Q and A With… Isla Fisher

The Shopaholic star talks about shopping, dancing, dressing and workplace romancing.

In Confessions of a Shopaholic, your character begins the film by acknowledging that getting excited about shopping is even more important than finding an attractive guy! What's your take? Are men not as good as shopping?

I shop rarely and poorly. I definitely appreciate men more than stores! My character is just this lovely, optimistic, happy, good girl who is also an impulsive shopper! She just can’t help falling in love with shiny objects and has this childlike lust for new things.

Your character ends up getting romantically involved with her boss. What do you think about workplace romance?

Well, I think it works out very well for Rebecca in the story because Luke actually uncovers her voice and helps to fulfill her — she doesn’t realize how talented she is until she meets him. And for him, as a result of being around her, he learns to loosen up. And that’s why their relationship is so nice. It’s wonderful when two people can learn so much from each other like that. I think people can really relate to that.

Personally, I’m not a fan of romance in the workplace, because then you start seeing someone every day!

You got to dance—albeit a bit wackily!—with your very sexy costar Hugh Dancy.

Hugh is so much fun! He’s down to earth, and has that typical British sensibility, very witty, dry and smart. I think he brought all those qualities to Luke, and the relationship between him and Rebecca is very sweet.

Was he a good dancer?

Yeah, I think he’s a wonderful dancer! He remembered the traditional moves far better than I did, and he sort of guided me through that scene! What I loved about Hugh was that he came to the movie and took it seriously as if he was in a dramatic movie, which was so important! As a result, he played the greatest straight man, and it gave me somewhere to go and be more outrageous. He brought so much integrity and heart to the film.

You wore such great colors in the film. Do you think women should try to be daring in their color choices when they are out on a date?

Absolutely! Though the basic black dress always works, too.

Would you ever want to work with your equally sexy hubby, Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen?

I think he’s the funniest man on earth! I would absolutely love to!

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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