Check out this fantastic new interview with Izzy from the Cairns Post today! In it she talks about Cairns, Sea Shepherd, her agent Sharron Meissner, and – most excitingly of all – her experience on Knight Of Cups. I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed hearing from Isabel, so I really enjoyed reading this!
You can also find it in our Press section now too.
Acting out for the environment
She may be one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars, but Isabel Lucas remains true to her Cairns roots with her environmental passions.
She’s just wrapped up filming alongside Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Cate Blanchett, but Isabel’s mind is hardly on Hollywood.
Rather, it’s on the Coral Sea, and the Kimberley in northwest Australia, and off the coast of California… in fact, anywhere the environment is under threat.
The experience of filming alongside three Oscar winners and under the guidance of a director she idolises is barely enough to distract the former Cairns schoolgirl from a passion equal to acting.
While her stomping ground is a far cry from her home in Los Angeles, a move that has helped fill her resume with feature films Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Immortals, The Pacific and Daybreakers, the plight of the Far North’s marine environment remains a priority.
“I feel we are so lucky to experience living in such a beautiful part of the world,” Isabel says of Cairns.
“Living by one of the great natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef – with some of the most unique and attractive sea creatures in the world, it’s our responsibility to love it and care for it.”
Just three months ago, paparazzo pictures posted on tablood websites show Isabel strolling casually with Christian Bale on the film set of her latest film Knight of Cups.
She plays the role of Caroline, who has an apparent romantic link to the Dark Knight star’s character Rick.
Under the instructions of enigmatic director Terrence Malick, Isabel doesn’t speak about the storyline – it’s reportedly about “a man, temptations, celebrity and excess” – but raves about working with one of the industry’s most in‑demand leading men.
“Christian Bale, his generosity and sensitivity…he’s an incredible person,” Isabel says.
“To describe what he’s like as an actor would never do him justice.
“I learnt so much from him, from his fierce truth.”
Likewise, her views on Terrence Malick, who also directed The Thin Red Line, are as favourable.
“If I could work with Terrence again one day that would be a dream,” Isabel says.
“He wants to capture truth and the realness of raw human emotions, raw human moments, the moments that will always connect us all.
“To see the vulnerability in all of us, the imperfectness in all of us, it’s heartening and beautiful.”
Now 27, Isabel says it’s her active involvement in conservation that keeps her grounded, despite a career that in six years has catapulted her from the Home and Away set in Sydney across the Pacific to Hollywood.
“In the truest sense, I feel being humble is an integral part of being successful,” she says.
“It’s about finding a balance… being passionate about what you’re doing and not having a huge attachment to it.”
Her discovery as a screen star is well documented. In 2002, she was spotted by Sydney talent agent Sharron Meissner while wandering the Port Douglas community markets one Sunday.
“I had a really good clear instinct when I met her,” she says. “I remember it felt strong. I was interested to talk to her and I could tell she had good intentions.”
Within 12 months, she was cast as Tasha in Home and Away, a role that won her the Most Popular New Female Talent TV Week Logie award.
Though she enjoyed drama classes, the then 19-year-old St Monica’s College graduate believed at the time her future lay in other vocations.
“I was aware I was quite shy when I was younger,” Isabel says. “I loved art and learning about holistic healing and imagined I would have explored further down those pathways had I not met Sharron.
“I liked drama at school and the idea of stories bringing us together in a really powerful way.”
The three-year stint in the Aussie soap was only a launching pad.
Director Michael Bay cast her in the Transformers sequel in 2008, alongside Shia LeBouf and Megan Fox, in 2008.
Daybreakers (Ethan Hawke, Willem DeFoe and Sam Neill) followed, then the Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks produced HBO mini-series The Pacific, some of which was filmed in Far North Queensland.
Then Immortals came along, with screen time next to Mickey Rourke and John Hurt. In Red Dawn (which is about to hit screens), a rework of the 1980s film, she reunites with fellow Aussie Chris Hemsworth.
With a few Australian films squeezed in-between her Hollywood commitments, Isabel has established a presence that has captured the attention of online film sites.
Inevitably, she has been linked to the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal, Jared Leto, Joel Edgerton and Adrian Grenier and Australian musician Angus Stone, who she parted ways with in 2011.
She’s hardly fazed about rumours.
“I prefer not to know what’s written,” Isabel says. “It’s usually not really true either. I understand it’s one part of the job and it’s OK. I just keep my focus on things that feed me positivity.”
That outlook also maintains her involvement in conservation, a topic that elicits the most in‑depth response.
Last year, Isabel joined eco-surfer David Rastovich, a close friend, on a month-long sailing and paddling trip down the Californian coast to highlight the plight of cetaceans and dolphins for the TransparentSea campaign.
She’s an avid supporter of green groups and her latest focus is on a proposed gas refinery at James Price Point, north of Broome.
In 2007, Japanese police issued an arrest warrant for Isabel when she, along with five celebrities and professional surfers, formed a floating ring of surfboards off the country’s coast to protest the slaughter of whales.
While her activism with harder core groups such as Sea Shepherd fuels her reputation as a “hippy chick”, she’s proud of her efforts.
“I believe 100 per cent in the work they (Sea Shepherd Society) do,” Isabel says.
She’s happy to continue riding the wave but does have ambitions to work with more film industry heavyweights.
“I’d like to do films that will help me learn what I need to learn at that point in my life.”