We just love Isla Fisher, even more so after she revealed that her agent once fired her and even her husband Sacha Baron Cohen’s agent wouldn’t represent her!
Despite starring roles in The Great Gatsby and Now You See Me, Fisher admits that she had a real struggle getting ahead in Hollywood.
“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!” the actress tells UK Cosmopolitan.
“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.
“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.”
The 37-year-old star also shared a touching story about fellow Aussie actress Naomi Watts.
“I auditioned for a movie recently and when I went in, the producer said he’d told one of its stars, Naomi Watts, that he was auditioning me and she’d said, “She’s so funny, she’s a great actress – you should hire her”. What a lovely, kind and supportive thing to do for another woman.
Women should not have to adopt masculine traits in order to succeed. You should be able to stay as a woman, and in tune with your femininity and still be equal. Women one hundred percent support each other in the movie industry.”
Fisher has always maintained that motherhood is her priority. “I’m just dipping my toe back into work now. It’s a juggling act and I’m not particularly good at it; the balls are in the air. But my priority is always my family. Motherhood boils everything down to the essentials.”
So despite having just released two hit films, and being a mother to Olive, five, and Elula, two, Fisher isn’t taking it easy – revealing that she’s writing a screenplay with her mum!
“My mum and I have actually been writing a script for a thriller together. It’s really fun. She doesn’t understand the rules of screenwriting, so I’m often like, “What?! Mum, you can’t kill off the protagonist on page 10!” She breaks all the rules, which makes it original at least. We’ve had a scream doing it.”
Baron Cohen has previously raved about Fisher’s comedic talent, so where does it come from? The actress was born in Oman and went to six different schools by the age of 12.
“I was always the new girl and had to make friends quickly,” she says in the interview. “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.”
Wedding Crashers? The Great Gatsby? What’s your favourite Isla Fisher movie?