Rebel Wilson

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Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson 2.jpg
Wilson at the Sydney premiere of A Few Best Men in January 2012
Born Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson[1]
(1979-11-30) 30 November 1979 (age 34)[2][3]
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actress, writer, comedian, entrepreneur
Years active 2003–present

Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson (born 30 November 1979) is an Australian actress, writer, entrepreneur, and stand-up comedian. She began appearing as Toula in the SBS comedy series Pizza from 2003 and sketch comedy series The Wedge. In 2008, Wilson wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy series Bogan Pride. The following year, she won the Tropfest Best Actress award for her role in Bargain and made a guest appearance in City Homicide. Shortly after moving to the United States, Wilson was cast as Brynn in the feature film Bridesmaids.

She also appeared in A Few Best Men, What to Expect When You're Expecting and Struck by Lightning, leading Variety to name her one of their "Top Ten Comics to Watch for 2011". Wilson also appeared as Becky in Bachelorette and starred in musical-comedy Pitch Perfect, where her role as Fat Amy earned her several award nominations. Wilson created and stars in Super Fun Night, a television comedy that began airing on the ABC network on 2 October 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Wilson was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.[4] She grew up in the suburbs of Kenthurst, Parramatta and Castle Hill.[5][6] Her parents named her after a girl who sang at their wedding.[7] While attending Tara Anglican School for Girls she went by her middle names to avoid being teased.[1][8] Wilson has three siblings; Liberty, Ryot and Annachi.[7][9] Liberty and Ryot appeared on the first season of The Amazing Race Australia in 2011.[10] Her parents were professional dog handlers.[11]

Throughout high school, Wilson's first career choice was mathematics. Wilson told The Sydney Morning Herald, "I was very academic at high school and was always good with numbers."[3] Wilson attended the University of New South Wales, where she studied Law and Arts (Theatre and Performance Studies).[3] She is a former Rotary International Youth Ambassador for Australia and was based in South Africa for one year, where she contracted malaria.[11][3] Wilson had hallucinations in which she saw herself as an actress who had won an Oscar. This then convinced her to pursue an acting career.[11]

Career[edit]

Wilson studied at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP).[12] In 2003 she moved to New York after winning the ATYP International scholarship, which was funded by Nicole Kidman. While she was in New York, Wilson trained with The Second City.[13][14] Wilson is a writer, producer, and stand-up comedian, and has appeared with the Sydney Theatre Company and performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.[12] She first came to the public's attention with her stage musical The Westie Monologues, which she wrote, starred in and produced in Sydney.[15] Her follow-up stage productions, which she wrote, produced and starred in include Spunks and Confessions of an Exchange Student.[3][16]

In Australia, Wilson is most known for her roles as Toula on SBS comedy series Pizza and as various characters including Lucy, Fat Mandi and Karla Bangs on the sketch comedy series The Wedge.[11] Wilson played an Australian Idol mad schoolgirl in a series of Telstra advertisements shown during Australian Idol from 2004 to 2005.[17] She also had roles in the feature films Fat Pizza and Ghost Rider.[18] In 2008 Wilson created, wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy series Bogan Pride on SBS One and also starred in the improvisational Nine Network series Monster House.[11][18] In 2009 Wilson won the Tropfest Best Actress award for her role in the film Bargain.[19] She has made appearances on the improvisational comedy show Thank God You're Here and the comedy game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation.[12][20] She also performed stand-up on the television special The Breast Darn Show In Town.[21] Wilson guest starred in the Seven Network drama City Homicide and performed improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles.[22][23]

Upon moving to the United States, Wilson signed to talent and literary agents William Morris Endeavor.[24] Her next film role came in the Judd Apatow film Bridesmaids, where she played Brynn, the sister of Matt Lucas' character.[24] Wilson then appeared in the CBS sitcom Rules of Engagement and on the Comedy Central series, Workaholics.[25] She co-hosted the 2010 ARIA Music Awards and performed at the inaugural Variety’s Power of Comedy event in Los Angeles with Lucas and Russell Brand.[25][26] In early 2011, Wilson filmed A Few Best Men at Fox Studios Australia.[27] She also filmed a role in Small Apartments.[28] On 11 July 2011, it was announced Wilson had joined the ensemble comedy What to Expect When You're Expecting as Janice.[28] She has also joined the upcoming Indie film, Struck By Lightning.[29] Wilson was named one of Variety magazine's "Top Ten Comics to Watch for 2011".[11]

