Isla Fisher is the star of the film The Consumer Delights of Becky Bloom, where she lives Rebecca Bloomwood, a charming young but incorrigibly consumerist. She just can not stop buying designer clothes.
Ironically, she gets a job in a finance magazine and finds herself giving her readers economic advice while she herself does not control her budget. The talented Hugh Dancy plays Becky’s boss, Luke Brandon, who falls in love with her, though they seem to have nothing in common.
Based on the best selling books by Sophie Kinsella, the film was directed by PJ Hogan and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Also participating in the cast are consecrated names such as: Kristin Scott Thomas,
John Lithgow, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Krysten Ritter and Leslie Bibb.
Isla, 33, was born in Oman and grew up in Australia, where she began her career as a TV commercial actress at the age of nine. His first novel was Home & Away and his filmography includes: Scooby-Doo, Huckabees – Life is a Comedy, Good Spout Penetras, The Lookout and Three Times Love.
Dazzling, full of style, with red hair hanging from her shoulders, smiling Isla reveals herself in this humorous chat.
What did you feel when you faced your first protagonist?
It was amazing! And I enjoyed every minute of it. When I heard that I had gotten the job, I was electrified and only then did I think of the responsibility that would have to set the tone of the film. I also worried because I was playing Becky Bloomwood, a character who is loved by millions of readers around the world. Sophie Kinsella’s books are great hits.
How did you get the part?
I was pregnant with my daughter when I went to a meeting about the role with producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director PJ Hogan. I explained that I was a big fan of books and talked a little about Rebecca Bloomwood and what I found interesting about her. I remember thinking the meeting went well, but when I left the office and Jerry’s secretary said to me, “Wow, did you stay there a long time?” I thought, “Oh, really.” And I got the part.
Jerry describes you as the new Lucille Ball.
I found it very nice of Jerry to say that, and also a bit terrifying the responsibility of being compared to Lucille. But, wow, I adore her, she’s very funny, she’s fantastic. I grew up watching the show I Love Lucy on TV.
“It’s amazing to be compared to Lucille Ball. I grew up seeing I love Lucy!”
How do you analyze Becky’s attitudes?
She is shallow in certain respects, with all that craze to buy, but I have also focused on the positive qualities she possesses, because Rebecca is very charming.
You like shopping?
No. I shop poorly and rarely. But still I can understand the sense of wonder Becky feels about the stores.
The costumes in the film are fabulous.
Did you get any of those pieces? I did not have any of the clothes. I thought secretly: “I hope to win some of these models ??”. I did not win. But in the end I was happy to say goodbye to it all and feel that I had fulfilled my mission.
Was there a favorite outfit?
I loved the pink Prada skirt that’s on the movie poster, with a pink Prada T-shirt and a fur coat and gloves. I found it quite classic but also unusual and sensual.
How would you describe your own style?
What I like is comfort first. But I think you can be comfortable and beautiful at the same time. Short boho style shirts, jeans, sneakers and sandals.
Do you like getting dressed for the red carpet?
It’s a lot of fun, there’s a lot of pomp on the red carpet. You have to do your hair and make-up, people adorn you. They make artificial tan. Hire a stylist who brings a macaw to beautiful dresses and you try everyone and choose one. I always try to gravitate towards Calvin Klein and I adore Stella McCartney.
“I always try to gravitate toward Calvin Klein and I love Stella McCartney.”
Do you see yourself primarily as a comic actress?
No, I was mostly thinking of myself as a dramatic actress and focused on dramatic, serious roles until Sacha, my partner, told me: “You’re so funny, should you do more comic roles?” I then called my dad and asked him, “Dad, do you think I’m funny?” And he said, “I think. Are you the family clown ?? ”
Is that why you made Becky so comical?
Becky might be a fool and I always felt at ease with my idiot side. I do not care. I really like physical comedy. I also like to get an idea and suggest to the director. For example, there is a scene in the movie where I do a dance with a fan, in order to seduce Luke. The character thinks that the dance is very sensual, but, in fact, it is ridiculous! I suggested this to PJ and he included the dance in the film.
Who makes you laugh?
Goldie Hawn is my favorite, Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Peter Sellers, the Monty Python group and, of course, Sacha Baron Cohen.
Are you happy with the direction of your career?
I am very satisfied, very happy with everything: my family and the career that I have. I always felt a secret hope that I would achieve success. But now that I’ve got it, I can hardly believe it’s happening. I’m just as surprised as anyone else who sees himself in a poster, starring in this movie. The only disappointment is that with all this, I could not get even a little higher…