Lucas at the open of the Christian Dior couture Sydney CBD store in January 2013.
29 January 1985 |
Isabel Lucas (born 29 January 1985) 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.
Lucas was born in Melbourne, Australia, the daughter of Beatrice, a special needs teacher, and Andrew, a pilot. Her father is Australian and her mother is Swiss, and she speaks German and French in addition to her native English. As a child, Lucas lived in Cairns, Queensland. She also lived in Switzerland and Kakadu, in the Northern Territory. Lucas went to St. Monica's College in Cairns.
Lucas was involved in drama during her school years and attended courses at Victorian College of Arts and Queensland University of Technology. But Lucas had never pursued commercial roles until Sharron Meissner, a Sydney talent agent, claims to have discovered Lucas while she was vacationing in Port Douglas. If fact it was a pre-arranged meeting. Even today, the media claim she was 'discovered under a mango tree in Port Douglas'. 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. Lucas won a Logie Award (for new popular talent) for her performance on the series.
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.
In 2009, she was cast in the remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn alongside Josh Peck, Josh Hutcherson and Home and Away cast mate and real life former boyfriend Chris Hemsworth. The film was originally going to be released in late 2010, but due to financial problems it got pushed back to September 2011. The film was officially released in November 2012.
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 hunting drive in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. 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 Osaka 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. Many Japanese consider this kind of act as an attack on their culture. In a news interview, Lucas stated that this was for 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".
Lucas is a spokesperson for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation and supports many organisations, including World Vision, The Humour Foundation, Women Against Violence, Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, Global Green Plan, Save the Whales Again and Sea Shepherd.
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.
|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||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|
|2014||Loft, TheThe Loft||Sarah|
|2014||Careful What You Wish For||Lena|
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- Grey, Nathaniel. "See 'Breaking Bad' Finale at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 'Laramie Project: 10 Years Later' at The Village". Frontiers LA. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
- "Lucas prepared for jail in anti-whaling fight". Ninemsn (PBL Media & Microsoft). 11 December 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
- "TV Star In Japan Dolphin Cull Clash". Sky News (News Corporation). 1 November 2007.[dead link]
- (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)
- "Annual Report 2004-2005 Editorial_Art.indd" (PDF). National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). 2005.[dead link]
- "World Vision Australia".[dead link]
- "Humour Foundation – Smile Day 2004". Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- "Women Against Violence,".
- "Fit, fabulous and 40 – Celebrate Oxfam Australia’s Walk against Want". Oxfam Australia. 14 March 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23.
- "Melbourne 2030" (PDF). DSE086 newsletter 09.indd. Retrieved 24 January 2010.[dead link]
- "Save the WHALES Again- Japanese Boycott". Retrieved 24 January 2010.[dead link]
- "Sea Shepherd Conservation society". Retrieved 21 February 2012.
- "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."
- Meet the 2010 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Winners!. PETAAsiaPacific.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-24.
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