Isla Fisher: From Oman to Hollywood – A Journey of Talent, Language and Philanthropy

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Born in Muscat, Oman, Isla Lang Fisher was raised by her parents, Elspeth Reid and Brian Fisher, from Scotland, in Bathgate, Scotland, and Perth, Western Australia. She is of Scottish ethnicity.

They lived in Muscat because of her father’s job as a banker for the United Nations. However, she spent most of our childhood in Australia.

Isla Fisher picks up coffee and takeaway from Alfred CoffeeIsla Fisher picks up coffee and takeaway from Alfred Coffee on September 21, 2020, in Los Angeles, California (Credit: WENN / Instar)

Multicultural Education and Career Beginnings

Although the Australian actress does not speak Arabic, she learned French while enrolled at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, a Paris theatre and arts training school.

“I moved to Paris after Home and Away to go to clown school whilst my friends headed to LA to try and “make it”. I didn’t speak French and I felt so out of my depth. I was terrified for most of the year I was there, but eventually, I broke through – my French became fluent and I enjoyed performing in a way that I hadn’t in a long time,” she told The Guardian in an interview published in June 2013.

Achievements in Australian Television

The Scooby-Doo actress portrayed Shannon Reed on the Australian television soap opera from 1994 to 1997, garnering two Logie Award nominations.

Isla Fisher learned to speak French while attending L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in ParisIsla Fisher learned to speak French while attending L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris (Credit: WENN / Instar)

Humorous Approach to Career Opportunities

In the October 2016 issue of Glamour Mexico, Isla revealed that she once claimed to be multilingual to secure an agent.

You have to list all your special skills on a form when you get an agent. There’s fencing, stage combat, horse riding, motorbike riding, Spanish, French, German, whatever. I just ticked everything. I talk about 10 languages according to that form. I even ticked the extreme sports box.

Regarding charity, Amy Adams’ lookalike and her husband, Sacha Baren Cohen, do not mess around. In late 2015, the two donated $1 million to help Syrian refugees. Talk about a great Christmas present.

Isla Fisher wears her hair back as she goes grocery shoppingIsla Fisher wears her hair back as she goes grocery shopping on December 12, 2015 (Credit: WENN / Instar)

The couple gave $500,000 to the Save the Children Foundation, which will be used to pay for measles vaccinations for more than 250,000 children in Northern Syria.

The other half was donated to the International Rescue Committee to help women and children with education, health care, shelter, and sanitation.

Casual Style and Fashion Notes

We love how Isla kept it casual with jeans, a t-shirt under a thick jacket, and buckled combat boots while grocery shopping in Los Angeles.

Isla Fisher rocks buckled combat bootsIsla Fisher rocks buckled combat boots (Credit: WENN / Instar)

We can’t find her particular boots online, but here is a very similar style from Dune London.

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