Isla Fisher may excel at losing it on screen — as in her scene-stealing role from “Wedding Crashers” or as the overspender in her new film, “Confessions of a Shopaholic” — but in real life the Australian actress seems eminently sensible.
Even if she is engaged to Borat.
Fisher, 33, and Sacha Baron Cohen have a 1-year-old daughter named Olive, live between Los Angeles and London (his hometown) and keep low public profiles.
Did you have any idea when you were making this film about the joys and perils of runaway spending that we’d be in such an economic mess now?
We finished the movie, I think, the first of April last year. It’s hard to even remember now, but at that stage, people were shopping! It just feels incredibly topical to come out with this movie now. I just hope people realize that we’re not glamorizing shopping, that there is a true message at the end.
Your dad was a banker, your mom’s an author, and you’ve acted since you were 9. Safe to assume you’ve never had trouble making ends meet?
Yes and no. I’m certainly not from a wealthy family by any stretch of the imagination. And when I was in Paris, I spent all my money to get into this theater school that specialized in clowning, mime and commedia dell’arte.
Spill your personal shopaholic secrets.
I shop rarely and poorly. But I would say that if I had to pick something that’s my shopping weakness, it’s books. I’ll buy books I’ve already read because I’ve misplaced them and I love them.
Not into the latest fashions, then?
I’m not a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination. With the pageantry of the red carpet, there’s a portion of my life that’s devoted to that. But the reality is that I’m a jeans and T-shirt girl and I’m a mom.
So did you learn a lot making this movie?
Y’know, there would be a six-hour conversation about a belt, and I couldn’t for the life of me see the difference between this green belt and the green and gold belt.