Rebel Wilson Talks ‘Bachelorette’ and Her “Parades of Meetings” with Studios and Networks When She First Came to America
Moviegoers should expect to see a lot of Rebel Wilson in the coming months.
The raunchy Australian actress first caught our attention as Kristen Wiig’s bizarre roommate in last year’s Bridesmaids. Now, Wilson is appearing in another wedding-related comedy, Bachelorette, alongside Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan.
Although Wilson will be appearing in upcoming movies like Pitch Perfect and Pain and Gain, the actress wasn’t automatically handed roles. “Well, what happened is I first came to America and signed with William Morris Endeavor within, like, a couple of days of coming here,” Wilson told NBC New York. “Then they send you out on these parades of meetings, because of course nobody knew me even though I was well known in Australia and had done 13 TV series there. It’s not like Americans watch Australian TV, and so they had no idea.”
“I call it a parade, where you just go around to all the studios, all the networks, and they set up all the meetings. Some of it is celebrity lunches with certain people, and people can give you advice about how it all works in America and producers. It took three months of that and then Bridesmaids was the first thing that I got cast in, which of course I’m so grateful for because that was a super hilarious movie. I auditioned for the Melissa McCarthy role and was one of the choices for that role, but I was too young for that anyway—and Melissa was so amazing, of course, and was very good friends with the girls. But because Judd [Apatow] and Paul Feig liked my audition so much they added me into the movie.”
In addition to being a seriously funny comedian, Wilson also writes. “I have a sitcom that I’m doing for ABC now, that I’m writing and Conan O’Brien is producing with me,” she said. “I’ll see how that goes, and yeah, trying to get into the features that I write myself. But I’ve been so busy doing the acting roles that I haven’t had time to do it, but obviously that’s the direction where I want to head in: people like Jonah Hill or Seth Rogen, they got quite famous and then they had their own stuff coming out.”
Bachelorette is playing in select theaters now.