Isabel Lucas

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Isabel Lucas
Isabel Lucas 2013.jpg
Lucas at the opening of the Christian Dior couture Sydney CBD store in January 2013
Born (1985-01-29) 29 January 1985 (age 34)
OccupationActress, model
Years active2003–present

Isabel Lucas (born 29 January 1985[1]) is an Australian actress and model. From 2003–06 she played Tasha Andrews in Home and Away, her most notable roles are in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Daybreakers (2009), The Waiting City (2009), Immortals (2011), A Heartbeat Away, (2011) Red Dawn (2012), Electric Slide (2014), The Water Diviner (2014), and That's Not Me (2017). She played a supporting role in The Loft (2014) and the 2015 thriller film Careful What You Wish For beside Nick Jonas and Dermot Mulroney. Lucas co-starred beside Alice Foulcher in 2017's comedy drama That's Not Me as Zoe Cooper. In 2018, Lucas starred as Brooke in Chasing Comets and Rose in the biographical mystery In Like Flynn beside William Moseley and Corey William Large.

In 2008, Lucas was approached by Steven Spielberg, the executive producer of the Transformers film series who cast her into the second sequel, Revenge of the Fallen, as the role of Alice; this later became the debut role in Lucas's career, earning her the reward for "Best Breakout Performance-Female" in sci-fi and action at the 2009 Scream Awards.[citation needed] It is also one of her most known roles alongside other action and thriller films, including Daybreakers (2009), Immortals (2011), Red Dawn (2012) and The Water Diviner (2014).

From 2017–18, Lucas played Samantha Cage in CBS' remake series MacGyver.[2] Lucas left her role as Samantha Cage in the CBS television series MacGyver in June 2018.[3]

Lucas appeared in the Australian drama-thriller Shooting in Vain, directed by Jared Januscka, which released on worldwide in 2018, it stars Alexandra Park, Diana Hopper, and Sebastian Gregory. Later in 2018, she appeared in In Like Flynn as the character Rose; the film became a success in Australia, New Zealand, and Britain, rating as a 66–70% after its opening weekend. It was later released worldwide the following year on 25 January.[4]

Early life[edit]

Lucas was born in Melbourne, Australia,[1][5] the daughter of Beatrice, a special needs teacher, and Andrew, a pilot,[6] her father is Australian and her mother is Swiss, she can speak French and Swiss-German in addition to English.[1] As a child, Lucas lived in Cairns, Queensland, she also lived in Switzerland and Kakadu, in the Northern Territory.[7] Lucas attended St. Monica's College in Cairns.[8]


Lucas at the 2011 WonderCon

2003–15: Home Away and Hollywood[edit]

Lucas was involved in drama during her school years and attended courses at Victorian College of Arts and Queensland University of Technology.[citation needed] In 2002, she was discovered by agent Sharron Meissner whilst on a holiday.[citation needed] Lucas auditioned for the role of Kit Hunter in Home and Away; although 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.[1]

During 2007 she focused on saving dolphins in Japan,[citation needed] and in October of that year appeared on the Australian Today Show to discuss this topic.[9] In 2008, Lucas moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career further.[10]

While working with Steven Spielberg on the World War II miniseries, The Pacific, Spielberg suggested Lucas for the role of Alice in the 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, sequel to Transformers (2007), where Spielberg was serving as the series' executive producer.[11] Shooting for this second film in the series began in May 2008.[citation needed] In a much later interview with ROVE, Lucas described the audition process for the role as "very interesting" and drastically different to any other audition she had done in the early years of her career.[12]

In 2008, Lucas was cast in the vampire science-fiction thriller film Daybreakers, where she played Alison Bromley, a character bitten and so turned into a vampire.[citation needed] In 2009, she was cast as the character Erica Martin in the remake of the 1984 film Red Dawn alongside fellow Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, which was ultimately released in November 2012.[citation needed] In 2009, Lucas played Scarlett in The Waiting City.[clarification needed][citation needed]

In 2011, Lucas played the goddess Athena in the fantasy film Immortals,[citation needed] and signed on to appear in the film Knight of Cups, which would be released in 2015.[citation needed] In November 2012, Lucas was featured as the main character in the music video for "Give Me Love" by British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.[13]

In March 2013, it was announced that Lucas would star in the thriller Careful What You Wish For, which was released in June 2016.[14] In 2014, Lucas was featured in the documentary That Sugar Film directed by Damon Gameau, on the topic of the affect that sugar has on the human body, and the need to eat truly healthy foods.[15]

2016–present: MacGyver and return to Australian film[edit]

In 2017, Isabel Lucas appeared in the Australian comedy-drama film, That's Not Me, beside Alice Foulcher, Richard Davies, and Rowan Davie, which was released worldwide on 7 September the same year.[citation needed] In September 2017 Lucas joined MacGyver, the 2016 remake series in Season 2, and played Samantha Cage in the series.[16] Lucas departed MacGyver in 2018 following several article accounts proving her character's absence from the series.[17]

