Born in Sydney, Australia, Rebel Wilson became an A-list celebrity after stepping into Hollywood as a result of her roles in popular comedy films. Wilson was born to professional Beagle-breeder parents, and had 3 siblings.
When talking about her childhood, she notes that she was unusually shy, which was bordering on a social disorder. After reading that a person’s character becomes set in stone when they are 15, Wilson decided to try and overcome her shyness, pushing herself to join debate clubs in order to speak up more.
When she was in high school, Wilson was socially awkward, but was encouraged by Mrs. Bowmaker, her drama teacher to enter the Tournament of Minds, which is an Australian competition that features various segments such as improvising and performing.
That event managed to force her to come out of her shell, and she continues to credit her drama teacher for that, noting that she wouldn’t be where she is if it wasn’t for her. Read more: Isn’t Romantic Trailer – Hollywoodreporter and Isn’t Romantic Review
Her interest in acting started to intensify once she got a glimpse into the future. In 1997, when she was only 17, Wilson worked for a year for Australia’s Rotary International Youth Ambassador Program. During a trip to South Africa that was put together by the organization, Wilson contracted malaria, and started hallucinating in a fever-dream about her winning an Oscar.
Upon returning home to Australia, she decided to attend the Australian Theater for Young People and the University of New South Wales. Despite the fact that she didn’t aim to do comedy at first, she quickly changed lanes and her new game plan ended up leading her to Hollywood.
After taking part in a number of films and series in Australia, Rebel Wilson moved to America in 2010 when she was 30 years old, trying to break into Hollywood. Despite achieving a level of success in her home country, Wilson notes that no one thought she would become a feature film actress, but she managed to beat the odds.
She considers that being different and unique was a good thing for her when she walked into her agent’s office. People looked at her and noted that they didn’t have anyone with her looks, and managed to get signed right away – on the second day of being in the United States.
She became a part of the William Morris Endeavor talent house, and in quick fashion she got the role of Brynn in the 2011 movie Bridesmaids, which made her a popular figure in Hollywood.
During an interview, Wilson noted that actors who usually come to America from Australia are dramatic, and she considers that she is among the first comedy actors to come out of her home country, bringing her own style to America.
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