Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 April 2015

Isla Fisher: I don't need perfection

Isla Fisher
Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher has realised she doesn’t need to be “perfect”.

The actress is married to British comic star Sacha Baron Cohen and they raise two daughters together – five-year-old Olive and Elula, two. Isla graces the front cover of the May issue of Fitness magazine, and in the accompanying interview reveals she is focusing on her gifts rather than her flaws.

“For me, so much about life is acceptance. You can look in the mirror and find a million things wrong with yourself,” she explained. “Or, you can look in the mirror and think, ‘I feel good, I have my health, and I’m so blessed.’ That’s the way I choose to look at it. I don’t need to be perfect.”

Isla’s first pregnancy took a real toll on her, as she battled sickness and gained 65 pounds. The 37-year-old also had to contend with a hectic work schedule, as she was due to begin shooting Confessions of a Shopaholic just three months after giving birth.

“I had severe morning sickness both [pregnancies], so I mostly ate supersize bowls of white pasta with loads of butter and cheese because that was the only thing that took away the nausea,” she recalled. “The producer Jerry Bruckheimer hired a trainer to work with me three times a week. That was both inspirational and terrifying because I didn’t want to let the trainer down.”

Now she is a mother, Isla is determined to have a healthy attitude towards diet and exercise. The Great Gatsby actress practises yoga five times a week and doesn’t miss her flat stomach because having children has been her “greatest achievement”.

“I don't even own a scale. I have two young girls, and I wouldn't want them to see me weighing myself all the time. I don't think it sends the right message,” the flame-haired star added.

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