Rebel Wilson has noticed that she is receiving a lot more attention now that she has lost weight, but after a year of working on her health, the actress says she understands why.
After adjusting her eating habits and committing to daily exercises, the Pitch Perfect star, 41, has shed more than 60 pounds. Wilson told Australia’s Daily Telegraph that she now gets “more press” from her acting performances than she ever did before.
“In 2019, I had, like, four movies come out, two which I [also] produced and one, Jojo Rabbit [in which she starred], which got nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture,” she explained. But the focus has been solely on “when I do nothing except lose weight.”
Rebel Wilson said of her weight loss, “People are so obsessed with it. But I get it. Oprah is one of my heroes. She’s certainly struggled with eating issues and I would always watch her episodes when she spoke about that.”
Wilson admitted that the increasing emphasis on her appearance has been a significant shift for her, since she “grew up not really trading on my looks.”
Wilson revealed that she was a timid youngster, and that when the Pitch Perfect movies were out and her reputation increased, she struggled with the spotlight.
“Because I’m not a natural performer, my natural personality is very introverted; the way I dealt with that pressure was to eat,” she explained. “I would reward myself with a block of chocolate.”
Rebel Wilson’s weight loss wasn’t about “being a certain size or body weight,” but rather about “loving” herself and discovering her “inner siren,” which she celebrated by dressing up as a mermaid at Marlon Brando’s private island for her week-long 40th birthday party.
Wilson has also been candid about another reason she started her “Year of Health” in the first place: she wants to have a baby.
“It first started when I was looking into fertility stuff and the doctor was like, ‘Well, you’d have a much better chance if you were healthier,’” she explained in an Instagram Live Q&A with fans in July.
While speaking with Stellar, the actress provided an update on her fertility journey, saying that “it’s still a bit unclear” if she’ll be able to have her own family one day.
“I feel like [it’s] not over yet. It’s kind of an emotional roller coaster. But I’ve been trying my best, so whatever will be, will be,” she said.