Stab Magazine | Blake Lively's 'The Shallows' Stunt Double: 19-Year-Old Pro Surfer Isabella Nichols

Now Live: Ferrari Boyz With Harry Bryant (Redux)

17 Views

Blake Lively’s ‘The Shallows’ Stunt Double: 19-Year-Old Pro Surfer Isabella Nichols

“I had to wear a vest to make the location look tropical but really it was freezing!”

girls // Aug 26, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

If you’ve seen the recently released shark-thriller The Shallows then you’ve unknowingly been introduced to Miss Isabella Nichols. The current Junior World Champion was selected just last year to be film celeb Blake Lively’s stunt double. A flattering offer you might say. To land a role in this field you don’t just have to fearlessly throw your body around for the cameras, your physique must mimic that of the actor/actress, in this case the flawless outline of the shark-attracting ‘Nancy’ (Miss Lively). Isabella, with her self-described “gnarly” fitness regime, appears to have the whole body-clone thing figured out. The Coolum Beach local recently interviewed with Teen Vogue revealing the methods she uses to maintain her Blake Lively figure and world’s-best surfing abilities; a blend of yoga with a hideous amount of lunges. Stab thought Isabella might have more to say about her Hollywood gig outside of burpees and sun salutations:

Blake Lively

Will the real Blake Lively please stand up?

Stab: So Isabella, what did they get you to do as Miss Lively’s clone?
Isabella: My main role was to act as a surfing double for Blake, but that evolved to me also teaching her how to paddle correctly, how to wax a board and put a legrope on and fins in. Basically to make her look more authentic which was fun!

Isabella Nichols1

Miss Nichols, high-performance celebrity.

Nice, with your experience that would’ve been super simple, yeah? 

The most difficult part about it was having to wear a vest to make the location look tropical but really it was freezing! But I wasn’t complaining because the waves were pumping!

Nichols2

More than qualified to pose as the surfer girl who fights for her life against a sea creature with an unnatural desire to consume humans.

How did you feel in front of the cameras? Was that intimidating at all? 

Wasn’t really nervous, just wanted to make sure I did what they needed me to do.

And Blake? 

Blake was incredible, she was so down to earth and it was pretty cool getting to work directly with her.

What did you think of how it all turned out? 

I loved the film, few scary bits in there but overall I had the best experience being part of it! 

Blake Lively Isabella Nichols Elite Daily

“It’s pretty exciting to have had the privilege of working alongside one of my favourite actors.”

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

How Surfers (And Skiers/Snowboarders) Could Be Using Buoys Better

Snow in Japan = waves at Pipe = snow in Utah, @PowderBuoy told us.

Apr 22, 2024

How Did Sydney’s Hottest Landscape Architect Stack So Many Clips Less Than 10Kms From Centrepoint Tower? 

Fraser Dovell is a man of culture, taste and jabbing North Av lefts in the…

Apr 22, 2024

Full Frame: The Other Side Of Nazaré

The death of a wave, and the birth of an entire genre of surf. 

Apr 21, 2024

Jack Robbo Double Beats Double John At Margies, Gabriela Bryan Dodges Dolphins For Maiden Win

The cut is finished - WA finals recap.

Apr 21, 2024

Watch: A Leisurely Day With Fingal’s-Most-Wanted Foamball Wrangler

Lungi Slabb and filmmaker Beren Hall offer insight into the exact specs which bring GoPro…

Apr 20, 2024

The Stab Interview: Chippa Wilson

On childhood bullies, surfing bigger waves, the making of 'Zipper', and what's on the horizon…

Apr 19, 2024

Medina Cooked at WSL Judges’ BBQ, George Pittar Flares En Route To Finals Day

Four heats, a nine point ride, and some brotherly tears.

Apr 19, 2024

Ferrari Boyz: Harry Bryant (Redux)

A Land Cruiser, a shitting collie, a tank of petrol, and a wild Haz in…

Apr 18, 2024

Surprise! Margies Ran At Southside Today

No rest for the wicked - day 5 WA recap.

Apr 18, 2024

A Dispatch From The Best Run Of Swell Northwest Australia May Ever See

Three weeks of pumping surf, two decades ago, that changed this writer's life.

Apr 17, 2024

Nichols, Silva + Spencer Cut, Robinson Lives To Fight Another Day

Waiting: a polite term for slowly losing your mind - here's what happened in WA…

Apr 17, 2024

The Pupo Brothers Will Face Off At Margs, And Only The Winner Can Stay On Tour

Let's look at every match-up that will seal a CT surfer's fate.

Apr 16, 2024

THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE GOAT

After 30 seasons on tour, 56 event wins & 11 world titles, Kelly Slater has…

Apr 16, 2024

Slater Takes His Last Dance, 7 More Men Axed From The CT

Day 3 WA recap.

Apr 16, 2024

Did Kelly Slater Just Retire?

3 decades, 56 event wins, and 11 World Titles later.

Apr 16, 2024

Goofies Dominate, Ewing Detonates, The GOAT Is Led To Slaughter

Once cut, twice shy.

Apr 15, 2024

The Eddie Gets A New Headline Sponsor, Coca Cola Group Stickers A 2x World Champ, The Tractor Scoops Up 2x SSOTY Winner + SITD Star Parts Ways With O’Neill

The surf industry is showing signs of life — here's a Q1 2024 update.

Apr 13, 2024

The Best Surfing I’ve Ever Seen: Duncan Macfarlane

Covid cleared the lineup while Rasta, Creed and Wade went to work.

Apr 13, 2024
Advertisement