Isla Fisher interview: ‘Instagram is toxic to kids and flooded with fake news’

IFisher had a solution to the treacherous landlord problem, though admittedly it might not be available to everyone: rent a house from Jennifer Aniston instead. Back in the mid-2000s, the Australian star of Crashers’ wedding, Now you see me and Confessions of a shopaholic needed a house in LA to share with her then-husband boyfriend Sacha Baron Cohen. A dinner with Courteney Cox led the couple to her Friend co-star, who happens to have a spare place to live.

“She was the nicest landlady,” Fisher said. “When we arrived, she left a basket the size of a table, with flowers, fruit, and the sweetest handwriting. There are magazines and I think she put a book in them? I have rented countless apartments and I have never, never had a landlady or hostess say hello to me. I can’t believe it…if you can hire from Jennifer Aniston, you absolutely should.”

The fact that Fisher was able to come up with such a final line that was not only unobtrusive, but also sweet and funny is a credit to her innate popularity. Again, the 46-year-old quickly self-deprecating that you barely had time to notice if she said something starry. When she asked me not to publicize where she and her family currently live, she admitted that was not a common practice. “It’s for security reasons, I’m just the nervous one,” she sighed. Likewise, when she turned it on for a few seconds on the Zoom camera before turning it off completely, she fooled herself with a joke. “I don’t wear makeup and I’m 105 years old. It is not the biggest. I usually try to look decent when trying to sell my TV shows. “She’s naturally disarmed. I imagine that everyone who meets her believes she’s going to be their new best friend. Until that happens, however, we have to do with work. hers.

Fisher’s TV show is Wolves, wolves like me (coming soon in the UK on Prime Video); it’s a bent movie about a boy, girl, and werewolf that she transforms into every full moon. She plays Mary, a traumatized Adelaide consulting columnist who mysteriously crashes into widow Gary’s car (Josh Gad). Gad and Fisher are somewhat of the opposite of the type: there are laughs here, but they’re intentionally subtle. I was amazed by the way the show moved and the sense of operational urgency that writer/director Abe Forsythe brought to it. There’s emotional voice acting, sweeping vistas, and lots of action. Wolves, wolves like me is about the horrors of new love, and what happens when two people fall apart who seem destined for each other.

“We are so used to watching romantic movies that we are only given the good parts of people connecting with each other,” explains Fisher. “It feels pretty original. Love is scary! Once you give someone your heart and they give their heart, you are obviously completely vulnerable. The show is an exploration of love mixed with shame and fear.” Fisher says she’s drawn to characters with secrets, “but I also enjoyed playing Mary because she was so lonely. I’m super sociable, I love people, I socialize whenever I can. Mary is the complete opposite of me, and she has all this baggage and doesn’t feel safe around everyone…”

At this point, Madame Tiny Paws has had enough. Fisher gasped. “OK, so while I was talking to you, our cat just stood up on two legs and opened the door in front of me. She actually put it herself in Houdini the *** out of this room. “Even in our family, where everyone has such big personalities, somehow Madame Tiny Paws is the boss. Honestly, you should just chat. with her. I’m sure it adds some realism to this interview.”

Josh Gad, Isla Fisher and a Bag of Bloody Meat in ‘Wolf Like Me’

(Mark Rogers / Prime Video)

Few of Fisher’s characters have ever yielded to such attention. Her creations tend to have the energy of a drunken stranger in a nightclub bathroom who is as amazingly deranged as they are shrewd. Crashers’ wedding, Shopaholic and the black comedy Bachelorette cast her in turn as a female idol, a credit card addict and a cocaine addict, all shivering with manic despair. You would think they would get a higher rating, but like most character comedies, they often fly under the radar. Especially when it comes to major award agencies.

“Comedy is the most vulnerable type of performance,” she said. “If you miss the mark, there is nothing to catch you. It doesn’t look like drama, but comedy isn’t considered up to par with it, especially in the eyes of the Oscars. She delivers an embarrassingly long list of great comic book performances without breaking the Academy Awards: Emily Blunt in The Devil Wears PradaRegina Hall in Horror film, Goldie Hawn in “bloody everything”. “A lot of mainstream comedies have these great performances, but they don’t get the love they deserve.”

