We can’t get enough of this actress! Rebel Wilson has shown time and time again that she is the real deal. There are few people in Hollywood as accomplished as this woman. There’s just something about her that sets her apart from the rest. From the moment she appeared onscreen in the film Bridesmaids, her star has been rising.
So, why are we so obsessed with her? For starters, she’s hilarious. Her one-liners steal the show and she always plays the most memorable characters in every movie she’s in. Known for her ability to improvise, Wilson’s deadpan delivery makes for comedy gold. Yet, there’s so much more to her than a pretty face. She pushes boundaries when it comes to Hollywood’s beauty standards and we love her for it.
Not only is she a talented actress but she has brains, too. From earning a law degree to being a playwright at a young age, Wilson has proven that she has the smarts to go far in Hollywood. She’s written, produced and acted in her own sitcom. Her entrepreneurial spirit pushed her to launch her own plus-size line of clothing. There is just something about her self-confidence that is inspiring.
Here is a list of all the reasons why we are totally obsessed with this woman.
21 She's A Total FanGirl Around Celebrities
Despite the fact that Wilson is a celebrity in her own right, we love that she still has fangirl moments when she meets other celebs. According to Hollywood, she talked about meeting Brad Pitt at a Screen Actors Guild awards ceremony.
“I was too nervous to say anything so I just smelled his hair. It was so embarrassing,” Wilson said. “You’re really packed in like sardines and everywhere you turn there is someone mega famous and you don’t know what to do so you smell their hair.”
She then joked that his hair smelled like unicorns.
20 She Designed Her Own Fashion Line
Wilson can also add fashion designer to her long list of talents. The actress launched her own brand that is a line of plus-size clothes designed for real women. These aren’t your granny’s outfits, though. Wilson opened up to Forbes about her playful taste when it comes to fashion for curvy women.
“I’m definitely more youthful than other plus-size brands,” she said. “I’m obviously not 19 years old anymore, but I still like being confident. On the red carpet, I like to wear body-con dresses that really show the silhouette of my figure. I like showing my décolletage and a bit of skin.”
19 She Doesn't Fit The Hollywood Norm
Another aspect that we love about Wilson is that she breaks the Hollywood mould. In an industry that is so beauty oriented, it’s refreshing to see a round woman have a voice. Not only does she represent body positivity but she encourages females to strive for more than just good looks.
According to Cosmopolitan, Wilson spoke backstage the MTV Movie Awards and had this to say: “I think sometimes females look at Victoria's Secret models and think that they have to model themselves after that, but I really don't think that's the best; even though they are called 'models,' they're not the best people to model yourself after.”
18 She Once Took Nunchucks To An Audition
If there’s one thing that Wilson knows how to do it's making an impression. She chose a very creative way to get the attention of director Michael Bay when she auditioned for the 2013 film, Pain & Gain.
“Usually Mr. [Michael] Bay casts supermodels in his movies,” she said. “So I went into my audition and I put in my bag some nunchucks, and I go, ‘If the situation arises if my comedy is dying, I’ll pull out my nunchucks and show him my ninja skills.’ So, I did it for Michael Bay and he just went, ‘You’re in the movie!’
17 Her Name Is So Cool
Wilson’s name sounds effortlessly cool. She’s not the only one in her family with a distinctive moniker. Her siblings names are Liberty, Ryot and Annachi. It may seem like their mom and dad were free spirits but Wilson opened up to The Daily Telegraph about the surprising inspiration behind her name.
"People ask if my parents are hippies, but they're actually very conservative," Wilson told the media outlet. "A girl with my name sang at their wedding and that's where my name came from. My three siblings and I all have middle names after English royalty. Mine is Elizabeth, which is what I was known as at school."
16 She Has Famous Friends
When you’re as famous as Wilson, you meet a ton of celebrities. From Anna Kendrick to Mariah Carey, Wilson has been spotted out with many famous ladies. She admits to having a long list of Hollywood pals but jokingly told Elle that she wouldn’t add any of them to her emergency contacts list.
