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'Bachelorette' Funny Lady Isla Fisher on Why 'Overconfident Dum-Dums' Have All the Fun

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire September 7, 2012 at 8:50AM

If you thought Isla Fisher was a jaw-dropping riot as Rachel McAdams' virginal and completely deranged sister in the hit comedy "Wedding Crashers," then prepare to fall in love with her all over again in "Bachelorette," playwright Leslye Headland's crass, dark and hilarious feature-film writing-directing debut.
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Has it rubbed off on your kids?

We have yet to see, we have yet to see.

I'm sure that energy served you well at the famed Jacques Lecoq physical theater school where you trained in France. How much of an influence has your training had on your career?

I think it's been huge. Just working on the stage has been super helpful. We spent a lot of work -- without trying to sound pretentious -- pretending to be animals, and just getting into different characters as animals. It helps you find people. You tend to work from the outside in if you go to Lecoq, rather than from the inside out. I've never been a method actress, I've never been that person that wants to imagine horrible things happening in your own life in order to exploit them for your emotional being in the movie. I'm just not good at doing that.

"Ultimately, comedically, an overconfident dum-dum is just a very good character."

I'm sure a lot of people would be surprised to learn that you were a published author before hitting it big in "Wedding Crashers." Do you plan to return to the written word any time soon?

I am. I mean, I have to say, I feel like I've been in Hollywood too long. A lot of my words have just mushed away over time, with play dates and Gymboree classes. I'd definitely love to write something. And I'm writing something at the moment with my mom, which I'm enjoying. I just love writing, I'll always write. I wrote some of those lines in this movie, and in a lot of movies that I do, if the directors are open to it. I love to pitch stuff to say. Particularly jokes. So yeah, I feel like I'm still engaged in some capacity in that way.

Back to your day job: with this, "Wedding Crashers" and "Confessions of a Shopaholic," you've proven thay you excel at playing lovable ditzy/daft types. How do you approach these characters without judging them yourself?

I don't really judge them, because it's not my job. I'm just there to tell a story and to bring humanity to someone else's creation. And you know, I think if you ask yourself, if you want to go in being liked, then I think you're going to do a disservice to the story because characters get ugly and messy and you want to explore that. But also I think ultimately, comedically, an overconfident dum-dum is just a very good character.

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