In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph back in July 2016, Rebel Wilson admitted the ambition to be as funny as she possibly could, might have played a role in her gaining weight in the first place.
The Australian actress and stand-up comedian revealed witnessing a “bigger” girl with similar comedy skills as hers getting more laughs probably made her let go and pile on more pounds.
“And I remember distinctly thinking: ‘I think it’s because she’s fatter,’” she said. “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.”
The 36-year-old Sydneyan, who successfully pursued a law degree before she appeared in several Australian sitcoms was first noticed by the international public after appearing in Bridesmaids. She is set to reprise her role in the blockbuster hit’s third installment scheduled to come out in December 2017.
Known for her curvy image and being extremely comfortable in her own skin, 2016 was a year in which she decided to shed some of her weight. She started a program back in April, and by the end of the year, she had lost over 15 kg.
She has admitted to suffering from a hormonal imbalance which makes it more difficult for her to lose weight. Yet that does not put her off the task at hand. In fact, it is not the first time Rebel slimmed down considerably.
Back in 2012, she used to work as a spokesperson for Australian weight loss company, Jenny Craig. She admitted that contractual agreements prevented her for shedding too many kilos, as it would change her appearance considerably. She had to get out of the program before she reached her target of losing 20 kg. At the time she said that she was planning to get back to it once she had some time on her hands, and it seems like she is finally realizing that plan.
When asked whether she saw herself losing all the excess weight at some point, Rebel seemed skeptical:
“I do have these dreams, like, ‘What if I just went to a health farm and lost 50 kilos [110 lbs.]?” she told the Daily Life. “What would happen? Would it affect my career?’ But then I think, that’s never going to happen.”
Rebel has often spoken about how throughout her life she has always used any insecurities about her appearance as a “career advantage”.
“I saw my size as being an advantage, whereas so many women see it as a disadvantage,” she said.
And once she felt like losing some weight, she got round to it and just did it. Same as she once put on some pounds when she thought it would accentuate her comic talents. Which is exactly in line with her philosophy of enjoying any shape your body might take. Such a refreshing attitude.