I Like It: Rebel Wilson on Bachelorette and Pain and Gain

The breakout star of Bridesmaids on the increasingly complex roles for women and Michael Bay's feminine side.

Fred Topelby Fred Topel


Ever since Bridesmaids, Rebel Wilson has been working a lot. She got to pop in in What to Expect When You’re Expecting (I saw it for my other job), and now she has a central role in Bachelorette. The bad girl wedding movie casts Wilson as Becky, the bride, who just wants her perfect wedding and her high school friends keep messing it up. We had a lovely chat with Wilson by phone and got an interesting take on Michael Bay’s feminine side as well. She’s come a long way since “Girl in Alley” from Ghost Rider.


CraveOnline: It seems like everyone’s talking about not only female driven comedy, but this sort of edgy female comedy that started with Bridesmaids.

Rebel Wilson: Yeah, because I think Bridesmaids was the number one R-rated female driven comedy ever. Then I have noticed what you’re saying. There’s now a whole need for edgy, raunchy female ensemble movies which being a female comedian is brilliant.


How do you feel about the discussion that’s just begun, talking about Lena Dunham’s comedy too?

You mean how people are saying, “Oh my God, women can be funny.” Like that kind of discussion?


More so that people are interested in seeing not just funny women but flawed women.

I like it. Because all of a sudden movie studios and television networks are kind of searching out for female writers, because female writers do, as a generalization, write better female roles, and trying to come up with new concepts and vehicles for women to be really edgy and funny and flawed on screen, which for an actress like me is just awesome.


Is your character in Bachelorette the more idealized dream wedding role, while the other three women are the disasters?

Yeah, like when I read the Bachelorette script, one of the reasons I wanted to do it is because Becky isn’t the more outrageously flawed character. Isla and Kirsten and Lizzy’s characters are and Becky has to be the more rounded one. So for me, I kind of thought it was a bit of an acting challenge to be kind of the more stable, grounded character and still try to get some laughs, but to really be the center that the other girls revolve around her and her wedding. It was a challenge because usually I’d be like Isla’s character, all crazy and saying all these F’ed up things. Playing Becky, she had to be sweet and nice as a comparison to them.


Do you have any funny deleted scenes that we might see on the DVD?

There’s definitely a lot of us dancing at the end, and me kissing Hayes [MacArthur]. I’m trying to think. I think because Leslye [Headland]’s script was so tightly written, because it was a play, that I don’t think there’s any whole scene deleted. What there is, is there’s a whole scene at the beginning between me and Kirsten that’s the whole lunch conversation. When you see it in the movie it’s cut up and you hardly see any of it because they cut in and have the other girls coming in and joining the conversation and it goes straight to Kirsten telling them that I’m getting married, but there is actually a whole scene which I’m sure they’ll put on the DVD because that was in the Sundance version of the film.


So it was in the movie at one point?

Yeah, I think just because they wanted to really ramp up the style of the movie.


Is all this success you’re having now thanks to Ghost Rider?

[Laughs] My two days on Ghost Rider. I filmed that actually in Melbourne, at the bottom of Australia but it was my first experience working on a Hollywood movie and I just loved it. I remember there was all proper sets and there were cars turned upside down and smoke and stuntmen and Nicolas Cage was there. That was kind of like my first taste and I did only work on that movie for two days, but I was like wow, if this is what Hollywood’s like, I really have to go to Hollywood.


But people remember that and you made it into the trailer.

Yeaaaah. I think I made it into the worldwide trailer that went all around the world and I was like wow, my little funny bit just improvising with Eva Mendes made it in the trailer. I was very impressed and I went when it came out in Australia. I went with my family to go watch it. Everyone noticed that I was in the movie and they all stood up and started clapping after my two minute bit. It was weird but it certainly made me interested in being in American movies because in Australia we don’t have a huge film industry. We mainly have a lot of local television but not really any films, so I really wanted to come to America which I really think is the king of feature films, in comedy and in drama.


I understand you’re working with Jenny Craig? I hope that’s something you’re doing for you, not because Hollywood said you have to.

Yeah, I’m actually not. I was with them for a period last year but because of my roles, when you sign a contract to play in a movie, you basically can’t really change your appearance. Usually you can’t go more than 2 kilos up or down and you can’t change your hair and there’s all sorts of things. So it’s just so busy, it’s too hard to concentrate on a diet.


You’re actually so busy, you can’t afford to change your appearance.

Well, yeah, in a way, yeah. But I did lose like 10% of my body weight when I was on Jenny Craig and it was just to be healthier. I didn’t have any ambition to turn into some kind of skinny actress. I just wanted to be a bit healthier and I did that so I was happy. But yeah, because of my schedule and filming and everything, I’m not on it anymore.


What’s your role in Pain and Gain?

Pain and Gain, oh, that’s going to be a really interesting movie because it’s based on the true crime story of these three guys played by Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Mackie and The Rock who torture and kill people. I play the girlfriend of Anthony Mackie’s character, based on a real life lady who did go to jail for her involvement. I can’t wait to see what Mr. Bay’s going to do with this movie because it is so dark but at times he wanted comedy out of it. So there’s people like myself and Ken Jeong from The Hangover. I’m just so fascinated to see what’s going to make the cut because on some days we were doing improvising and being funny. Then on other days it’s very serious where there’s bodies being cut up and put into barrels. It’s really dark so I think people are going to be fascinated with the movie.


We hear there’s a lot of slow motion in it.

Is there? Maybe of Mark Wahlberg flexing his muscles, I don't know. Michael, the way he sets up the shots, are all incredible. I think me in particular on some of the really dramatic stuff, I think I get pulled out of a house by a SWAT team in slow motion. I can’t wait to see the footage of that. I think it will be a fascinating movie.


Talk about flawed women, Michael Bay movies usually have underwear models, literally. Was he interested in exploring different types of female characters?

Well, what’s fascinating is that when I was in that movie, I get there and my outfits were like Victoria’s Secret underwear. I’m not joking. And I was like, Michael obviously knows that he cast me, and the other two girls were supermodels who played the other girlfriends, but I found that really interesting that I was made to be wearing what they wear, and I clearly don’t look at all with them. I found that really interesting from Michael’s movies, to cast someone like me who is a different body type to the supermodels that he usually tends to cast.