Erin Nolan February 4, 2009
It can be hard to keep track of all the different rising stars in Hollywood, especially when two actresses with similar looks and bubbly personalities rise to prominence around the same time. Here are some tips on how to tell the difference between Amy Adams and Isla Fisher:
In Enchanted, Amy Adams played the first ever Disney princess that feminists might feel comfortable letting their daughters watch — a fair animated maiden who gets banished to the real world and learns to stop playing the damsel in distress.
In Confessions of a Shopaholic, Isla Fisher plays the kind of fashion-obsessed ditz feminists fear their daughters will grow up to be if they watch too many Disney fairytales.
In 2006, Amy Adams got her first Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance in Junebug. That same year, Isla Fisher got her first Teen Choice Awards nomination in the category of “Choice Hissy Fit” for her performance in Wedding Crashers.
While Isla Fisher’s career is gaining momentum, she still isn’t as well-known as her fiancee, actor Sacha Baron Cohen.
Amy Adams’ fiancee, Darren Le Gallo, isn’t nearly as famous. In fact, has an IMDB biography that consists of only two sentences: “Met his girlfriend, Amy Adams, in 2001 in an acting class,” and “Engaged to Amy Adams.”
Some of Amy Adams’ earliest screen credits include brief, forgettable guest appearances on TV shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Office. Some of Isla Fisher’s earlier screen credits include much bigger roles on Australian TV shows that Americans have never heard of.
Isla Fisher has written and published two novels, Bewitched and Seduced by Fame. Amy Adams has not.
Isla Fisher is as comfortable playing psychopaths (Wedding Crashers) as she is playing the girl next door (Definitely, Maybe). So far, we’ve only seen Amy Adams play naive and upbeat characters, but she’s been able to play them in a wider variety of films, from heavy dramas (Doubt) to quirky indies (Junebug) to family films (Enchanted).
Amy Adams was born to American parents in Italy and raised in Colorado. Isla Fisher was born to Scottish parents in Oman and raised in Australia. Yet when Fisher speaks with an American accent, their voices are eerily similar.
Isla Fisher is a redhead. Amy Adams is a strawberry blonde. There really is a big difference.
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