Isla Fisher: I battled shyness
Isla Fisher learned to laugh at herself to help her make friends when she was younger.
The redheaded star is known for playing loveable characters in romantic comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Off screen she is also famed for her wicked sense of humour, but Isla admits she hasn’t always been so bubbly.
“I went to something like six different schools before the age of 12, so I was always the new girl and had to make friends quickly,” she recalled to the UK edition of Cosmopolitan.
“It was difficult at the start because I was very bookish – I was literally sat in the corner reading books, with no friends. So I learnt to be funny and to take the p**s out of myself in order to ingratiate myself. I think it’s one of the best skills in life.”
Isla began her career on TV soap Home and Away and landed her first big movie role in 2002’s Scooby-Doo.
Now starring in movies such as Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, the 37-year-old is a firm believer in fate.
“I’ve had no helping hand in Hollywood. But in general I’ve found that when it comes to getting jobs, what’s meant for you can’t pass you by,” she explained.
“I’ve tried to follow that philosophy because otherwise you can drive yourself crazy when you’re out there presenting yourself and you get so much rejection.”
At the end of last month Isla attended a further screening plus Q&A for Now You See Me, this time hosted by Australians In Film. She looked cool and casual in a sheer black top, blue blazer, and J Brand skinny jeans. Check out the HQ photos in the Gallery!
Isla brightens up the cover of the July issue of UK Cosmopolitan magazine, with another brand new photoshoot and interview! Check out quotes from the interview and a behind the scenes video below, and find scans from the spread in our Gallery. Needless to say, Isla looks fantastic in the photos, and it is once again great to see her on the cover of a big magazine!
Pick up a copy of Cosmopolitan now.
Cosmo also have an article about how to get Isla’s hair here.
Isla Fisher opens up to Cosmo!
Star of The Great Gatsby, and Now You See Me, Isla Fisher is the perfect Cosmo cover star! In the July issue she reveals all about the rejection she experienced at the start of her career, and how she overcame it.
You’d think having a famous husband like Sacha Baron Cohen, you’d be sorted in Hollywood. But apparently not! Isla revealed exclusively to Cosmo: “I really have had no help. In fact, the one time I did ask for help was after my agent in LA fired me. I was auditioning for all sorts of things but kept getting told ‘no’, so she just fired me! So anyway, I said to Sacha, who was my boyfriend at the time, ‘Can you ask your agent if they’ll represent me?’ And his agent said, ‘No way.’ It was the only favour I’d ever asked, and I was like, ‘OK… great’. But it spurred me on.”
Looking at Isla now – especially in this month’s Cosmo – you’d never realise she was once a wallflower. Speaking about her childhood, she said: “I went to something like six different schools before the age of 12, so I was always the new girl and had to make friends quickly. It was difficult at the start because I was very bookish – I was literally sat in the corner reading books, with no friends. So I learnt to be funny and to take the piss out of myself in order to ingratiate myself. I think it’s one of the best skills in life.”
Big thanks to our friend Luciana for sending us some scans from recent magazines that have had features on Now You See Me – check them out in the Gallery:
Isla Fisher and Jesse Eisenberg fans are in for a treat – here’s your chance to ask the stars a question via Skype, about their new movie, Now You See Me.
If you’re available between 10am and 12pm on Wednesday 19th June and have access to video Skype, we want to hear from you!
All you have to do is tweet us your question to @msnents and if we like it, you will record it on Skype for us to play to them to answer.
We’re looking for the funniest, most creative questions, so get thinking movie fans!
Catch Isla promoting Now You See Me on Chelsea Lately on E! on Wednesday!
Her recent appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will also be repeated on Thursday.
The Great Gatsby has received 3 nominations at the Teen Choice Awards:
Choice Movie: Drama
“The Great Gatsby”
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Choice Movie Actor: Drama
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Bradley Cooper, “The Words”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Great Gatsby”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Logan Lerman, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Choice Movie Actress: Drama
Halle Berry, “The Call”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Carey Mulligan, “The Great Gatsby”
Emma Watson, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
The winners will be announced during the ceremony to be held on August 11th. The ceremony will be broadcast live on Fox, at 8-10pm. THR report that hosts, performers, presenters and additional nominees will be announced shortly.
Isla and her Now You See Me co-stars walked the red carpet for a screening of their movie in Los Angeles last night. Isla’s date for the night was her mother, Elspeth Reid. Isla pulled off yet another winning look in a little black, white & blue embellished and patterned mini-dress, with a messy up-do – this is another new favourite for me, it’s so modern and fun and something really different from Isla. Check out the first 50 HQs from the screening in our Gallery, and scroll down this post for an article with quotes from the night. We’ll have more from this soon!
South African fans can check out Isla looking fabulous on the cover of the new issue of their Women’s Health magazine! They have used the pictures and interview from Isla’s cover for the UK edition of the magazine from last year. We never managed to get scans of that UK edition (my scanner is hopeless) so now you will get to read the fantastic interview – and Isla’s favourite yoga exercises – that it had.