She began filming the Australian biographical-drama film In Like Flynn in February 2017, with British and Australian actors William Moseley, Clive Standen, Corey William Large, David Wenham and actress Nathalie Kelley;[18] the film was released to Australia on 11 October 2018.[19] It was later released worldwide in February of the following year.[citation needed] In the same year, Lucas played Brooke in Chasing Comets, a biographical-drama comedy on the life of Chase, a famous Australian rugby league player.[citation needed] The same year, she played Kali Stewart in Shooting in Vain, a drama thriller starring Sebastian Gregory, Diana Hopper, and Colleen Kelly.[citation needed]

In May 2018, Lucas began filming the upcoming Australian-biographical feature film, The Ogilvy Fortune, with no set release date.[citation needed] In March 2019, Lucas confirmed that the short film, In The Night, starring Nash Edgerton and Isabel Lucas, would be released in a few months.[citation needed]


Lucas at the Paris Hilton: Marquee The Star Sydney, 30 March 2012


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Alice
2009 Daybreakers Alison Bromley
2009 The Waiting City Scarlett
2009 The Cove Herself Documentary
2010 The Wedding Party Anna Petrov
2011 A Heartbeat Away Mandy Riddick
2011 Immortals Athena
2012 Red Dawn Erica Martin
2014 Electric Slide Pauline
2014 That Sugar Film Herself Documentary
2014 The Loft Sarah Deakins
2014 The Water Diviner Natalia
2014 Engram Short film
2015 Knight of Cups Isabel
2015 Careful What You Wish For Lena Harper
2016 The 11th Sisse
2016 Science Fiction Volume One: The Osiris Child Gyp
2017 That's Not Me Zoe Cooper
2018 Chasing Comets Brooke
2018 Shooting in Vain Kali Stewart Post-production
2018 In Like Flynn Rose
2019 In the Night Marie Short film
2020 Brokers Tanya Pre-production
TBA The Ogilvy Fortune Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003–2006 Home and Away Tasha Andrews Regular role
2010 The Pacific Gwen Episode: "Melbourne"
2017 Emerald City Anna Recurring role
2017–2018 MacGyver Samantha Cage Regular role


In October 2007, Lucas was part of a group of 30 people from Surfers for Cetaceans, including American actress Hayden Panettiere, surfers David Rastovich and Vaya Phrachanh, who took part in a protest against dolphin culling in Taiji, Wakayama, Japan;[20] the group paddled out on surfboards to the dolphins to attempt to stop the hunt, but they were forced to turn around after being intercepted by one of the fishing boats. They drove straight to Kansai International Airport and left the country to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police. There is still an outstanding arrest warrant for Lucas in Japan.[21]

In 2004, Lucas served as a spokesperson for the Australian National Breast Cancer Foundation[22] and provided support to many organisations, including World Vision as of 2009,[23] The Humour Foundation as of 2004,[24] Women Against Violence,[25][citation needed] Oxfam Community Aid Abroad as of 2006,[26] Global Green Plan as of 2009,[27] Save the Whales Again as of 2010[28] and Sea Shepherd as of 2012.[29] In 2010, Lucas and the Summit on the Summit team climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness about the global clean water crisis.[30]

Since 2018, Lucas has been involved in the Stop Adani activism, protesting against Adani coal mines in her own home country and moreover.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Lucas at the Asos Fashion launch in 2011

Lucas relocated to Australia from the United States in 2016 to work on Australian films that were in production at the time.[citation needed] In an article released following her departure from the U.S., she explained that she moved back to Australia for purposes of being around her family more, and for the advantages of working on films in her own home country.[31] Lucas also stated that she usually travels back and forth between LA and Australia for film, but prefers Australia as her permanent residence.[32]

During her days in Home and Away, Lucas dated Chris Hemsworth, but the couple split when Lucas moved to Los Angeles in 2008.[33] In 2008, Lucas began dating Adrian Grenier.[citation needed] Later that year, in September, the couple split due to a rumours regarding her involvement with her Transformers co-star, Shia Labeouf.[34][35] In August 2019, Lucas was seen with Chris Hemsworth's brother Liam Hemsworth,[36] a few days after announcement of his legal separation from his wife of eight months, Miley Cyrus.[37] Later in August, Lucas addressed the rumours concerning her and Hemsworth, stating that they were false but acknowledging that she and Hemsworth were friends,[38] she later requested that the media respect the privacy of Hemsworth and Cyrus during the relationship change.[citation needed]

Lucas supports children by sponsorship in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.[citation needed] In addition to her vegetarianism,[39] Lucas is also an animal lover, and has stated that she has been since childhood.[40]

Nominations, awards and other recognition[edit]

Lucas won a Logie Award for new popular talent for her performance in the Home and Away series,[1] and won the best Breakout Performance-Female at the 2009 Scream Awards on 17 October 2009, for her performance of Alice in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.[citation needed] Other awards and nominations appear in the table below.

