Rebel Wilson is an actress and comedian who grew up on the west side of Sydney, Australia. She was born on March 2, 1980, and has three siblings who are Liberty, Annachi, and Ryot. Her parents made money from breeding Beagles. She says that she grew up incredibly shy to the point where it could have been diagnosed as a social disorder.
Her mom decided to help her open up by dropping her off one day at a community acting class. She wouldn’t let go of the car so her mom peeler off the car and sent her way and indicating she’d pick her up in a few hours. It wasn’t long before she developed her signature confidence. She joined debate clubs and learned to speak up in class and elsewhere.
When she was in high school Rebel Wilson was pushed to join “Tournament of Minds” which is a creative competition. She thanks her drama teacher, Mrs. Bowmaker, for helping her get out of her shell. She says that without that teacher’s push she wouldn’t be where she is now.
At the all-girls high school, she attended the students were told to pursue their dreams and get the career they wanted in life. Rebel Wilson says that when she sees a woman who got married too early or had kids at an early age she sees that as a really sad situation. They could have accomplished a lot if they had delayed these things to a later age.
She attended the Australian Theater for Young People as well as the University of New South Wales. She didn’t start out aiming to act in comedies. She was aiming for serious roles but every time she came out on stage people would laugh. She got mad about it but that just made the audience laugh even harder. She decided that fat is funny and decided to roll with it.
Rebel Wilson found success in Australia in comedies including “Pizza”, which came out in 2000, and 2008’s “Bogan Pride”. It was at age 30 that she arrived in Hollywood and started pursuing roles in American comedies. She said nobody had any confidence in her to succeed besides herself. Her breakout role was in 2011’s “Bridesmaids”. She played as Brynn, the roommate of Kristen Wiig’s character.
She has now appeared in numerous movies, among them “Struck by Lightning”, “A Few Best Men”, and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. She was on “Bachelorette” and famously starred as Fat Amy in the “Pitch Perfect” series. She was nominated for a number of awards for playing that character and won an MTV and Teen Choice award.
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