Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson is a popular Australian actress, mainly known for playing comedy roles. She is a producer and writer as well. She has appeared in films and TV series, such as ‘Bachelorette,’ an American romantic comedy and ‘Super Fun Night,’ a popular American TV series. Born in Sydney, New South Wales, in Australia, Wilson studied acting at the ‘Australian Theatre for Young People.’ Later, she went to New York on a scholarship for further training. Her first significant work was in the musical ‘The Westie Monologues’ which brought her to public attention. She began her acting career with the Australian TV series ‘Pizza,’ where she played a supporting role. The series also led to a spin-off movie, where she reprised her role. After appearing in several other popular TV shows and movies over the years, she eventually became known internationally, especially after appearing in American movies, such as ‘Bachelorette’ and ‘Pitch Perfect.’ She has also played a voice role in the video game ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift.’ Her acting skills have won her several awards, such as the ‘Teen Choice Award’ and ‘MTV Movie Award.’
Childhood & Early Life
Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson was born on 2 March 1980, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her childhood was very unconventional as her parents, who worked as dog handlers, used to travel around the country to sell canine products.
Wilson has two sisters, Liberty and Annachi, and a brother named Ryot. Though she was quite shy as a child, she later started observing people keenly, which helped her develop her skills in comedy.
Wilson attended ‘Tara Anglican School for Girls.’ After completing high school in 1997, she studied at the ‘University of New South Wales.’ Later, she studied at the ‘Australian Theatre for Young People,’ after which her career in acting began.
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After completing her studies at the ‘Australian Theatre for Young People,’ Rebel Wilson went to New York on a scholarship funded by Nicole Kidman. After gaining public attention for her stage work, she began her career on television by playing Toula in the Australian TV series ‘Pizza.’ Her first film ‘Fat Pizza,’ which released in 2003, was based on the TV series ‘Pizza.’
She played various characters in the Australian TV series ‘The Wedge,’ which ran from 2006 to 2007, covering two seasons. Over the next few years, she appeared in several other TV shows, such as ‘Bogan Pride’ (2008), ‘Monster House’ (2006), ‘City Homicide’ (2009), and ‘Rules of Engagement’ (2010).
In 2012, she appeared in films, such as ‘Bachelorette,’ a romantic comedy directed by Leslye Headland, ‘Struck by Lightning,’ a comedy-drama directed by Brian Dannelly, and ‘Pitch Perfect,’ a musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. The same year, she also voiced a character named Raz in the popular animated adventure movie ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift.’ Wilson reprised her role as Raz in a video game which was based on the film.
In 2013, she appeared in the American comedy show ‘Super Fun Night.’ She also appeared in a supporting role in the black comedy crime film ‘Pain & Gain.’ She hosted the 2013 ‘MTV Movie Awards’ as well.
In 2015, she appeared in ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ a sequel to the 2012 movie ‘Pitch Perfect.’ Directed and produced by Elizabeth Banks, the film was a huge commercial success. Wilson reprised her role as Fat Amy in the 2017 sequel, ‘Pitch Perfect 3.’
She was seen in the movie ‘Grimsby’ which was directed by Louis Leterrier. She was also seen in ‘Absolutely Famous: The Movie,’ directed by Mandie Fletcher.
Wilson has also appeared in the movie ‘Little Mermaid’ as Ursula the sea witch.
In 2019, Wilson starred in movies like ‘Isn't It Romantic,’ which released in February. In May, she starred alongside Anne Hathaway in ‘The Hustle,’ a remake of the 1988 comedy film ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.’
'Pizza,’ an Australian TV series that aired on the ‘SBS’ TV network, was the first project in Wilson’s career. The show, which covered themes like ethnicity, stereotypes, sex, illicit drugs, etc., was aired from 2000 to 2007. Wilson joined the show in 2003 and played the role of Toula, a girl gang-leader, who is obsessed with eating. The show won the ‘Australian Screen Sound Guild’ award in 2004 for ‘Best Achievement in Sound for a Television Program.’ It also received several other award nominations.
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In 2008, Rebel Wilson appeared in ‘Monster House,’ an Australian comedy series, which was broadcast on the ‘Nine Network.’ Starring actors, such as Celia Ireland, Travis Cotton, Rebel Wilson, and Jody Kennedy, the series ran for a season which comprised of ten episodes.
'Pitch Perfect' was a popular 2012 American musical comedy film where Wilson appeared in a supporting role, playing a character named Patricia. Directed by Jason Moore, the film also starred actors like Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, and Anna Camp. Loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin’s non-fiction book of the same name, the film was a huge commercial success. It mostly received positive reviews. It won several awards, including the ‘Teen Choice Award’ and ‘American Music Award.’
Wilson played a voice role in the popular animated adventure film ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift.’ The film, which was the fourth installment in the ‘Ice Age’ series, was released on 13 July 2012. Directed by Steve Martino and Michael Thurmeier, the film was a huge commercial success and became the highest-grossing animated film of the year. It received mostly mixed reviews. A sequel titled ‘Ice Age: Collision Course’ was released in July 2016.
She appeared in the 2015 comedy film ‘Pitch Perfect 2,’ which was a sequel to the 2012 film ‘Pitch Perfect.’ Directed by Elizabeth Banks, the film starred actors like Anna Kendrick, Hailee Steinfeld, Britanny Snow, and Skylar Astin in addition to Rebel Wilson. The film received mostly positive reviews. It was also a commercial success and won several awards, such as the ‘Billboard Music Award’ and ‘People’s Choice Award.’
Wilson appeared in the 2016 American romantic comedy ‘How to be Single.’ Directed by Christian Ditter, the film was based on American writer Liz Tuccillo’s novel of the same name. It starred Dakota Johnson, Alison Brie, Nicholas Braun, and Leslie Mann along with Wilson. The film did well commercially and received mostly mixed reviews.
Awards & Achievements
Rebel Wilson won the ‘Tropfest’ award for ‘Best Actress’ in 2009 for her role in the movie ‘Bargain.’
Her role in ‘Pitch Perfect’ won her ‘MTV Movie Awards’ for ‘Best Breakthrough Performance’ and ‘Best Musical Moment’ in 2012. In 2013, she won the ‘Online Film & Television Association Award’ for ‘Breakthrough Performance’ and the ‘Teen Choice Award’ for ‘Choice Movie Actress: Comedy’ for the same movie.
In 2015, she won ‘MTV Movie Awards’ for ‘Best Ensemble’ and ‘Best Kiss’ (shared with Adam DeVine) for her performance in ‘Pitch Perfect 2.’
Personal Life & Legacy
In 2012, Rebel Wilson got into a relationship with Matt Lucas, her co-star in the film ‘Bridesmaids.’ They lived together for three years until 2015 before breaking up.
Wilson became a spokesperson for the Australian weight loss and nutrition company ‘Jenny Craig’ in July 2011.