In a recent interview with the UK's Telegraph, Aussie actress Rebel Wilson revealed that she, in fact, gained weight in order to fast-track her way to fame.
Unlike many cookie-cutter actors, Rebel, who is 36, has never succumbed to Hollywood’s pressure to be thin. She told the Telegraph that earlier in her career she noticed a similar actress with a bigger frame was getting bigger laughs, “I was like, Oh. That girl’s getting a lot of laughs a lot easier than me. What is it?’ Because I don’t think there’s much difference in talent. And I remember distinctly thinking, ‘I think it’s because she’s fatter.
“And then, I don’t know if it was mega-conscious, but I thought, ‘How can I get more laughs? Maybe if I was a bit fatter…’ And then suddenly I was fatter and doing comedy.”
Before she hit the big time and became famous for her role as ‘Fat Amy’ in hit film Pitch Perfect, Rebel trained as a lawyer, and despite her convincing ditzy and delirious characters on screen, she’s incredibly sharp. When she was starting out and acting in local sketch television shows, she drew up her own contracts to ensure she had sole ownership of her characters, proving she's talented, funny and smart - a triple threat!
Let's go London! Come and see GUYS & DOLLS this weekend if you're in need of a laugh (and amazing dancing!!) X pic.twitter.com/E7bE1rEu7c— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) July 1, 2016
Rebel went on to explain that she was diagnosed with a hormone imbalance which makes her gain weight quite rapidly. But in true role model style, Rebel turned a seemingly negative situation into a positive one, “I saw my size as being an advantage, whereas so many women see it as a disadvantage.”
You go, girl.
Rebel is currently performing in the hit musical Guys and Dolls in London and will appear in a number of films later this year, including the highly-anticipated comedy, Absolutely Fabulous.