Isabel Lucas (born 29 January 1985) is an Australian actress perhaps best known for her role as Tasha Andrews on the Australian television soap opera Home and Away (2003–2006) and for her active role in various environmental awareness organisations including Greenpeace International. Lucas moved to Los Angeles in early 2008 and has since been featured in film and television projects including Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Rights Revoked, a documentary shot with friend and actress Elissa Sursara for Animal Planet.
Lucas enrolled in 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); 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. 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.
Lucas is currently working on her film debut, the upcoming vampire thriller Daybreakers, set for release in January 2010 and starring Ethan Hawke.
Lucas has been cast as Gwen in the Steven Spielberg World War II miniseries, The Pacific. She also appeared in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen as a Decepticon Pretender, Alice. In a recent article, Lucas refused to speculate on her latest casting. Reports have suggested that although assigned to the William Morris Talent Agency in Los Angeles through the auspices of Meissner Management, Lucas obtained the role of Alice in her native Australia before moving permanently to America. It has been claimed that Lucas was handpicked by Steven Spielberg. However, Michael Bay, director and producer of Transformers, has denied that Spielberg influenced the decision to cast her.
Lucas was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. As a child, Lucas lived in Cairns, in Far North Queensland. She also had stints in Switzerland, Kakadu, and Australia's Northern Territory. She has a Swiss mother and an Australian father and speaks German in addition to her native English. Lucas went to a high school named St. Monicas in Cairns, Australia.
Lucas dated her former Home & Away co-star Chris Hemsworth until June 2006. She dated American actor Adrian Grenier during 2008, but they split up in August. She suffered a minor head injury in July 2008 in a car accident while she was a passenger in Transformers co-star Shia LaBeouf's car. She was not seriously injured, but he was cited with a misdemeanour DUI.