Isabel Lucas


Isabel Lucas


Isabel Lucas (born January 29, 1985 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian actress of Swiss descent, perhaps best known for her role as Tasha Andrews on popular Australian television soap opera Home and Away until 2006 and for her active role in various environmental awareness organizations including Sea Shepherd. Lucas resides in both her native Australia and spends time in the United States professionally. Lucas is of general public interest for her on-again-off-again relationship with previous Home and Away co-star Chris Hemsworth.

Biography

Early life and family

As a child, Lucas lived in Melbourne, then in Switzerland, but later moved to a small mining town in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory with her sister, Swiss mother and Australian father. Lucas speaks French and German in addition to her native English.

Career

Television

Lucas enrolled with the Victorian College of Arts but had never pursued commercial roles until she was spotted at the Port Douglas market by Sharron Meissner, a Sydney theatrical agent. She auditioned for the role of Kit Hunter in Home and Away (now played by Amy Mizzi); while 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. Lucas won a Logie Award (for new popular talent) for her performance on the program. Playing Tasha Andrews on Home and Away was Lucas' first television role. She also appeared in an American television commercial for Crest Toothpaste.

Film

Lucas is currently filming her debut role in a film in the upcoming vampire thriller Daybreakers which is set for release in 2008, which stars Ethan Hawke.

Lucas has been cast as Gwen in the Steven Spielberg World War II miniseries, The Pacific.

Public image

Activism

In October of 2007, Isabel Lucas was part of a group of 30 people from Greenpeace International (including American actress Hayden Panettiere) who took part in a protest against the dolphin hunting in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan. The group paddled out on surfboards to the dolphins to attempt to stop the local fishermen from carrying out their hunt, but they were forced to turn around after being intercepted by one of the fishing boats. They drove straight to Osaka airport and left the country to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police. Many Japanese consider this kind of act as an attack on their culture. Taiji's fishery cooperative union argues that these protesters "continue willfully to distort the facts about this fishery" and protester's agendas are " based neither on international law nor on science but rather on emotion for economic self-interest."

Lucas is a spokesperson for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and supports and is an ambassador to many organisations including:

* World Vision
* The Humour Foundation
* Women Against Violence
* Seeing Eye Dogs Australia
* Oxfam Community Aid Abroad
* Global Green Plan
* Save the Whales Again

Personal life

Lucas dated co-star Chris Hemsworth on and off until June 2006 before mutually splitting.

Lucas is a self-described "big animal lover"[citation needed], does not wear fur[citation needed] and describes herself as "sort of a hippie."

Filmography

* Daybreakers — TBA — (2008)

Website

Home and Away

Profiles

Save The Whales Again

Whales

Nature

Cancer Awareness

Environmentalists and the environment

Media Man Australia does not represent Isabel Lucas, however has assisted Save The Whales Again in a media and publicity capacity