Being an actor, author, and mother of three is all in a day’s work for Isla Fisher. Born to Scottish parents (that explains her awesome hair colour!), the Australian natural redhead takes being one of the (red) hottest names in Hollywood in her stride.
We caught up with her about why she loves being a redhead, her red-haired family members, and what is her top beauty tip for her fellow gingers.
What’s your favourite thing about being a redhead?
I have something to blame my temper on – just kidding! My favourite thing is that I feel unique.
Do you think that your red hair colour has helped your acting career?
Yes and no. It has made me stand out, but equally a lot of casting directors will typecast redheads into extreme characters which are not usually the leading roles.
Growing up, a lot of the redheaded characters I saw depicted in film and on the TV (and in literature) were evil, crazy or nerdy. I remember loving the book Anne of Green Gables as a kid because she was the first redheaded heroine I could properly connect with who was the protagonist of the story and also ‘normal’.
I remember loving the book ‘Anne of Green Gables’ as a kid because she was the first redheaded heroine I could properly connect with
Have you ever dyed your hair? If so, how did you feel about losing your colour?
I have dyed it for different roles throughout my career but I never quite feel like myself without my hair.
Do you find that your hair shade has changed shade over the years?
Sadly it has faded a lot. I miss the days when i was more of a “carrot top”.
What was it like for you growing up with ginger hair?
I was teased (not bullied) a lot in Australia but it was nothing compared to the ribbing I got when I moved to the UK in my early 20s?! Even now in London I get asked if my “drapes” match the “carpet”, or “if it’s real”, or people point out how lucky I am not to have one of those “ugly shades of red hair”. And for some reason, no one in America says anything ever?
Do you believe that your red hair contributes to your personality?
Probably. I have never bothered trying to fit in as I couldn’t with my hair anyway.
It wasn’t until I worked with a redheaded and proud actress on a TV show in my late teens that I felt inspired to embrace my inner ginger
Do you have any family members with red hair?
My brother Daniel, my uncle and my aunt all have red hair.
Have you always been proud of your red hair?
I remember reading that in many cultures throughout history redheads were considered to be witches, which freaked me out as a kid and it wasn’t until I worked with a redheaded and proud actress on a TV show in my late teens that I felt inspired to embrace my inner ginger.
Being teased for having red hair will help you to build up an armour that better equips you to deal with the rest of life’s crap.
What advice would you give to redheads who are being bullied?
Tell someone and get help, never keep it a secret. Being teased for having red hair will help you to build up an armour that better equips you to deal with the rest of life’s crap.
Who is your all-time favourite ginger and why?
Lucille Ball – no explanation needed. She’s a comic genius. I also love Tim Minchin for his song about being a redhead and for being a redhead and for being from Perth, Australia.
What’s your best make-up and skincare tip for redheads?
Wear sunblock and a hat all year round.
And what’s your best haircare tip?
Remember to wash it now and then, haha!
We died laughing at your prank on your friends when you Photoshopped Amy Adams onto your Christmas cards…should we forgive people for their confusion over two redheads?
Amy and I both find it funny actually…
What’s next for you?
A movie called Tag with Ed Helms, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner and another one called The Beach Bum with Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg.
Isla next appears in Dundee coming in summer 2018, starring alongside Danny McBride, Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Russell Crowe, Ruby Rose, Liam Hemsworth, Jessica Mauboy and Luke Bracey. Check out the trailer below!
Interview by Emma