Isla Lang Fisher (//; 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).
Fisher at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||Isla Lang Fisher
3 February 1976
|Spouse(s)||Sacha Baron Cohen (m. 2010)|
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.
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.
Fisher's first children's book Marge In Charge will be published in 2016.
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 2007) and Elula (born 2011), and a son, Montgomery (born 2015).
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.
|1993||Bay Cove||Vanessa Walker||Series|
|Paradise Beach||Robyn Devereaux Barsby||2 episodes|
|1994 – 97||Home and Away||Shannon Reed||345 episodes|
|Hearts and Bones||Australian Barmaid||Episode: "I Need a Love Song"|
|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"|
|1997||Bum Magnet||Emma||Short film|
|1998||Furnished Room||Jennie||Short film|
|2000||Out of Depth||Australian Girl #1|
|2004||I Heart Huckabees||Heather|
|2005||Wedding Crashers||Gloria Cleary|
|Horton Hears a Who!||Dr. Mary Lou Larue||Voice role|
|2009||Confessions of a Shopaholic||Rebecca Bloomwood|
|2010||Burke and Hare||Ginny Hawkins|
|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|
|Nocturnal Animals||Laura Hastings|
|Keeping Up with the Joneses||Karen Gaffney|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|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|||
|2016||AACTA Awards||Trailblazer Award||Won|||
Works and publicationsEdit
- 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.
- "Isla Fisher Biography (1976-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
- Roberts, Sheila (25 March 2007). "Isla Fisher Interview, The Lookout". MoviesOnline. Retrieved 26 March 2007.
- Marcie Muir, Kerry White (1992). Australian Children's Books: 1989-2000. Melbourne University Publishing.
- "Daddy's little girl! Isla Fisher joined by her father at premiere of new film Rango". Daily Mail. London. 22 February 2011.
- "Isla Fisher maintains she is not a shopaholic , STV Video". Video.stv.tv. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
- "The Vanities Girls". Vanity Fair. New York. 1 March 2009.
- Pringle, Gill (28 September 2007). "Hot Bod is keeping mum". The Independent.
- Harry, Ethan (17 July 2005). "Interrogation Isla Fisher". Sunday Mirror.
- "Australian TV soap opera stars in UK pantomimes". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "The Vanities". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
- "Isla Fisher: Why I’m promoting breastfeeding in the developing world". Metro. 19 February 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Isla Fisher - The Pool (2001)". Youtube. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "They could be sisters! Sarah Michelle Gellar links arms with lookalike Isla Fisher in cute snap for Throwback Thursday". Daily Mail. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- "Isla Fisher Is A Little Afraid Of Her 'Wedding Crashers' Fans (VIDEO)". Huffington post. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2014.
- Wolf, Jeanne (29 March 2007). "What Creeps Out Borat's Future Wife?". Retrieved 6 April 2007.
- Finn, Natalie (16 March 2007). "Family Guy Has Burnett Feeling Copyrighteous". E! Online. Retrieved 26 March 2007.
- "Isla Fisher signs on for Shopaholic role". ABC News (Australia). 21 September 2007. Retrieved 6 December 2007.
- "Shocker! Twilight Leads Teen Choice Noms". E! Online. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Fisher plans Hollywood sex revolution". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
- "Two More Cast Members for Burke and Hare". Dreadcentral.com. 22 January 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
- "'Rango' Photo - Isla Fisher". About.com. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Now You See me Actress is living the Dream". hitfix.com. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "'Arrested Development': Isla Fisher, Terry Crews Join Season 4". Huffingtonpost. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Lizzy Caplan in talks to replace Isla Fisher in Now You See Me 2". digitalspy.com. 15 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
- "Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson join cast of Sacha Baron Cohen comedy film Grimsby". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
- "Isla Fisher Joins Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis in ‘Keeping Up With the Joneses’". thewrap.com. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
- Eyre, Charlotte (29 March 2016). "Isla Fisher pens children’s fiction series". The Bookseller. Retrieved 2016-05-31.
- "Isla an Aussie at heart". Sunday Mail. 25 March 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2007.
- "Isla Fisher: Q&A". 20 February 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
- "Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher Wed". People. 22 March 2010. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
- "Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen Wed". Showbiz.sky.com. Retrieved 6 May 2010.
- "Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen's Secret, Six-Guest Wedding". People. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- "Isla Fisher, Sacha Baron Cohen Welcome a Baby". People. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "Baby Borat's Beverly Hills Outing". People. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "Revealed! Find Out The Name of Isla Fisher's Baby". Us Weekly. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2012.
- "Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher Holy Moses It's A Boy!!". TMZ. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
- "Isla Fisher says marriage with Sacha Baron Cohen is like 'winning the lottery'". hellomagazine.com. 30 October 2012.
- Simpson, Richard; Weaver, Clair (4 March 2004). "I is marrying me Julie". Evening Standard. London. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
- Hellard, Peta (3 September 2007). "Isla Fisher's pregnant pause". NEWS.com.au. Retrieved 18 February 2008.
- Lipworth, Elaine (19 February 2009). "Fisher: I'm addicted to breastfeeding". Metro. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
- "Bruno star set to wed Isla Fisher". Stuff.com. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
- "Kevin Greutert: Visions". Bloody Disgusting. 2012-09-14. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Isla Fisher Awards". imdb. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- "Elle magazine women in Hollywood custom awards". www.bennettawards.com. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "2011 EDA Awards Winners". /awfj.org. Retrieved 8 August 2015.
- "The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards". sagawards.org. Retrieved 8 August 2015.