Isla Fisher admits her personal passion for fashion is a little more reduced. "I shop rarely and poorly," she says with her Australian accent. "When I shop, I get in and out, I have a mission and I fulfill it."
Raised by Scottish parents in Australia, Fisher has shot to the A-list with her landing the role of Rebecca Bloomwood in the beloved book that is now a film, Confessions of a Shopaholic. The Shopaholic series is setting the literary world on fire and producer Jerry Bruckheimer has taken the Madeline Wickham book and brought it to America.
"I'm really grateful to Jerry Bruckheimer and completely bewildered how I was chosen to headline my own movie," Fisher says and laughs. "I definitely felt far more responsible for the tone of the movie as a lead than you do as a supporting cast member. On top of that, playing a beloved character from a book that's extraordinarily successful and knowing that she was going to be American and wanted to capture the essence of her as properly as I could added more pressure. Ultimately, we had an incredible producer behind you like Jerry Bruckheimer and an amazing cast. It was just an amazing and rewarding creative experience for me."
What did producer Jerry Bruckheimer see in Fisher to give her the opportunity to lead her own film?
"She's vivacious, she's funny. She's a wonderful dramatic actress which this movie wouldn't work without the ability she has to pull that character off and for people to see that she is serious," Bruckheimer says. "The comedic part we've seen she can do in Wedding Crashers and her other work, but the real surprise is that she's a wonderful dramatic actress."
Although Isla Fisher says her fervor for shopping is reserved, she did appreciate having Sex and the City costume designer Patricia Fields enlighten her wardrobe sense.
"The most fun fashion discovery was to use a lot of color in my wardrobe," Fisher says. "I'm fairly conservative normally. I feel Patricia Fields brought out the color in me. Now I love to wear color."
As anyone who has read the books knows, Rebecca Bloomwood has a small addiction to shopping. All kinds of shopping, from shoes to dresses, if it is designer, Bloomwood must have it.
Confessions of a Shopaholic was conceived during a different economic time. With the downturn, Fisher believes the film resonates more than ever. "The lessons that Rebecca learns in the movie, hopefully, we all have been learning recently. It feels very topical.," Fisher says. "I'm really proud of the responsible way that we handle it at the end of the movie with that issue."
One of many charms of the book and film is the sequences of Rebecca obsessively purchasing fine items with such zeal.
Having designer Fields to make her character look fabulous was a true blessing.
The actress' impeccable comic timing comes from extensive study. "I trained at a theater school in Paris under a very famous clown. Technically, I learned the skill set, but personally I've always been someone who likes to tap into her inner idiot," Fisher says and smiles. "I've always been the clown of my family. I think I've always enjoyed mucking about and I'm fortunate that I get paid to do that now."
Fisher's romantic interest in Confessions of a Shopaholic is played by Hugh Dancy. The actor is also on his own career trajectory of late. "What I loved about Hugh is he came to the movie and took it seriously as if he was in a dramatic movie, which is so important. As a result, he played the greatest straight man. And it gave me as Becky Greenwood someplace to go and be outrageous. The comedy was grounded in reality because of him," Fisher says.
Up next...quick questions with Isla Fisher including her take on motherhood.
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