On 19 August 2011, Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter reported Wilson had replaced Casey Wilson in Bachelorette.[30] Borys also reported Wilson has become the first person to be cast in the romantic comedy Pitch Perfect and she would voice a character in Ice Age: Continental Drift.[30] For her performance as Fat Amy in Pitch Perfect, Wilson received various award nominations, including Best Supporting Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society and Best Actress in a Comedy from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.[31][32] She won the MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and shared the Best Musical Moment award with her Pitch Perfect co-stars. Wilson was also nominated for Best Female Performance.[33] Wilson later won the Choice Movie Actress: Comedy award for Pitch Perfect at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.[34] She was also nominated for Choice Comedian.[35]

In January 2012, Michael Ausiello of TVLine announced Wilson would be writing and starring in Super Fun Night, a comedy that follows three friends on a quest to have fun every Friday night.[36] The pilot was picked up by CBS and Conan O'Brien became one of the executive producers.[36] The pilot was later turned down by CBS, but the ABC network picked up the project.[37] A series was ordered and the show began broadcasting on 2 October 2013.[38] Wilson played Robin Peck in Michael Bay's Pain & Gain (2013).[39][40] She hosted the 2013 MTV Movie Awards on 14 April 2013.[41] Wilson has joined the voice cast for Kung Fu Panda 3, which will be released on 25 December 2015.[42]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2011, Wilson became a spokesperson for weight loss and nutrition company Jenny Craig in Australia.[4][43] In January 2012, Wilson revealed to James Wigney and Elle Halliwell of The Daily Telegraph that she had lost 10 kilograms (22 lb) since signing up to the program.[44]

She revealed that the producers of Pitch Perfect had refused to let her lose any more weight during filming, as her contract stated she must stay the same size.[44] Wilson said once her film commitments were over, she would start her diet again to reach her target weight of 80 kilograms (180 lb).[44] In February 2013, Wilson confirmed that she had ended her agreement with Jenny Craig the previous year.[45]

As of September 2012, Wilson lives with her Bridesmaids co-star Matt Lucas in West Hollywood.[46]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Fat Pizza Toula
2007 Ghost Rider Girl in Alley
2009 Bargain! Linda Tropfest Award for Best Actress
2011 Bridesmaids Brynn
2011 A Few Best Men Daphne Ramme
2012 Bachelorette Becky
2012 Small Apartments Rocky
2012 This Means War Cameo
2012 Struck by Lightning Malerie Baggs
2012 What to Expect When You're Expecting Janice
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Raz Voice
2012 Pitch Perfect Fat Amy Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress: Comedy
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Comedy
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
2013 Pain & Gain Robin Peck
2014 Night at the Museum 3 British Museum security guard
2015 Kung Fu Panda 3 TBC
2015 Pitch Perfect 2[47] Fat Amy

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003–07 Pizza Toula Recurring cast; Seasons 3-5, Pizza World and Pizza World Record
2006–07 The Wedge Various characters Series regular; 48 episodes
2007–09 Thank God You're Here Herself/Various characters Episodes: "3.04", "3.09", "4.03" & "4.09"
2008 Bogan Pride Jennie Cragg Series regular; 6 Episodes
2008 Monster House Penelope Webb Series regular; 10 Episodes
2009 Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Generation Y Guest Episode: "Series 1, Episode 3"
2009 City Homicide Sarah Gilbert Episode: "Dead Weight"
2009 The Breast Darn Show in Town Herself Comedy gala
2010 Rules of Engagement Sara Episode: "Les-bros"
2011 Workaholics Big Money Hustla Episode: "Straight Up Juggahos"
2013 Can of Worms Herself Episode: "Season 3, Episode 2"
2013 2013 MTV Movie Awards Host
2013–present Super Fun Night Kimmie Boubier Lead role

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