Lucas, a vegetarian,[39] was nominated as one of Australia's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities on for 2010.[41]

Year Award Work Role Category Result Ref.
2004 Logie Awards Home and Away Tasha Andrews Most Popular New Female Talent Won [citation needed]
2009 Scream Awards Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Alice Best Breakout Performance Female Won [42]
2010 MTV Movie & TV Awards Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Alice Best WTF Moment Nominated [43]
2011 Young Hollywood Awards Immortals Athena Female Star of Tomorrow Won [44][better source needed]



  • Lucas, Isabel (2007). "Contributor". Laugh Even Louder!. By Camp Quality. Gosford, New South Wales: Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. ISBN 978-1-74169-022-4.[45]


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  9. ^ "Isabel Lucas on TODAY show about Japanese whaling. Isabel Lucas on the TODAY Show about Japanese Whaling . . Sign the petition at the links below. . ." Fantasticoh!. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
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  12. ^ "Isabel Lucas on Rove Live". Home and Away Forum | Back to the Bay. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Isabel Lucas lands lead role in Ed Sheeran's Give Me Love film clip". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. 14 November 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
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  15. ^ "That Sugar Film", Wikipedia, 29 June 2019, retrieved 23 July 2019
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  17. ^ cartermatt (10 April 2018). "Isabel Lucas leaving MacGyver (report); Samantha Cage will not return". CarterMatt. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  18. ^ "Russell Mulcahy's 'In Like Flynn' hits Australian cinemas in October". The Reel Bits. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  19. ^ Umbrella Entertainment (20 August 2018), In Like Flynn (2018) - Trailer : In Cinemas October 11, retrieved 30 September 2018
  20. ^ "Lucas prepared for jail in anti-whaling fight". Ninemsn. PBL Media & Microsoft. 11 December 2007. Archived from the original on 14 January 2008. Retrieved 13 January 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  21. ^ "" (in Japanese). Japanese fishermen working in Taiji’s traditional drive fishery were yet again harassed earlier this month by representatives of an eco-terrorist organization. (English version below Japanese text)
  22. ^ "Annual Report 2004-2005 Editorial_Art.indd" (PDF). National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 March 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  23. ^ "World Vision Australia". Archived from the original on 2 January 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  24. ^ "Humour Foundation – Smile Day 2004". Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  25. ^ "Women Against Violence,".
  26. ^ "Fit, fabulous and 40 – Celebrate Oxfam Australia's Walk against Want". Oxfam Australia. 14 March 2006. Archived from the original on 23 July 2008.
  27. ^ "Melbourne 2030" (PDF). DSE086 newsletter 09.indd. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  28. ^ "Save the WHALES Again- Japanese Boycott". Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 24 January 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  29. ^ "Sea Shepherd Conservation society". Archived from the original on 29 January 2012. Retrieved 21 February 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  30. ^ "Original TV Shows, Reality TV Shows". MTV. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  31. ^ "Isabel Lucas gushes about moving back to Australia". Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  32. ^ Rocca, Jane (20 November 2018). "Isabel Lucas moves home to Australia: the Hollywood star next door". Domain. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  33. ^ "Isabel Lucas dated Chris Hemsworth". Zimbio. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  34. ^ "Adrian Grenier dated Isabel Lucas". Zimbio. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  35. ^ "Adrian Grenier and Isabel Lucas Split". Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  36. ^ Staff writers (20 August 2019). "Liam Hemsworth 'hanging out' with Isabel Lucas after Miley Cyrus split". Perth Now. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  37. ^ Elizabeth, De (11 August 2019). "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Have Reportedly Split Up". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  38. ^ "Isabel Lucas Speaks Out About Liam Hemsworth Rumours". 10 daily. 24 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
  39. ^ a b "Isabel Lucas character Sam has cruel intentions in Transformers". The Daily Telegraph (Sydney). 13 June 2009. Retrieved 24 January 2010. A film full of giant robots, explosions, fight scenes and scantily-clad babes doesn't seem like the most natural choice of projects for a vegetarian anti-whaling activist who listens to Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye and Al Green.
  40. ^ "Isabel Lucas". Interview Magazine. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  41. ^ Meet the 2010 Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity Winners! Archived 21 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 24 September 2011.
  42. ^ Isabel Lucas wins Scream Awards 2009, retrieved 7 June 2019
  43. ^ AU, POPSUGAR Celebrity (27 September 2010). "Isabel Lucas Supports PETA at their 30th Anniversary". POPSUGAR Celebrity Australia. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  44. ^ "Actress Isabel Lucas receives the Female Star of Tomorrow award at..." Getty Images. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  45. ^ Camp Quality (2007). Laugh Even Louder!. Gosford, New South Wales: Scholastic Australia Pty Limited. p. 15. ISBN 978-1-74169-022-4.

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