Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
First noticed as Tasha Andrews on the hit Australian soap "Home and Away," Aussie actress Isabel Lucas made the move to Hollywood and will be seen in the upcoming miniseries produced by "Band of Brothers" creators Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, "The Pacific." Moviegoers will also catch her in the upcoming films "Daybreakers," "The Waiting City," "A Girl and a Gun," and "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
Meanwhile, this 5' 6" blonde actress was featured in the 2007 February edition of the Australian girl's magazine Disney Girl and has graced the covers of Total Girl, Crème, TV Week, Girlfriend, TV Guide, Dolly, and Girl Power magazines. She also appeared in an American television commercial for Crest toothpaste.
“Well, the best piece of fashion advice I gave someone would be, ‘Be individual and wear what suits you and what you like!’” Isabel Lucas
More personally, Lucas has dated her “Home and Away” costar Chris Hemsworth, American actor Adrian Grenier, and was romantically linked to her "Transformers" costar, actor Shia LaBeouf.
Childhood and Family:
“I have like so many cool and funky nicknames. My sister tends to call me Belle. I love it when my friends call me Izzy. But, my favorite nickname is Isabella.” Isabel Lucas
Daughter of a Swiss mother and an Australian father, Isabel Lucas was born on January 29, 1985, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She was raised in Cairns and attended St. Monica's High School. She would later study drama at the Victorian College of Arts and the Queensland University of Technology. She speaks French, German and English and has an older sister named Nini.
Isabel is an animal lover and has been involved in many charities, including Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, Save the Whales Again, World Vision (she is a sponsor of a 10-year-old girl from Zambia and her parents sponsor children from Africa, Latin America and Asia), the Humour Foundation, National Tree Day, Women Against Violence, Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, and Global Green Plan. She is also a spokesperson for the National Breast Cancer Awareness program.
“I am totally addicted to natural beauty products. I like to look natural and radiant so my best beauty tip is start on the inside. Make sure to eat healthy and drink plenty of water.” Isabel Lucas
Isabel is friends with her “Home and Away” costars Indiana Evans, Sharni Vinson, and Jason Smith. She also dated her “Home and Away” costar Chris Hemsworth.
In early 2008, Isabel moved to Los Angeles and dated American actor Adrian Grenier. In July that same year, she was involved in a car crash with her "Transformers" costar, actor Shia LaBeouf, where she escaped with a minor head injury while LeBeouf was left with a crushed hand needing extensive surgery.
Home and Away
"I keep asking myself, 'Why am I so special?' I don't understand why I'm so blessed to be in this position." Isabel Lucas
Discovered while on vacation in Port Arthur by a Sydney theatrical agent, Isabel Lucas scored a chance to audition for “Home and Away,” an Australian soap opera. Since the producers thought she didn’t fit the role she tried out for, they created a new character for the budding actress. The newcomer played the role of Tasha Andrews and stayed on the hit, long-running show from 2003 to 2006 and won a Logie Award for the Most Popular New Female Talent category in 2004.
On getting her role on “Home and Away,” Lucas recalled, “We found out when ‘Home and Away’ rang mum on her mobile when she was driving. Mum pulled over and I then got on the phone. I was so excited and we had a big family dinner that night to celebrate.”
During this time, Lucas was also featured in the 2007 February edition of the Australian girl's magazine Disney Girl and has since graced the covers of Total Girl, Crème, TV Week, Girlfriend, TV Guide, Dolly, and Girl Power magazines. She would also appear in an American television commercial for Crest toothpaste.
After completing her “Home and Away” duties, Lucas took a brief hiatus from acting. She will return in an upcoming 10-part TV miniseries about the U.S. involvement in the Pacific during World War II, "The Pacific," which was produced by "Band of Brothers" producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
Lucas will also appear in "Daybreakers," an upcoming vampire film written and directed by Peter and Michael Spierig. In the movie, she shares the screen with Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill, and portrays the character of Alison Bromley, the last surviving member of the human race. The film is slated to be released on September 11, 2009.
Lucas will soon complete filming "The Waiting City," a love story written and directed by Claire McCarthy in which Lucas stars opposite Radha Mitchell. She is currently working with Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro on Michael Bay's sequel to 2007's "Transformers," "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." In the film, Lucas portrays Alice, a Pretender who stalks LaBeouf's Sam.
“I auditioned for lots of different projects, all grass roots at the moment, so I can't really speak about them. But I met with lots of agents, including Kate Winslet's. She (Winslet) actually called when I was in the meeting. She was flying out to the Oscars the next day. It was all so surreal.” Isabel Lucas
Meanwhile, Lucas will also team up with Christopher Walken for writer/director Filip Jan Rymsza's upcoming romantic film, "A Girl and a Gun."
“Film (is my focus), but I want to try all different mediums. I have really had a lot of time to think about what I want and ‘Home and Away’ was a wonderful learning experience, but it was a lot of pressure for a young person straight from school. Acting is what I love, so film and theatre is what I want to do now.” Isabel Lucas (on her future)
Logie: Most Popular New Female Talent, "Home and Away," 2004