Isla Fisher buys into comedy for "Shopaholic"

Fri Feb 13, 2009 11:11am EST
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By Christine Kearney

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Australian Isla Fisher was about to pack it in as an actress until her boyfriend, best known as Borat, said she should try comedy.

After 15 years acting in serious roles in two Australian soap operas, smaller parts in British and American television and movies, and one German horror film, she said Sacha Baron Cohen's suggestion was a revelation. And it worked.

Fisher, 33, is now appearing in her first lead role in a major Hollywood film. The romantic comedy, "Confessions of a Shopaholic," was released in the United States on Friday.

"I remember when I was auditioning for all these dramatic roles and getting rejected and really disheartened," she said in an interview. "And I just thought 'That's it. I am done.' And he (Baron Cohen) said to me, 'You should be doing comedy, you are so funny.' And I said, 'What?'"

"And I thought 'Well, if he is the funniest man in the world and he thinks I am funny, then maybe I should give it a go.'"

That was just before her breakthrough comic role in a supporting part in the 2005 film "Wedding Crashers," which helped her land the starring role in "Shopaholic."

Based on the best-selling series of "Shopaholic" books, the film has been compared to "The Devil Wears Prada" and "Legally Blonde," although the petite, red-haired Fisher sees it as more slapstick, along the lines of Lucille Ball's work.

In early reviews, she earned high praise for her performance alongside an experienced supporting cast, including John Goodman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Joan Cusack.   Continued...

<p>Actress Isla Fisher poses for a portrait while promoting the film "Confessions of a Shopaholic" in New York February 4, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>