Celebrity friends, Australian edition. 

Chris Hemsworth and Isla Fisher met up for coffee in Sydney today. They’ve known each other a long time as both were on the Australian long-running soap opera Home and Away. Home and Away, I’ve just learned, has kicked off the careers of many stars: Russell Crowe, Heath Ledger, Margot Robbie, Liam Hemsworth, Simon Baker, Ryan Kwanten, Guy Pearce, Ben Mendelsohn, just to name a few. And there are a LOT of them. 


So Chris and Isla are friends who probably go way back. But Isla and Elsa Pataky are also tight. Isla tagged Elsa in this photo on Instagram in January: 


And she and Sacha Baron Cohen were at Chris and Elsa’s New Year’s Eve party. Isla and Sacha have been living in Australia since last year, obviously with the occasional trips to LA for promotion and work. Speaking of promotion and work though, the Oscars are less than two weeks away so if Isla and Sacha are going to be at the Oscars (he’s a double nominee), they’d probably have to leave soon to meet quarantine requirements unless they’ve been vaccinated but even if they’ve been vaccinated, since they’d be travelling internationally, isolation is still recommended because of the spread of the variants of concern. Nominees and presenters were discouraged from attending the Oscars via Zoom and were asked to get to LA if possible. Sacha and Isla have many more resources that some of the other less high profile nominees in the non-marquee categories so they could well afford to make the trip. Sacha is not a frontrunner in either of his categories but, as we’ve seen, it’s a tight race across the board so anything is possible. You think they’ll be there?