Rebel Wilson is today one of the most notable actresses in Hollywood. She is also a writer, producer, and singer. This famous actress was born Melanie Elizabeth Bownds on March 2, 1980, in Sydney, Australia.
She was raised in the suburbs of Kenthurst, and for schooling, she attended Tara Anglican School for Girls. In 1997, she graduated from high school second in her class in food technology. Rebel joined the University of Wales where for a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Performance Studies and 2009 and later a Bachelors of Law degree.
At the age of 15, Melanie Elizabeth who was at the quite shy decided to “get a personality” and become Rebel. This was after she read that one’s character is always set in stone at 15 and decided it was time for a change. She went on to join the debate club where she could learn to speak up more. Read more: Rebel Wilson on Winning Battles Producing Films | Vogue and Pitch Perfect Star Rebel Wilson Talks Clothing Line Secrets | Today
Her high school drama teacher also encouraged her to enter the Tournament of Minds, a creative competition at the same time. This change in life approach propelled her to becoming Rebel Wilson. With this new found confidence, Rebel and her girlfriends started encouraging each other to go after their dreams.
The career of Rebel Wilson started in 2003 when she won the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) International scholarship and moved to NY. The competition was sponsored by Nicole Kidman. In New York, she joined The Second City for training, and when she went back to Australia, she landed the role of Toula on Pizza, a SBS comedy series.
Rebel would later land several other roles on a sketch comedy series, Fat Mandy, Karla Bangs, and The Wedge including Lucy. She was also featured in various Telstra advertisements that were aired on the Australian Idol between 2004 and 2005.
This talent actress then started landing minor roles in feature films like Ghost Rider and Fat Pizza. In 2008, she wrote, produced, starred in Bogan Pride, a musical comedy series. A year later she would star in Monster House, a Nine network improvisational series.
Breaking into Hollywood
According to Rebel Wilson, being unique and different significantly helped her break into Hollywood. She pointed out that she was signed by her agent on the second day thanks to her being different and unique. Her breakout role came in 2011’s Bridesmaids where she played Brynn, Kristen Wiig’s roommate.
This talented actress once pointed out that she would not want to compete with the really gorgeous people as she is all about brains and what’s on the inside – the heart. From this point, Rebel Wilson’s career snowballed, and she landed roles like Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect Trilogy.
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