Isabel Lucas

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Isabel Lucas
Isabel Lucas 2013.jpg
Lucas at the open of the Christian Dior couture Sydney CBD store in January 2013.
Born (1985-01-29) 29 January 1985 (age 29)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2003–present

Isabel Lucas (born 29 January 1985)[1] is an Australian actress and model. She is best known for her roles in Home and Away (2003–2006), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Daybreakers (2009), The Pacific (2010), Immortals (2011), and Red Dawn (2012). In 2014, she will appear alongside Nick Jonas in the thriller film Careful What You Wish For.

Early life[edit]

Lucas was born in Melbourne, Australia,[1][2] the daughter of Beatrice, a special needs teacher, and Andrew, a pilot.[3] Her father is Australian and her mother is Swiss, and she speaks German and French in addition to her native English.[1] As a child, Lucas lived in Cairns, Queensland. She also lived in Switzerland and Kakadu, in the Northern Territory.[4] Lucas attended St. Monica's College in Cairns.[5]

Career[edit]

Lucas at the 2011 WonderCon

Lucas was involved in drama during her school years and attended courses at Victorian College of Arts and Queensland University of Technology. After being discovered while vacationing by her now agent Sharron Meissner, she auditioned for the role of Kit Hunter in Home and Away; although the producer of the show, Julie McGauran, felt that role was not right for Isabel, she was sufficiently impressed to have a new character, Tasha Andrews, created for her.[1] Lucas won a Logie Award (for new popular talent) for her performance on the series.[1]

In 2009, she appeared in the vampire science-fiction thriller film Daybreakers with Willem Dafoe. While working with Steven Spielberg on the World War II miniseries The Pacific, Spielberg suggested Lucas for the role of Alice in the sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, where he served as executive producer for the film with Michael Bay as the director.[6]

In 2009, she was cast in the remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn, alongside Josh Peck and Josh Hutcherson, and Home and Away.[citation needed] The film was originally going to be released in late 2010, but due to financial problems it was pushed back to September 2011,[citation needed] then officially released in November 2012.

In 2011, Lucas played the goddess Athena in the fantasy film Immortals and signed on to appear in Terrence Malick's film Knight of Cups.

In November 2012, Lucas was featured as the main character in the music video for "Give Me Love" by British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.[7]

In March 2013, it was announced that Lucas will star alongside Nick Jonas in the 2014 thriller Careful What You Wish For.[8]

Activism[edit]

In October 2007, Lucas was part of a group of 30 people from Surfers for Cetaceans, including American actress Hayden Panettiere, surfers David Rastovich and Vaya Phrachanh who took part in a protest against dolphin culling in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan.[9] The group paddled out on surfboards to the dolphins to attempt to stop the hunt, but they were forced to turn around after being intercepted by one of the fishing boats. They drove straight to Kansai International Airport and left the country to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police. There is still an outstanding arrest warrant for Lucas in Japan. In a news interview, Lucas stated that the cull was grounded on purely economic reasons, claiming polls show that 70% of Japanese oppose whaling. Taiji's fishery cooperative union argues that these protesters "continue willfully to distort the facts about this fishery" and that the protesters' agendas are "based neither on international law nor on science but rather on emotion for economic self-interest".[10]

Lucas is a spokesperson for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation[11] and supports many organisations, including World Vision,[12] The Humour Foundation,[13] Women Against Violence,[14][citation needed] Oxfam Community Aid Abroad,[15] Global Green Plan,[16] Save the Whales Again[17] and Sea Shepherd.[18]

In 2010, Lucas and the Summit on the Summit team climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about the global clean water crisis.[19]

Lucas, a vegetarian,[20] was nominated as one of Australia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities on PETAAsiaPacific.com for 2010.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Lucas at the Paris Hilton: Marquee The Star Sydney, 30 March 2012
Year Title Role Notes
2003–2006 Home and Away Tasha Andrews Television series
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Alice Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best WTF Moment
2009 Cove, TheThe Cove Herself Documentary
2009 Daybreakers Alison Bromley
2009 Waiting City, TheThe Waiting City Scarlett
2010 Pacific, TheThe Pacific Gwen Mini-series
2010 Wedding Party, TheThe Wedding Party Anna Petrov
2011 A Heartbeat Away Mandy Riddick
2011 Immortals Athena
2012 Red Dawn Erica Martin
2012 "Give Me Love" Cupid Ed Sheeran music video[22]
2014 Loft, TheThe Loft Sarah Deakins
2014 Careful What You Wish For Lena
2014 Knight of Cups Isabel Post-production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Meet the Cast Isabel Lucas". Home and Away – Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 28 November 2005. [dead link]
  2. ^ Marcy Medina (18 June 2009). "Coming to America: Isabel Lucas". WWD (Women's Wear Daily) Issue 06/18/2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  3. ^ http://isabellucasinspired.org/press/news.php?newsid=28
  4. ^ "Transformers Star Isabel Lucas". Men.Style.com. p. 2. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Carins-grown Isabel Lucas knows when to sparkle". The Cairns Post. 30 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Huguenin, Patrick (24 June 2009). "Isabel Lucas might make audiences forget Megan Fox in the new 'Transformers'". NY Daily News. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "Isabel Lucas lands lead role in Ed Sheeran's Give Me Love film clip". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 
  8. ^ Grey, Nathaniel. "See 'Breaking Bad' Finale at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 'Laramie Project: 10 Years Later' at The Village". Frontiers LA. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  9. ^ "Lucas prepared for jail in anti-whaling fight". Ninemsn (PBL Media & Microsoft). 11 December 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  10. ^ (Japanese) "Cypress.ne.jp". "Japanese fishermen working in Taiji’s traditional drive fishery were yet again harassed earlier this month by representatives of an eco-terrorist organization."  (English version below Japanese text)
  11. ^ "Annual Report 2004-2005 Editorial_Art.indd" (PDF). National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). 2005. [dead link]
  12. ^ "World Vision Australia". [dead link]
  13. ^ "Humour Foundation – Smile Day 2004". Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Women Against Violence,". 
  15. ^ "Fit, fabulous and 40 – Celebrate Oxfam Australia’s Walk against Want". Oxfam Australia. 14 March 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23. 
  16. ^ "Melbourne 2030" (PDF). DSE086 newsletter 09.indd. Retrieved 24 January 2010. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Save the WHALES Again- Japanese Boycott". Retrieved 24 January 2010. [dead link]
  18. ^ "Sea Shepherd Conservation society". Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.mtv.com/shows/summit_on_the_summit/series.jhtml
  20. ^ "Isabel Lucas character Sam has cruel intentions in Transformers". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). 13 June 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. "A film full of giant robots, explosions, fight scenes and scantily-clad babes doesn't seem like the most natural choice of projects for a vegetarian anti-whaling activist who listens to Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye and Al Green." 
  21. ^ Meet the 2010 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Winners!. PETAAsiaPacific.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-24.
  22. ^ Ed Sheeran - Give Me Love [Official Video] on YouTube

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