Isla Fisher opens up about kids, comedy, and coming home


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Photographed by Nicole Bentley. Styled by Naomi Smith

Last year, Fisher made a much-publicized comeback to Australia’s shores and even had the Sydney Harbor Bridge as the backdrop for his and Baron Cohen’s Oscar appearance in April. She opened up about the joy of spending time in her homeland for Marie Claire. “I feel like I can be myself in Australia,” she says. “I love people. I love the colors and the views, the taste and the smells. And there’s something about being at home that’s right… it’s very magical. I miss it so much when I’m away and have a very Australian sensibility. Every time I meet another Aussie I always think, ‘Oh my God, we’re twins!’ “

Photographed by Nicole Bentley.  Styled by Naomi Smith

Photographed by Nicole Bentley. Styled by Naomi Smith

This month, the 45-year-old star Benevolent spirit, a film adaptation of the classic 1941 Noel Coward play (currently showing on Amazon Prime). It’s a bubbly farce set in 1930s Britain, all slapstick fun with a supernatural twist. Fisher plays Ruth, the housewife of screenwriter Charles Condomine (Dan Stevens), who accidentally summons his ex-wife, Elvira (Leslie Mann), back from the dead – and hilarity ensues.

Photographed by Nicole Bentley.  Styled by Naomi Smith

Photographed by Nicole Bentley. Styled by Naomi Smith

“It was so nice to read a script where the language was rich, layered, and witty, especially since we all communicate through emoticons these days,” says Fisher. Being cast alongside “our greatest living actress” Dame Judi Dench – who plays an eccentric clairvoyant – was also a major draw. Fisher’s deadpans that Dench is actually a big fan of At home and away and took the project to work with her, then burst out laughing. “I must have filmed two really big scenes with her and I kept saying to myself, ‘Fisher, don’t forget your lines! »» She remembers.

“And it was almost like she took that energy back, and she made a really funny joke that put me at ease.” She has the most fantastic sense of humor. From that point on I relaxed and it was a master class, watching Dame Judi Dench play.

Photographed by Nicole Bentley.  Styled by Naomi Smith

Photographed by Nicole Bentley. Styled by Naomi Smith

Read the full article in the new issue of Marie Claire, on sale Thursday.

Blithe Spirit is currently showing on Amazon Prime.

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