Rebel Wilson isn’t quite the break-out comedy star that fans have generously labeled her with, as she is cast in one exceptional role after another. Wilson is merely getting the popularity that she deserves. The “Isn’t it Romantic” star hasn’t arrived – she’s already been a comedic fixture in the industry since her debut film “Fat Pizza,” when she played the character “Toula.” The 96-minute Australian film grossed almost $8 million at the box office and it only had a budget of $400,000.
Wilson was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in 1980 and grew up in Kenthust, Parramatta and Castle Hill, both suburban neighborhoods. Although she was very good in math while attending the University of New South Whales and initially pursued the possibility of a mathematics career, Wilson chose to receive her Bachelors of Arts and a Bachelor of Law degree, which she earned in 2009.
After studying her craft at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Wilson later moved to New York City on an International Scholarship. The scholarship was funded by fellow-Australian actress Nicole Kidman. She received training from “The Second City,” an improvisational sketch comedy theatre. The theatre has been a starting point for many other comedy actors and actresses, such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carrell, and Amy Phoeler. Learn more about Rebel Wilson: https://www.broadway.com/buzz/194108/rebel-wilson-to-play-jennyanydots-in-cats-film/
In 2011, Wilson made a courageous move to Hollywood and quickly signed with William Morris Endeavor. Soon after arriving, she was cast in the blockbuster film “Bridesmaids” and played the role of “Brynn.” According to the director of the film, the role was specifically written for her performance. Her fearless audition for the role in “Pitch Perfect” was instantly embraced by the director, after a comedy rendition of Lady Gaga’s hit song, “The Edge of Glory.”
Wilson does another remarkable job in “Isn’t it Romantic,” but this time with the lead role. The film is about falling in love – with a twist. Wilson plays the role of “Natalie” who has completely ruled out a rom-com as being anything other than a fantasy. That all changes the moment that Wilson’s character becomes unconscious after a knock on the head by a thief, while she’s working as an architect. Read more: Isn’t it Romantic Trailer | Collider and Pitch Perfect 4 | Vanity Fair
“Natalie” awakens and finds herself right in the midst of being the leading lady of a real-life love connection that is anything but typical or a fantasy. “Isn’t it Romantic,” which also stars Priyanka Chopra, Adam DeVine, and Liam Hemsworth, takes the romantic comedy of “Pretty Woman” and blends it with “When Harry Met Sally” to form the film of the times. Both classics are even mentioned in the film. “Isn’t it Romantic” is ultimately about self-love, and the theme has an undertone of how the misinformed romantic stories are often held within the minds of those who are seeking the love they really need to find within themselves.
Wilson has applied a uniqueness to comedy that is all her own. She currently has two other films in post-production, and she is currently filming the British-American musical comedy-drama “Cats,” alongside castmates Judi Dench, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, and James Corden. “Isn’t it Romantic” opens in theatres on February 14, 2019.