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  •   Home > News > Entertainment

    Rebel Wilson chose a career in comedy because it didn't matter that she was a "bigger girl"

    The 41-year-old star - who has shed an impressive 77 pounds since embarking on a healthier lifestyle in 2020 - has explained that she decided to become a comedian because they don't have to have sex appeal.


    Rebel, who is known for her role as Fat Amy in the 'Pitch Perfect' movies, told the 'Life Uncut Podcast': "I knew I was a bigger girl so I was like, 'You just got to embrace it.

    "So that's why I went into comedy acting because I knew how much power comedians can have - people are more likely to laugh at people they don't want to have sex with.

    "Comedians often have something physical about them that's abnormal.

    "Those people tend to go better in comedy, so I turned what was turned into a lot of agents as a disadvantage into my advantage."

    On what inspired her to lose weight in 2020, she said: "I'm turning 40 I knew I can be healthier. I'm gonna make the big change and lose the excess weight, I had a lot of push-back from that."

    Since her body transformation, the 'Bridesmaids' star has been offered drama roles.

    She said: "It's opened up dramatic roles which I wasn't getting considered before, which is awesome so I can really use my acting muscle.

    "I still think there was some statistic, leading ladies it's less than 1 per cent of plus-size actresses, there is some movement in including different body types."

    Rebel previously admitted her team was opposed to her decision to embark on a "year of health" because she'd been so successful playing the "funny fat girl" in a string of movies.

    She explained: "I got a lot of pushback from my own team actually, here in Hollywood, when I said OK, I'm going to do this year of health, I feel like I'm really gonna physically transform and change my life.

    "And they were like why? Why would you wanna do that? Because I was earning millions of dollars being the funny fat girl and being that person."

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