Isla Fisher found it “romantic” to start a family with her husband Sacha Baron Cohen.
The actress has two daughters with her husband Sacha Baron Cohen – Olive, five and Elula, two. Isla has thrived since becoming a mother and believes it has deepened her bond with Sacha. The stars are determined to give their children a normal upbringing wherever possible.
“I think the most romantic thing you can ever do is to make a family with someone,” she said in an interview with British magazine Stylist. “I love being a mom and it’s my favourite topic personally, but professionally I hate talking about it. In England it’s wonderful actually because they pixelate kids’ faces and they’re quite good at respecting the rights of children because they didn’t choose to have famous parents so they deserve to have a normal childhood like we all have. I don’t mention them because I really want them to have safe, normal lives and be treated like individuals away from what we do.”
The 37-year-old actress is widely admired for her youthful looks and she often lands roles playing women in their 20s. Although Isla feels lucky to have been blessed with age-defying genes, she has recalled a time when it led to an embarrassing situation.
“When I first came to Hollywood, I went with Sacha to a very big Hollywood party for Lost In Translation. When we pulled up, everyone you could imagine was in this room, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman… This lady came straight up to me, introduced herself as Colleen and then turned to me and said, ‘Come with me, I’ve got something to show you.’ I’m thinking oh my god, I’m so excited,” she explained. “So she takes me away from Sacha and opens this door and there’s this giant pink room covered in kids’ posters and there in the middle is a group of 14-year-old girls and she said, ‘Everybody, this is Sacha’s daughter,’ and asked me if I wanted a soft drink. Clearly I should have worn more make-up!”
Isla has carved out a successful Hollywood career, showing off her comic chops in movies such as Wedding Crashers and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Isla doesn’t understand why it is still a struggle for funny females to make it in the film industry.
“I’d love to see more women in comedy. And more women directors. I think Rebel Wilson did a sublime job hosting the MTV Awards this year and I just love Chelsea Handler. I think it’s irrelevant whether they have a vagina or not, they’re just funny,” she said.
Isla can next be seen playing Myrtle in Baz Luhrmann’s movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby and recently finished shooting Now You See Me.