“I have a lot of celebrity friends,” Wilson said, “but they're all Hollywood friends. You can't call them if you fall over and break your leg, but if you're having a BBQ and wanna chitchat, you hang out with them, or you go to their house.”
15 Her Debut Role In Bridesmaids Was Hilarious
Who could forget Wilson’s breakout role in the 2011 film, Bridesmaids? She played Kristin Wiig’s funny roommate and her deadpan delivery made for an unforgettable performance. She actually auditioned for the role played by Melissa McCarthy but the producers liked her so much that they wrote a part for her.
Wilson opened up to The Guardian about her life-changing role. She believes that her performance not only caught the attention of the industry but gave women a new voice in comedy.
“I think Bridesmaids has changed things socially and culturally,” she said.
14 Her One-Liners Are Priceless
If you’ve seen any of Wilson’s films then you know that she always says the best one-liners. These zingers make her stand out in any movie and we just can’t get enough of her. She’s known for her amazing ability to improvise and her live-comedy work.
Wilson was interviewed by Perth Now and admitted that she has a penchant for seizing the moment in every role she plays. “I always do that,” Wilson said. “If I get two lines in the script, I somehow turn it into 20. I've got a bit of a bad habit of doing that, of just embellishing my little moment.”
13 She's All About Confidence
Another thing that we love about Wilson is her self-confidence. She’s totally secure in who she is and doesn’t let her size stop her from being fabulous. Her perspective on beauty is refreshing and we think that women can learn from her positive attitude.
According to The Huffington Post, Wilson had this to say to Extra about her self image: “I don’t really care what I look like that much. And I think that women out there should just be happy with how they look and they shouldn’t really try to conform to any stereotype. Just be happy and hopefully healthy.”
12 Her Family Keeps Her Grounded
One might think that Wilson would let fame go to her head but the actress seems to have somehow managed to stay pretty down-to-earth. Despite the fact that her star has shined brighter over the years, Wilson credits her family for keeping her grounded. There’s nothing like a little humility to prevent her head from getting too big.
According to Marie Claire, Wilson admitted that her siblings and parents don’t let her get away with any uppity behaviour. "My family keeps me pretty grounded," she said. "Like if I try anything diva, they're like, "...Go and do the dishwasher."
11 She Took On The Tabloids And Won
Celebrities are often victims of false reporting but Wilson actually did something about it. She won a defamation trial against Bauer Media, a magazine publisher. The tabloids claimed that she lied about the origin of her name, her age and her upbringing in Sydney. Wilson accused the mag of costing her Hollywood roles.
According to USA Today, Wilson told reporters, "The reason I'm here is not for damages, it's to clear my name. I was hoping the jury would do the right thing and send a message to these tabloids and they've done that so for me, it's over in my mind."
10 She Is A Playwright
Wilson is more than an actress and comedian, she is also a playwright. "I wrote my own play, 'The Westie Monologues,' about where I'm from in Australia, and it was very successful. From that, I started getting offers from television," she said, as Vulture reports.
She then continued writing her own material for various comedy sketch shows. "I worked on a few different TV shows, like the Australian equivalent of SNL.," Wilson said, as found on Brainy Quote. "I would write and perform all of my characters."
We’re so impressed with her creativity and her ability to showcase so many of her talents.
9 She Takes Fashion Risks
One thing that we adore about Wilson is that she totally takes fashion risks. You don’t see her hiding her curves or wearing safe outfits. She’s often seen wearing crazy patterns, funny t-shirts and cute clothing.
Wilson spoke with Elle about her taste in fashion. “I am the type of girl with zero fashion sense but I am getting into it now. It’s becoming important for me. I saw a lot of girls were beginning to notice what I wear and I feel a kind of responsibility because there aren’t any women in Hollywood my size and age.”