Slapstick, mime, make a funny face: there’s something that interests me more than anything

She expressed frustration at interviews that ignored the way she does what she does. “Usually it tends to [questions] about the last time I saw an infinity pool, or details about my husband. Not sounding like a luvvie and getting all ‘thespian’, I went to clown school. I studied with Jacques Lecoq, a famous clown teacher. He taught me how to think [my characters] walk and talk – it’s like wearing a costume, and doing it then informs all the internal affairs. You prepare and you prepare, and you try to be as meticulous as possible. ”

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Is there a sexist element to make people less curious about the female comedian’s acting? “It’s really complicated – I don’t want to take it too seriously because then it becomes a quote.” She remembers telling a journalist years ago that it wasn’t fair that women were often portrayed in comedies as “a frank woman rolling her eyes at an overconfident idiot.” But then it pulled her away. “It’s just gone viral on the internet, and I always have to give interviews about it.” She says things are better today both in the industry and in interviews. “I like being asked more meaningful questions about what I really think about things. And hopefully, although I’m incredibly proud and absolutely in love with my beautiful husband and family, I’ll be asked about more than that. [too]. “I surreptitiously jotted down Borat questions from my notebook.

Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Kirsten Dunst in the black comedy ‘Bachelorette’ in 2012

(Gary Sanchez Prods / Kobal / Shutterstock)

As I inadvertently reminded her during our conversation, Fisher had been around for a while. Long before she explodes as Shaggy’s hippie girlfriend in Scooby-Doo in 2002, she rose to fame in 1994 playing the role of permanently unlucky Shannon Reed Home and Go. In 1997, she moved to the UK to find work there. I consider her late 90s London era – where she made BBC One comedy dramas with Amanda Holden and dated Darren Day – to be her “missing years”. “I wouldn’t say those were the years I was most focused professionally,” she said. “It’s that classic period of your life where you’re just trying to figure out your identity. I certainly don’t have my wings in London. I remember I acted a lot at the West End theater, and to be honest, I just had a great time in the pubs. ”

She’s also learning, going back and forth between London and Paris to attend clown school. While she always makes people laugh – her school and country travel so much thanks to a UN worker father means that humor has become a defense mechanism – she does not coach Train like a clown for that reason. Really, she just loves Geoffrey Rush’s performance as pianist David Helfgott in Light (1996). “I found out he studied with Jacques Lecoq, so I thought, ‘Hey, I have to study with Jacques Lecoq too! I’m the new Geoffrey Rush,’ I thought. ‘ She quickly interrupted herself. That’s how he can show his comedy. Slapstick, pantomime, make funny faces: there’s just something that excites me more than anything.”

All that said, she didn’t realize she was a born comedian until Cohen pointed it out to her. “My husband said, ‘You’re the funniest person I know – you should do comedies,’ and that never crossed my mind before that.” This happened shortly after they got to know each other in five years. 2001. They married in 2010 and have three children. Fisher notes that he doesn’t talk about his family in interviews, but occasionally mentions Cohen in conversation and often posts pictures of him on her Instagram. But in the wake of her husband’s crusade against social media companies – in 2019, he called Facebook “the greatest propaganda machine in history” – she has a problem. with this whole platform.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar party

(Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

“We all know what Instagram is,” she sighed. “It is toxic to children and [for] the rise of fake news. They don’t have to meet publishing standards, it appeals to our grassroots instincts. Actually, I’m a gentle person – Instagram increases bullying and fear of missing out, and leads to anxiety and depression. So obviously, I’m not a fan of Instagram. I try to focus as much as possible on [posting] work-related stuff, and don’t post anything personal. Sometimes I’ll post, like – today is Valentine’s Day, so I can post something later…”

A few hours after we talked, I went to Fisher’s Instagram and saw that she had actually posted a Valentine message to her husband. “Sacha, you are my rock,” she wrote, along with a blurry photo of a rock shaped like a giant erection. It’s downright silly, bizarrely romantic, and probably reveals the humor at the heart of their chemistry more than anything she could have said out loud. Love is scary, but it can also be funny.

‘Wolf Like Me’ can be streamed on Prime Video from February 25

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