Born to Beagle-breeder parents, one of four children, Rebel Wilson transformed from an unusually shy girl to a Hollywood feature film actress. The hard-working actress managed to come out of her shell during her teenage years, developing the kind of confidence that lead her to her worldwide success.
Despite being shy when she was young, Wilson decided to make a change after reading about how a person’s character gets set in stone when they are 15 years old.
In order to make a change, she pushed herself into joining debate clubs in order to speak up more, and then later on she was encouraged by her drama teacher in high school, Mrs. Bowmaker, to join the Australia creative competition – Tournament of Minds. Wilson still credits Mrs. Bowmaker for reaching the heights of success that she did later on. Read more: Isn’t Romantic Trailer – Hollywoodreporter and Isn’t Romantic Review
In an unusual turn of events, she became more interested in acting after contacting malaria on a trip to South Africa. Spending a year working for the Rotary International Youth Ambassador Program when she was 17 years old, Wilson contacted malaria in South Africa, which made her hallucinate in a fever-dream that she was an actress who won an Oscar.
After that, she attended the University of New South Wales upon returning home, and joined the Australian Theater for Young People. As a way to give back to the theater for getting her started and helping her find her footing while on stage, she finances scholarships.
While initially she thought about playing serious roles on stage, she quickly changed her game plan, and ended up achieving a level of success in her home country after being part of the 2003 Pizza film as well as the 2008 Bogan Pride.
When she was 30 years old, she moved to the United States, and ended up getting signed by the William Morris Endeavor talent house in quick fashion, due to her unique look. She points out that being different and unique was a good thing, as people looked at her when she entered her agent’s office, stating that they didn’t have anyone on their books that looked like Wilson.
After getting signed in 2010, the Australians had her breakout role in Hollywood in 2011, by playing Brynn in the comedy film Bridesmaids. During an interview she noted that actors that move from Australia to the United States are generally dramatic, highlighting that she is among the first comedy actresses to come out of Australia.
The actress also noted during an InStyle interview that nobody thought she would become a feature film actress, but she managed to beat those odds. Despite being a household name in America, she has not yet opted to become a United States citizen.
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