8 She Loves To Rap
We all know that Wilson can sing from her role in the film Pitch Perfect, but did you know that she can rap too? The girl is so obsessed with rapping that she’s been known to grab the mic on several late night talk shows and display her mad skills. She even belted out a Kris Kross hit when she was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“I love rapping. I do. My styling's similar to Missy Elliott - I think she's so dope. In a weird way, that's how I first learned the American accent: doing American rap songs,” Wilson once said, as found on Brainy Quote.
7 She Is A Math Nerd
Not only is Wilson super talented when it comes to acting and singing but she has brains too. She’s a self-proclaimed math nerd and has no problem admitting it. Apparently, she comes from a long line of people who have an affinity for numbers. She even admitted to being a total dork when she was in school.
“All my family has very good mathematical abilities - like, so dorky. I was the dork then in school - on any maths exams I'd get 100%. I just knew how to do maths and most people would hate it, but for some reason, it just came,” Wilson said, as Indie Wire reports.
6 She Has A Law Degree
Another fascinating secret about Wilson is that she earned a law degree at the University of New South Wales. She has even been known to negotiate her own contracts. According to The Daily Telegraph, Wilson revealed that she hadn't planned on becoming an actor.
“I thought I’d become an excellent lawyer or politician. After I emerged from my shell, I became interested in debating and public speaking. I studied law at university and was sort of grooming myself to go into that kind of job. I filmed The Wedge while studying, which was very difficult, but I’m proud I completed my degree."
5 She Studied Musical Theatre
Most actresses would be content to just star in films but Wilson is also trained in musical theatre. She graduated from the Australian Theatre for Young People in 2003. She put her training to good use and took on the role of Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls in London" in 2016.
The director, Gordon Greenberg, had this to say about Wilson, as The Guardian reports:
"She is very smart and strategic about the work she does and you can see instantly that she connects with the audience in the way the young Bette Midler did. She’s amazingly perceptive. She’s that interesting creature who always knows what’s happening in every corner of the room.”
4 She Was A Shy Kid
One wouldn’t think that someone as outspoken at Wilson would ever have a problem with shyness but the truth is that she was a totally shy child. Yet, an unexpected outcome came about from her bashful nature when her mother came up with a creative solution to bring her out of her shell.
“Mum dragged me to an acting class when I was 14,” Wilson said, as The Daily Telegraph reports. “I had no ambition to become an actor; the classes were meant to help me overcome my shyness so I’d be able to talk to people and answer questions at school. The moment I started, I thought, this is good!”
3 She Sponsored A Tanzanian Child
We also love that Wilson has such a big heart. The actress sponsored a child named Winnie in Tanzania for over eight years. She is a longtime supporter of The School of St Jude, which according to their website, is a charity school providing over 1800 of the poorest and brightest students in the Arusha region with a free, high-quality education.
Wilson opened up about the organization as Wet Paint reports, saying, “The thing about St Jude’s is you know that you are directly helping people and the quality of the education and the quality of the living conditions here is just so amazing for these kids and it gives them such a headstart in life.”
2 She Created And Starred In Her Own Sitcom
Not only has Wilson accomplished all the things on this list but she also pulled triple duty as a creator, writer and executive producer for her own sitcom, Super Fun Night. The show only lasted one season. She spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the experience.
"I have so much respect for anyone who's been a writer-performer on a network show because you don't realize how hard it's going to be until you're actually in there doing it," Wilson said. "For me, it was a seven-day, 17-hours-a-day job. No one could ever prepare you for how insane that kind of schedule is. It's like doing four and a half movies back to back."
1 She Wants To Take On More Dramatic Roles
We all know Wilson as a comedic actress but she has high aspirations. Although we typically see her as a confident and funny character, she feels like she has the acting chops to pull off a more dramatic performance. This woman has big aspirations and opened up to The Guardian about her plans for the future.
“I want to win an Oscar,” she said. “I need to go super-dramatic, or people are just going to get confused. I’ve got to be extreme. I can’t do in-between.”
If anyone could get away with taking on a more serious role, it’s Wilson.