Isabel Lucas

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Isabel Lucas
Isabel Lucas 2013.jpg
Lucas at the opening of the Christian Dior couture Sydney CBD store in January 2013
Born (1985-01-29) 29 January 1985 (age 33)
Melbourne, Australia
Nationality Australian and Swiss
Occupation Actress, and model
Years active 2003–present

Isabel Lucas (born 29 January 1985[1]) is an Australian actress and model. She is mainly 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). She appeared in The Loft (2014) and the thriller film Careful What You Wish For (2015), beside Nick Jonas. Lucas also appeared in Chasing Comets, in 2018, and That's Not Me in 2017.

Lucas has also appeared in the Australian drama-thriller, directed by Jared Januschka, Shooting in Vain, which released on 14 June 2018 in Australian and New Zealand theaters. It stars Alexandra Park, Diana Hopper, and Sebastian Gregory. Lucas will appear in the upcoming Australian biographical film, In Like Flynn on 11 October 2018, in which she will portray the character, "Rose".

In May 2008, Lucas was approached by Steven Spielberg, the executive producer of the Transformers (film series) who cast her into the second sequel of the series, Revenge of the Fallen, which was released on 24 June 2009. This posed as "a major breakthrough" in Lucas' career, in which she would go onto appear in other various Hollywood blockbuster films, between the years of 2009-2014.

Isabel Lucas left the CBS television series MacGyver from her role of Samantha Cage in June 2018.

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, she can speak French and Swiss-German in addition to 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. She was discovered 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]

Breakthrough (2009-2011)[edit]

Isabel moved to Los Angeles in February 2008 to pursue her acting career further, about two years after leaving Home and Away. During 2007 she focused on saving dolphins in Japan. 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.[6] She was cast in the movie, and shooting began in May 2008. Lucas went onto work with Michael Bay in the film series for the next year or so, before being cast into other blockbusters, at that time, being filmed and created.

Later in 2009, on October 17, Lucas won the best Breakout Performance-Female at the 2009 Scream Awards, for her performance in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, as "Alice".[7]

In 2009, she was cast in the vampire science-fiction thriller film Daybreakers. The film was released in November of that year, and it grossed $51.4m USD at the box office. The film stars Sam Neill, Willem Dafoe, and Michael Dorman.

In 2009, she was cast in the remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn,[citation needed] which was not released until November 2012.

In 2011, Lucas played the goddess Athena in the fantasy film Immortals and signed on to appear in the 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.[8]

In March 2013, it was announced that Lucas would star in the thriller Careful What You Wish For, which was not released until June 2016.[9]

Isabel moved back to Australia in November 2016, from Los Angeles, to work on several Australian films at home. She has since remained there from November 2016. In 2017, Isabel Lucas appeared in the Australian comedy-drama film, That's Not Me (film), beside Alice Foulcher, Richard Davies (Australian actor), and Rowan Davie. It was released on 7 September 2017.

She begin filming the feature movie "In Like Flynn (film)" in February 2017, with British and Australian actors William Moseley (actor), Clive Standen, Corey William Large, David Wenham and actress Nathalie Kelley.[10] The film will be released on 11 October 2018.[11] In May 2018, Lucas began filming the upcoming Australian-biographical film, The Ogilvy Fortune, set to release sometime soon in 2019.

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.[12] 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.[13]

In 2004, Lucas served as a spokesperson for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation[14] and provided support to many organisations, including World Vision as of 2009,[15] The Humour Foundation as of 2004,[16] Women Against Violence,[17][citation needed] Oxfam Community Aid Abroad as of 2006,[18] Global Green Plan as of 2009,[19] Save the Whales Again as of 2010[20] and Sea Shepherd as of 2012.[21]

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.[22]

Lucas, a vegetarian,[23] was nominated as one of Australia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities on PETAAsiaPacific.com for 2010.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Lucas at the Paris Hilton: Marquee The Star Sydney, 30 March 2012

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Alice
2009 Daybreakers Alison Bromley
2009 The Waiting City Scarlett
2009 The Cove (film)
2010 The Wedding Party Anna Petrov
2011 A Heartbeat Away Mandy Riddick
2011 Immortals Athena
2012 Red Dawn Erica Martin
2014 Electric Slide Pauline
2014 That Sugar Film Herself Documentary
2014 The Loft Sarah Deakins
2014 The Water Diviner Natalia
2014 Engram Short film
2015 Knight of Cups Isabel
2015 Careful What You Wish For Lena Harper
2016 The 11th Sisse
2016 Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child Gyp
2016 That's Not Me (film) Zoe Cooper
2018 Chasing Comets Brooke
2018 Shooting in Vain Kali Stewart
2018 In Like Flynn (film) Rose
2019 The Ogilvy Fortune

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003–2006 Home and Away Tasha Andrews Regular role
2010 The Pacific Gwen Episode: "Melbourne"
2017 Emerald City Anna Recurring role
2017-2018 MacGyver Samantha Cage Regular role

Bibliography[edit]

Contributor[edit]

  • Lucas, Isabel (2007). "Contributor". Laugh Even Louder!. By Camp Quality. Gosford, New South Wales: Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. ISBN 978-1-74169-022-4.[25]

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.
  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[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Transformers Star Isabel Lucas". Men.Style.com. p. 2. Archived from the original on 31 August 2009. 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. ^ "2009 Scream Awards", Wikipedia, 2018-03-05, retrieved 2018-10-17
  8. ^ "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.
  9. ^ Grey, Nathaniel. "See 'Breaking Bad' Finale at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 'Laramie Project: 10 Years Later' at The Village". Frontiers LA. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  10. ^ "Russell Mulcahy's 'In Like Flynn' hits Australian cinemas in October". The Reel Bits. 2018-08-21. Retrieved 2018-09-30.
  11. ^ Umbrella Entertainment (2018-08-20), In Like Flynn (2018) - Trailer : In Cinemas October 11, retrieved 2018-09-30
  12. ^ "Lucas prepared for jail in anti-whaling fight". Ninemsn. PBL Media & Microsoft. 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 14 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2008.
  13. ^ "Cypress.ne.jp" (in Japanese). 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)
  14. ^ "Annual Report 2004-2005 Editorial_Art.indd" (PDF). National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2012.
  15. ^ "World Vision Australia". Archived from the original on 2 January 2009.
  16. ^ "Humour Foundation – Smile Day 2004". Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  17. ^ "Women Against Violence,".
  18. ^ "Fit, fabulous and 40 – Celebrate Oxfam Australia's Walk against Want". Oxfam Australia. 14 March 2006. Archived from the original on 2008-07-23.
  19. ^ "Melbourne 2030" (PDF). DSE086 newsletter 09.indd. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  20. ^ "Save the WHALES Again- Japanese Boycott". Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  21. ^ "Sea Shepherd Conservation society". Archived from the original on 29 January 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  22. ^ "Original TV Shows, Reality TV Shows". MTV. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
  23. ^ "Isabel Lucas character Sam has cruel intentions in Transformers". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 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.
  24. ^ Meet the 2010 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Winners! Archived 21 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. PETAAsiaPacific.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-24.
  25. ^ Camp Quality (2007). Laugh Even Louder!. Gosford, New South Wales: Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-74169-022-4. |access-date= requires |url= (help)

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