Rebel Wilson is relatively new on the scene. The Australian actress, comedienne and writer has, however, taken us by storm, and I cannot get enough of her own personal brand of comedy.
Not only does Rebel have a banging name (with sisters called Ryot and Annachi), but the feisty girl is doing it for herself: she has just had Paramount pick up an unnamed film that she will not only be starring in but she also wrote!
Rebel seems to be making friends all over Hollywood, too – her recent interview with Ellen left her and Zac Effron tweeting up a storm and she gave such a likable interview on Conan, that I’m certain she won a few hearts. It’s with Conan that she explains how she got in trouble in kindergarten for calling her teacher a “bitch”. As Rebel explains, coming from a long-line of dog showers, bitch was simply a common word used in her household, and she was simply taking back the word and stripping it down to its scientific usage.
The one issue she seems to face quite a lot is that of body image. Being overweight, Rebel is frequently typecast. In Bachelorette for example, her weight was a major plot point, and other characters seem to spend half the film wondering how it is possible that she could be marrying an attractive man.
If nothing else, Rebel gives hope to those who believe that their shape means that they are unlikely to have a good life, she is an affirmation that women of any size can be intelligent, funny and successful.
Rebel Wilson is breaking barriers; whether it’s her roles as witty, big girls who break stereotypes, or her adorable on-screen humour, she is redefining how the industry treats bigger women and reclaiming the language used to define them. It’s safe to say, I love her.
Her latest film Pitch Perfect won’t be out in UK cinemas until December 21st. Rebel plays a girl who is persuaded to join the school's all-girls singing group. Injecting some much needed energy into their catalogue, they take on their male rivals in a campus competition. It’s had great reviews. Mark your calendars!
Image via Rebel Wilson's Twitter