Isla Fisher is the July cover girl of Cosmopolitan UK.
The Great Gatsby actress has had an array of memorable roles, but it wasn’t always that way. In this issue, Fisher dishes on the trouble she had with getting help finding roles, why she went to clown college and why there’s no such thing as having it all.
Check out what Fisher had to say below. For Fisher’s full interview, pick up a copy of this issue of Cosmo UK, on newsstands today.
On how her husband’s agent refused to help her:
“I really have had no help. In fact, the one time I did ask for help was after my agent in LA fired me. I was auditioning for all sorts of things but kept getting told ‘no’, so she just fired me! So anyway, I said to Sacha, who was my boyfriend at the time, ‘Can you ask your agent if they’ll represent me?’ And his agent said, ‘No way.’ It was the only favor I’d ever asked, and I was like, ‘OK… great’. But it spurred me on.”
On her once being a wallflower:
“I went to something like six different schools before the age of 12, so I was always the new girl and had to make friends quickly. It was difficult at the start because I was very bookish – I was literally sat in the corner reading books, with no friends. So I learnt to be funny and to take the piss out of myself in order to ingratiate myself. I think it’s one of the best skills in life.”
On going to clown school:
“It was a great training ground and I learnt so much, but after three years I’d had enough, and I decided to go and study at a clown school in Paris. It’s like a theatre school, but you basically learn clowning. I knew Emma Thompson had been there and she was a big deal at the time with Sense And Sensibility, and I thought, ‘Oh, wow’. It sounded so romantic and exciting and different. I knew coming from something like Home And Away that I was going to need to change people’s impressions of me.”
On why having it all is a myth:
“It’s a myth that you can have it all. You can’t. But, more importantly, I don’t think you should want to. It sounds exhausting! I’m just dipping my toe back into work now. It’s a juggling act and I’m not particularly good at it; the balls are in the air. But my priority is always my family. Motherhood boils everything down to the essentials.”