Rebel Wilson was first noticed by many in Paul Feig’s Bridesmaids. In an interview with the Telegraph she says she first auditioned for the part that went to Melissa McCarthy, another plus-size lady of comedy. The auditioners liked her so much they created her nightmare roommate character.
Soon after, Rebel Wilson was a well-known figure, cast in mega-franchise Pitch Perfect. Wilson says that part of her success was accepting her body, and even being strategic about how to market herself. Her character in Pitch Perfect is called Fat Amy, after all.
She says that when she was starting out, she was big, but in an athletic way. She wrote a play and cast another girl as her counter-part who she says was larger than her. “I was like: ‘Oh. That girl’s getting a lot of laughs, a lot easier than me. What is it?’ Because I don’t think there’s much difference in talent," she recalled. "And I remember distinctly thinking: ‘I think it’s because she’s fatter’. 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.”
Wilson also says she has a hormonal imbalance that makes weight gain rapid when she takes a break from maintenance, but she sometimes thinks about losing it. “Oh yeah! I’ll take six months off, and just do a total transformation," Wilson said. "But then, so many people go: ‘Don’t you do it!’ But I think: ‘Why not?’”
Whatever she chooses to do, Rebel Wilson obviously feels fine with how she looks. Her perspective seems not so much about body positivity as it is about getting what she wants—fame and fortune.
“I saw my size as being an advantage… whereas so many women see it as a disadvantage,” she said. And that’s why Rebel Wilson is a movie star.