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Marie Claire Australia|June 2021
She went from Summer Bay soap star to Hollywood heavyweight and comedy queen. Isla Fisher chats to Kathryn Madden about humour, her husband and why Australia will always be home
Kathryn Madden

A five-foot-three with her heels kicked off, Isla Fisher knows how to embrace her shortcomings. On the set of our photoshoot, she emerges from the dressing room in an ice-pink Chanel suit that swamps her tiny frame. But no matter for the star, who smiles coyly, crosses her arms and cinches in the blazer at her waist, swaying to the beat of Beyoncé’s “Grown Woman” as the camera clicks away.

It’s a trick, she tells me with a raspy laugh, that she picked up at clown school. “I studied at Jacques Lecoq theatre school in Paris and one of the things we worked on was embracing our [so-called flaws],” says Fisher. “Because I’m short, I’d wear very big clothes that would drag on the floor – and I turned that into a side gag. I learnt to embrace my size. The things I once tried to hide have ended up being the things that differentiate me.”

Years later, on the set of 2005’s Wedding Crashers, she shunned suggestions to stand on a box next to her co-star Vince Vaughn, who towered over her at six-foot-four. The ridiculous height gap proved part of the gag and, together with Fisher’s bubbly energy and sharp comic timing, it cemented her big break into Hollywood. Since then the Australian actor – who first graced our screens on Home and Away in the mid-’90s – has worked widely and steadily, filling her résumé with romcoms (Definitely, Maybe and Confessions of a Shopaholic), period dramas (The Great Gatsby), thrillers (Nocturnal Animals) and action-comedies (Keeping Up with the Joneses and The Brothers Grimsby). In Grimsby, she shared the screen with her husband, actor, and satirist Sacha Baron Cohen; together they’ve been dubbed a Hollywood power couple, a label that Fisher laughs off shyly.

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