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Despite starring in new film Confessions of a Shopaholic, Australian actress Isla Fisher maintains that she is nothing like her character when it comes to splashing out.
Born of Scottish parents, Fisher admitted the tight-fisted reputation of the Scots may have passed onto her.
“I am good with money. I am fairly frugal,” said the former Home and Away star.
“I shop very rarely and not very well,” she admitted.
However, the actress could relate to the character in other aspects of her life.
“I’m not a shopaholic and I’ve never really been in debt, but I related to her in the way she is always in trouble and she has a good relationship with her family and friends,” said the actress, who is engaged to Ali G funny-man Sacha Baron Cohen.
She added: “I’d like to think I’m as optimistic and energetic as she is.”
Confessions of a Shopaholic, which is based on the best-selling book by Sophie Kinsella, is a cautionary, comedic tale of an aspiring journalist who runs up a massive credit card debt while shopping for clothing and accessories.
Fisher, who has an increasing reputation as a comedy actress due to recent films Hot Rod and The Wedding Crashers, said the career path was down to fiancé Cohen’s influence.
“He’s actually the reason I got into comedy, because I was going for these dramatic roles and he said to me that he thought I was funny,” she said.
“It was such high praise coming from him that I ended up auditioning for Wedding Crashers and then I sort of moved into comedy,” said Fisher, who has also published two best-selling novels.
Confessions of a Shopaholic is released February 20.