It was her role as the dim-witted housemate in ‘Bridesmaids’ that first brought Rebel Wilson worldwide attention, but after landing roles in ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting,’ and the new musical smash ‘Pitch Perfect,’ it’s safe to say the Aussie actress is here to stay!
MTV sat down for a chat with the star at her old drama school in Sydney recently, where she talked behind-the-scenes antics from the set of ‘Pitch Perfect,’ repping her Australian accent and busting out the high notes (and busting out of her shirt!) during her big solo...
MTV: There’s a lot of hype surrounding the release of 'Pitch Perfect' – what is it about the film that has captured so much attention?
Rebel: We had so much fun making it, and it’s a really large ensemble cast, so when people see it you can’t help but be like “Yay!” There’s really cool edgy comedy in it, but then there’s also singing and dancing, so it’s kind of like win, win, win. Three wins, all round!
MTV: Fat Amy really steals the show in the film, did you get much say in how the character was to be played?
Rebel: Originally when I had auditioned and was cast in the movie the role was supposed to be an American girl. So I’d prepared all this back-story that she was going to be from Chicago and love pizza - I’d done research for, like, 30 minutes. But then when we got to rehearsals we had a four-week boot camp before we started filming where we had to learn all the songs and all the dancing, and it was quite exhausting … so I started talking in my real Australian accent, coz I’d get tired. The director heard me and said, “Oh wait, can you do your Australian accent in the movie, that would be really funny.” So I was like “Oh ok,” and then I kind of had to adapt the character to fit more my natural kind of comedy sense.
MTV: You have some of the best one-liners in the film - did you come up with most of them yourself or were they already scripted?
Rebel: Some of them were scripted … how I often like to work is that I’ll do one take of the script and then I’ll do a couple of other takes of whatever I felt like saying, and some stuff comes out and you’re like, “How did that come out?” but it just does. And when you’re playing off the other actors, they’ll say stuff to you and you have to come back with a really funny retort and you have like half a second to think about it. And then you can get some really cool, funny stuff which a lot of it ends up being in the finished movie and you’re always like, “Yay! That joke made it!”
MTV: Do you have a favourite scene from the film?
Rebel: In the movie I got to sing a solo, ‘Turn The Beat Around’ by Gloria Estefan, which is an oldie but it’s really good! And because I had bronchitis when we were filming that, I just had to get it together and actually just still sing my heart out even though I was feeling a bit under the weather. And I love how it came out in the film, because you can’t tell that I was sick that day. And then I got to bust open my shirt at the end of the song - it was really, really fun!
MTV: We’re sitting here in your old drama school, did you ever think you’d come back here with Hollywood movies under your belt?
Rebel: I guess, no, I never envisaged I’d be living in America doing all these movies. I guess at that point I wanted to be a professional actor, but I think at that point I was hoping, “Wouldn’t it be great if I was on Australian TV or on a sketch show” or something. And then when I did go to America I remember thinking “Wouldn’t it be great to be in ONE movie,” and I was lucky enough to get cast in ‘Bridesmaids’ as my first movie and now I just keep getting continually cast in stuff … It is very surreal!
MTV: Any other projects in the pipeline you can tell us about?
Rebel: Yeah there’s another movie coming out in December called ‘Struck by Lightning’ where I work opposite Chris Colfer from ‘Glee,’ I play his best friend in that. And then I’m also in the new Michael Bay movie which you’ll see next year called ‘Pain & Gain’ which is very different to ‘Pitch Perfect’! It’s based on a true crime story set in Miami.
Check out Rebel Wilson as ‘Fat Amy’ in the musical comedy ‘Pitch Perfect’ – in cinemas December 6!
Written by Lucy Slight
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