LOS ANGELES – Get ready to notice Rebel Wilson.
She may have already caught your eye with her brief appearance in Bridesmaids, playing the freeloading roommate who reads Annie’s (Kristen Wiig) diary after mistaking it for a very sad, handwritten book.
The 28-year-old Australian actress’ scene-stealing turn in the 2011 hit certainly got Hollywood’s attention.
Basically, the week Bridesmaids’ came out, I booked up for the rest of the year, Wilson said during a recent interview.
Among the gigs: Joining the A-list ensemble in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, voicing a hostile kangaroo in the animated Ice Age: Continental Drift, working with Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay’s crime dramedy Pain and Gain and playing a silky-voiced (if aerobically challenged) competitive singer in the current musical comedy Pitch Perfect.
Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore says Wilson is fearless.
There’s this beautiful openness to the way Rebel approaches everything, he said.
In What to Expect, for example, the full-figured actress trades outfits with petite Elizabeth Banks and romps about unselfconsciously.
Though Wilson is a fresh face for American audiences, she’s no stranger to performing. A writer, actress and standup comic in her native Australia, she began on stage and appeared in more than a dozen TV shows before heading to Hollywood to break into movies. Bridesmaids was her first stateside job.
A love she’s discovered is reality TV.
It just fascinates me, Wilson said. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is my new favorite, and Dance Moms’ is my other favorite. Sometimes I watch it and I imitate them and I do their voices. It’s just good for coming up with characters... The more I know about America, the better I’ll be at performing American characters and American stories.
Originally a law student, Wilson chose to pursue performing after having a malaria-induced dream in which she saw herself accepting an Academy Award.
Oscar, are you listening?