Rebel Wilson was born and raised in Syndey, Australia along with her three siblings, Liberty, Ryot, and Annachi Wilson. She attended the University of New South Wales where she studied Law and Arts, earning a law degree in 2009. She also became a Rotary International Youth Ambassador for Australia and was stationed in South Africa for one year where she contracted a serious case of malaria. Rebel had hallucinations where she saw herself becoming an actress and winning an Oscar. This somewhat unlikely but true event is what pushed her to pursue an acting career.
Back home in Australia, Rebel is known for her role as Toula on the SBS series Pizza and as an assortment of characters such as Lucy, Fat Mandi, and Karla Bangs on another sketch comedy series, The Wedge. She also had roles in the feature films Fat Pizza and Ghost Rider, both filmed in Australia. Rebel showed even more creativity when she created, wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy series Bogan Pride that aired on SBS One.
Moving to the United States, Rebel was signed to William Morris Endeavor. Her first film role in the States came in the Judd Apatow film Bridesmaids, where she was a standout as Brynn, the roommate of Kristen Wiig’s character.
On August 2011, Borys Kit of The Hollywood Reporter reported that Rebel would become the first person cast in the new comedy Pitch Perfect (2012). For her performance as Fat Amy in the movie, she received much critical praise and from this, she received several nominations, including Best Supporting Actress from the San Diego Film Critics Society and Best Actress in a Comedy from the Broadcast Film Critics Association.
Rebel, who hosted the 2013 MTV Movie Awards, played supporting roles in the motion pictures Pain & Gain (2013)and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) before reprising her role as Fat Amy in the sequel Pitch Perfect 2 (2015).
The actress also starred in How to Be Single (2016) alongside Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann, The Brothers Grimsby (2016) starring Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as made a cameo appearance in the comedy Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016). Her more recent roles include Pitch Perfect 3 (2017), Isn't it Romantic (2019) and The Hustle (2019).
She went on to a supporting role in Taika Waititi's World War II comedy, Jojo Rabbit (2019), which won the People's Choice Award at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.
During the pandemic, Rebel took a year to devote herself to being more healthy and lost over 70 pounds. In 2022, she hosted the BAFTA Awards and starred in the Netflix film, Senior Year (2022), as a cheerleader who has an accident that leaves her in a coma for 20 years. When she wakes up, she wants to resume life as she knew it, which means completing her senior year.
Senior Year (2022)
Isn't it Romantic (2019)
Jojo Rabbit (2019)
The Hustle (2019)
Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)
The Brothers Grimsby (2016)
How to Be Single (2016)
Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)
Pain & Gain (2013)
Pitch Perfect (2012)
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012)
Struck by Lightning (2012)
Small Apartments (2012)
A Few Best Men (2011)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Fat Pizza (2003)