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currently working on a fourth book in her Marge In Charge
series. 'I worry that books for children are dying out,' she says.
'We're in a world of emojis, hashtags and Twitter feeds and I
think we occasionally need to find words to express ourselves,
instead of an emoticon happy poo. The wider your vocabulary,
the easier it is to articulate more clearly and precisely.
'We all get lazy with images and turn off, but that's where
fake news really prospers; we don't bother to read well
written, worthy articles any more. Then we find people get
elected that we might not want, and the world goes to shit.'

HAVING IT ALL

IT'S LESS 'WHAT MORE
CAN I HAVE?' THAN
'HOW GREAT IT IS I'VE
GOT WHAT I'VE GOT'

CONSIDERING THE FUTURE
Isla is very focused on the future, not just in terms of the
people her children are going to grow into, but the state of
the world by the time they reach adulthood. 'I worry that
if we don't start foregoing fossil fuel, living closer to work,
become vegetarian and stop cutting down trees, we're all
going to impact climate change to such a degree that it's
irreversible. I'm constantly inspired by those who have given
up their lives and jobs to raise awareness and create decent
structure to really make change. We need to start listening.'
Looking forward herself, Isla's remaining ambitions are all
family related. 'In terms of my career, I feel like I've surpassed my
wildest dreams,' she says. 'When I used to think of Hollywood
as a young kid, growing up in Perth, I always imagined I'd be
cleaning someone else's pool, not having one of my own.
'I feel so grateful for everything I have and the health and
happiness of my family is the ultimate goal. For me now, it's
less about "what more I can have?" and rather about "how
great it is that I've got what I've got."' B
Marge and the Great Train Rescue, the third in Isla Fisher's
Marge in Charge series of books for five to eight year olds, is
available now (£5.99, Piccadilly Press)

ISLA'S FORMULA
FOR A HAPPY
LIFE

FAMILY

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way as well? 'I've stopped having that battle,' she admits
happily. 'I've chosen to embrace the ageing process. I don't
want to look younger, I just want to look OK for my age.
Realising that has made life a lot easier.'

HEALTH

NEGATIVITY

BA LA N CE December 2017

GRATITUDE

HAPPINESS

PHOTOGRAPHY: CAMERA PRESS

Despite her acting career going from strength to strength, [her
box office hits after Wedding Crashers have included The Great
Gatsby, Now You See Me and Nocturnal Animals] Isla's primary
job is that of a mum, a role she refuses to relinquish, no matter
what may come calling. 'I have three tiny people to look after
now and it's the best thing in the world,' she says. 'Acting isn't
quite as appealing when you not only have to find a role you're
challenged by, but also one that coincides with the school
holidays and isn't being shot on another continent. You're very
limited in what you're able to do.'
She makes it sound as if you
can't have it all. 'You can,' she
says, 'just not all at the same
time. But then, why would
you want to? There's a real
pressure on us, particularly
as women, to be perfect and
do everything, but we are
only setting ourselves up for
disappointment. Sometimes
I think we could all do with cutting ourselves some slack. I'm
not perfect - I'm consistently dropping balls - but that's OK.'
Whenever Isla feels the pressure, she reverts to meditation
with Headspace - an app recommended by Sacha. 'I'm
hooked,' she says, 'but I usually do it when it's too late! By the
time I get around to it, I'm already feeling the stress - which
isn't healthy. Meditation definitely works though. It quietens
frantic thoughts and unlocks creativity.'
For the most part, Isla likes to live a clean, healthy life,
and can normally be found dressed in sportswear which, she
laughs, 'is pretty ironic, seeing as I never go to the gym.' She
continues: 'I like to give the impression I'm trying to be fit - all
the gear, no idea - that's me!' That's not to say she's lacking
in exercise. If she's not hiking with her girlfriends or running
around the park with her kids, she'll be dropping in on a yoga
class. 'I do try,' she says. 'I also drink lots of water, make sure I
get seven hours sleep a night and eat as clean as I can.'
That's all great for her inner self and wellbeing, but does
being in the spotlight mean she feels she has to look a certain



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