Rebel Wilson attained her bachelors degree in Law from the University of New South Wales, so naturally she entered the entertainment business in Australia and the U.S. and has become famous for her comedic style, dancing skills and singing ability. She also hold a bachelors in Theater and Performance Studies, attained in 2009 along with her Law degree.
Wilson was initially interested in a career in mathematics, but a malaria-induced hallucination when she was 17 and serving as a Rotary International youth ambassador to South Africa convinced her to enter the entertainment world. Wilson hallucinated that she won an Oscar, a dream she still hopes to make come true.
She studied theater and comedy through the Australian Theater for Young People and during a stint in New York on a scholarship as a member of Second City. She returned to Australia and began performing on stage and screen, appearing in films and television. Read more: Rebel Wilson on Winning Battles Producing Films | Vogue and Pitch Perfect Star Rebel Wilson Talks Clothing Line Secrets | Today
In 2010 Rebel Wilson moved to Los Angeles, home of Hollywood, and began trying to break into the U.S. entertainment scene. She was quickly signed by the William Morris Endeavor talent agency for her uniqueness and personal style. She got a small but breakthrough role in the comedy film Bridesmaids and landed what is probably her most famous role as Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect musical comedy movie trilogy.
She has landed many other roles in comedic projects and has become a recognizable face in American comedy. Wilson has done her fair share of writing and producing, creating or leading several of her own projects ranging from feature films to Australian TV shows.
Seeming to truly enjoy singing and dancing as well as comedy, Wilson will be featured in the upcoming film adaptation of the long-running popular Broadway musical Cats. She is also starring and producing the comedy films Isn’t it Romantic– a satire of the romantic comedy genre- and The Hustle with Anne Hathaway, a remake of sorts of the classic comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She is also in Taika Waititi’s forthcoming dramedy Jojo Rabbit.
Wilson acknowledges that she has been lucky in her career, but is also proud of the hard work she has put in to be a success. She speaks often in interviews about how women in general have to work harder than men to succeed in comedy and attributes her success to her own hard work at least as much as luck.
By being dedicated to her craft and putting in the extra effort required to make it in Hollywood she has a career she feels proud of with a body of work she stand behind.
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