Hailing from Sydney Australia 27-year old Rebel Wilson has surprised many of her fellow countrymen and can now officially be named as one of Hollywood’s ‘it’ actresses at the moment.
Starting her career in Australian as a stand-up comedian and first rose to attention in 2002 when her comedy show ‘The Westie Monologues’ took Sydney by storm. She then backed that up with successful shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – one of the most prestigious comedy festivals in the world.
But Wilson dreamed of bigger and better things. While acting as a Rotary International Youth Ambassador for Australia in South Africa a young Wilson contracted malaria. While battling the sickness she had a hallucination in which she sure herself as an actress winning an Academy Award.
With the dream of being an actress burning bright Wilson won a role in the film ‘Pizza’ which was a surprise hit in Australia. Wilson also appeared in the film’s television spin-offs which have included ‘World Record Pizza’ and the long running ‘Fat Pizza’ which despite its low production costs was also a hit and this added to Wilson ‘unofficially’ becoming the face of an Australian telecommunications company’s advertising campaign saw Wilson become a household name in her homeland.
Wilson’s next television role again saw her take the comedy angle while playing various roles in popular sketch comedy show ‘The Wedge’ which poked fun at Australian culture, before she then appeared in the ill-fated ‘Monster House’ a show that never really found an audience and was quickly axed.
After a small role in the blockbuster film ‘Ghost Rider’ (which was filmed in Melbourne, Australia) Wilson then created, starred in, wrote and produced an underrated musical comedy series called ‘Bogan Pride’. Wilson also saw herself becoming more popular with some truly hilarious performances on two of Australia’s most watched programs – the improvisational comedy show ‘Thank God You’re Here’ and comedy quiz show ‘Talkin’ About Your Generation’.
Wilson’s career then took another turn for the best when she made her first television drama appearance in the police drama ‘City Homicide’ and then won the Best Actress Award at the Tropfest Short Film Festival for her role in ‘Bargain’.
Finding succsess in Australia now meant that Rebel Wilson was ready to take a big step and try and find fame in the United States. She begun with a small role in an episode of ‘Rules Of Engagement’ before then landing a role in the Judd Apatow film ‘Bridesmaids’ – a role that although small had some critics labeling her as a genuine talent.
From there she earned another television guest appearance, this time in ‘Workaholics’ before returning to Australia to star alongside Olivia Newton-John and Xavier Samuel in the comedy film, ‘A Few Best Men’.
Wilson then returned to the U.S. where her career really took off in 2012. Not only did she appear in smaller films such as ‘Super Fun Night’ and ‘Struck By Lightning’ but also got to star in big romantic comedies such as ‘Bachelorette’ and ‘What To Expect When You Are Expecting’ before voicing a character in ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ and getting to show off her singing voice in ‘Pitch Perfect’.
With Rebel Wilson about to co-star with the likes of Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in ‘Pain & Gain’ you can be sure that her 2013 looks like it will only bring her more stardom.