Fashion designer, potential lawyer: What you didn't know about Rebel Wilson
You know her as the lovable Fat Amy from the Pitch Perfect movies who can hold more than a tune or two.
But there is more to this plus-size comedienne from Australia who got her big Hollywood break after starring in the 2011 hit female-centric comedy Bridesmaids .
Rebel Wilson is bringing the laughs again in How To Be Single, a comedy that follows a handful of interconnected characters navigating the ever-shifting set of codes, customs, rituals, apps and emojis of modern-day single life in New York City.
Wilson plays Robin, who gives Dakota Johnson's Alice a crash course on how to live a fulfilling single life.
How To Be Single, opening here Feb 18, also features the comedy talents of Leslie Mann, Damon Wayans Jr., and Alison Brie.
Here's what you need to know about Wilson, who's fast becoming one of Hollywood's top funny ladies.
Singles unite: Dakota Johnson (left) and Rebel Wilson in How To Be Single. PHOTO: WARNER BROS.
1. She's a bona fide legal eagle
Wilson may have carved a career playing lovable bogans, an Australian slang for an uncouth person, but she is far more sophisticated and brainy in real life.
After attaining near-perfect scores in high school, she won a place in the University of New South Wales and later graduated with degrees in law and arts.
"I have never practiced — like defended any real criminals — but I feel like it could be really funny if I did. I could make jokes," she recently told Seth Meyers on NBC's Late Night.
"The jury would really like me. I could get anybody off, I think."
Though she never practiced, her knowledge in law became handy when she started work in Hollywood where she negotiated a lot of her contracts.
2. She's comfortable with her age
A recent interview with Australian TV series Home Delivery saw Wilson, 36, opening up about the controversy surrounding her age.
Last year, Wilson's former classmate accused the actress of being seven years older than what the media had been reporting. She also claimed Wilson went by a different name — Melanie Bownds — in high school.
"If I was guilty of something, I mean, I don't really have any skeletons in my closet, which is why it's quite hard for people to write bad stuff about me," Wilson said to Home Delivery host Julia Zemiro.
"You know, I don't have a drug addiction or a secret child. But I think when I did go to America, I kind of just stopped saying my age."
3. She's a good sport
Wilson is never one who will shy away from poking fun at herself.
She shared her "awful first acting headshot" on Late Night, mocking her "classy" looks and "feral hair".
She added: "When I first said I was going to become an actress, nobody thought that it would ever happen. Looking at that headshot, would you think that girl would get hired...No!"
4. She's a fashion designer
Wilson launched her own fashion line in November last year for plus-size US clothing chain Torrid, a labour of love that stemmed from being unable to find clothing that fit her needs.
The Rebel Wilson for Torrid Spring 2016 capsule collection is now available.
5. She craves drama
Having already found success with comedies — she can next be seen in The Brothers Grimsby with Sacha Baron Cohen and Mark Strong — Wilson is actively seeking dramatic roles.
"Something crime related ... a murderer," she told Zemiro.
"I still feel like I am at the beginning of my career and I have got so much to do and show people."
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