Rebel Wilson was sort of thrown into acting.
“It was so embarrassing,” she said of the time her mother dragged her to an acting class when she was 14. “I’m there. My face is red from crying. My mom has left. I’m stuck for the next 90 minutes. The teacher came up and asked me my name, and I said, ‘Hi, I’m Rebel,’ in an American accent. It was the only way I could deal with this traumatic situation. I became a character instantly. And then I just started making stuff up.”
The experience worked out well for the Australian actress. However, her current success didn’t come without some struggle. She didn’t seem to be getting any roles even though “I thought I was killing it on stage.” After visiting an agent, she was told “Well, you’re not going to get a job on Home and Away as a bikini beach babe.” Read more
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.” Read more