Marlee Beth Matlin is an American actress, author, and activist. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Children of a Lesser God and to date is the only deaf performer to have won the award. Her work in film and television has resulted in a Golden Globe award, with two additional nominations, and four Emmy nominations. Deaf since she was 18 months old, due to illness and high fevers, she is also a prominent member of the National Association of the Deaf. Her longtime interpreter is Jack Jason.
Isla Lang Fisher is an Australian actress, voice actress, and author. Born to Scottish parents in Oman, she moved to Australia at age six. She appeared on the children's adventure series Bay Cove and the short-lived soap opera Paradise Beach, before playing Shannon Reed on the soap opera Home and Away. She has since been known for her comedic roles in Scooby-Doo , I Heart Huckabees , Wedding Crashers ,Hot Rod , Definitely, Maybe , Confessions of a Shopaholic , Rango , Bachelorette , Rise of the Guardians , and Arrested Development .