Rebel Wilson’s weight loss journey has been nothing short of remarkable. Speaking to former British soldier Ant Middleton on his Sky One series Straight Talking, the 40-year-old actress shared what set her on the path of such incredible body transformation.
Rebel Wilson revealed that her weight loss came from years of self-loathing. “I wasn’t loving myself in the way that I should from 20 to 40 – that’s 20 years,” she said. “I feel so sad that I did that to myself, just not loving yourself in the right way.”
The Pitch Perfect actress also feels conflicted because she doesn’t want girls to get the wrong message from her transformation.
“It’s hard because I was so self-confident and don’t want to project a message to people that girls can’t be happy with themselves at bigger, plus sizes, because I was living the life.”
Not everyone has been supportive of Rebel Wilson’s weight loss and the actress is not oblivious to it. “People go “you’re not the same, you’re not funny anymore”, and I’m like, “screw you guys”” she said on the program.
Adding on to this, Rebel said that had it been a man in her place, he wouldn’t have been trolled and would rather have been lauded for his efforts. “But when women do it, it’s like “how dare she?” Or “she’s trying to get a man.””
Being a plus-size actress as she was also led to her being typecast in comedy roles, with filmmakers wanting her to “play Fat Amy in multiple movies and call the character something a bit different”.
“I start gaining all this weight and I’m like, you know what’s good for bigger girls? Comedy,” Rebel explained. “I’m fatter now, I’m getting more laughs, people want to pay me millions of dollars then to be hilarious.”
Rebel now hopes to land diverse roles and to prove her mettle as an actress further.
Rebel Wilson reveals she was kidnapped at gunpoint years ago
In her conversation with Ant Middleton, Rebel Wilson also talked about a harrowing incident from years ago.
The Isn’t It actress revealed she was kidnapped and held at gunpoint in Africa. “There was one time in Africa where I got kidnapped. It was in rural Mozambique.”
“We were on this cattle truck and these men came on another truck with a lot of guns. [They pulled up beside us] with the big guns and they were like, ‘Yeah, you’ve got to get off your truck’. They took us to a house in the middle of nowhere.”
“I felt like I was very good in the crisis. I was like a team leader,” she further shared. “They sat us down, and I said, ‘Everybody link arms,’ because I was petrified in the night that they might want to take one of the girls or something.”
Fortunately, they were all released unharmed the next morning. “Luckily we weren’t harmed and then the next day they came and said, ‘Your truck is ready now. You can go go go.’ We didn’t ask any questions,” she recalled.
Rebel’s Straight Talking episode sees her and the host embark on a journey of self-discovery and is filled with a lot of revelations. It was shot in Mexico over a period of three days and comes out on Sky One today.