Gaffney

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Work Result Ref.
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Wedding Crashers Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout (Female) Wedding Crashers Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Hissy Fit Wedding Crashers Nominated
2008 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards Icon Award Won
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic Nominated
2011 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Animated Female Rango Won
2013 AACTA Awards Best Supporting Actress The Great Gatsby Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated

Works and publications

  • Fisher, Isla; Reid, Elspeth (1995). Bewitched. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-025575-1. OCLC 38382626.
  • Fisher, Isla (1995). Seduced by Fame. Ringwood, Victoria: Penguin. ISBN 978-0-14-025431-0. OCLC 38376530.
  • Fisher, Isla; Ceulemans, Eglantine (2016). Marge in Charge. London: Piccadilly Press. ISBN 978-1-84-812540-7. OCLC 957646590.

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