Coming this Valentine’s Day 2019 is a romantic comedy movie, Isn’t It Romantic, starring Australia’s uprising comedienne, Rebel Wilson. Wilson is an actress, a writer and a producer who graduated from the Australian Theater for Young People in 2003. She started to get noticed after bagging the role of Toula for the comedy series Pizza (2000) for the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS). She also starred in the hit sketch comedy series, The Wedge.
She wrote, produced and starred in the musical comedy, Bogan Pride (2008). Wilson also won the Best Actress award for her role in Bargain. She was cast in the movie Bridesmaids (2011), her first movie in the US. Since then she has appeared in a few movies like A Few Best Men, What to Expect When You’re Expecting and Struck by Lightning.
In 2011, Variety magazine named her one of the Top Ten Comics to Watch. She starred in a musical comedy Pitch Perfect film series which won her the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress. Her role as Fat Amy in this movie also earned her several awards nominations including MTV Best Breakthrough Performance Award. Read more: Isn’t It Romantic Trailer: Rebel Wilson Stars | Hollywoodreporter and Stunning Transformation of Rebel Wilson | TheList
Born in Sydney, Australia on March 2, 1980, Wilson grew up with her three siblings who were raised by parents who were professional beagle breeder. In the article, The Stunning Transformation of Rebel Wilson (https://www.thelist.com/41472/stunning-transformation-rebel-wilson/), it mentioned how she transformed from a shy but confident girl into a funny, down to earth Aussie gal.
She describes herself as a socially awkward teenager who was encouraged by her high school drama teacher, Mrs. Bowmaker, to enter in the Tournament of Minds, an Aussie creative competition which features different segment like performing and improvising. That’s how she came out of her shell and she’s grateful for Mrs. Bowmaker’s role in transforming herself into what she is now.
In an interview with Flare magazine, Wilson described how she grew up to be a feminist, which was attributed to her education at an exclusive girls’ high school. In that school, women are trained to be independent, to go after what they want and pursue their dreams.
At a young age of 17, Rebel Wilson, worked for a year for Australia’s Rotary International Youth Ambassador Program. During one of the organization’s trips to South Africa, she contacted malaria. She was hallucinating due to her illness and dreamed about winning an Oscar. This is how her acting bug supposedly started. Learn more about Rebel Wilson: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2313103/ and https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/10/pitch-perfect-4-rebel-wilson
After her stint with the Rotary, she went home and studied at the University of New South Wales as well at Australian Theater for Young People. Here, she started to act in stage as a serious actor, but people find her funny instead. She considers herself as unique. She said that most Australian actors who came to America are serious, usually dramatic actors but she is one of the first comedy actors from Australia.
In the movie, Isn’t It Romantic, she plays the role of Natalie, a New York architect who is disenchanted with love but finds herself trapped inside a real life romantic comedy after a subway mugging incident that knocked her unconscious.
The movie also stars Priyanka Chopra, Liam Hemsworth and Adam DeVine. It is directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson.