Rebel Wilson admits her management were opposed to her losing weight

‘I got a lot of pushback from my own team’: Rebel Wilson admits her management were opposed to her losing weight after ‘earning millions as the funny fat girl’

  • The Australian actress, 41, has lost more than 35kg (5.5 stone) after embarking on rigorous health and fitness journey in 2019  
  • But she admits the decision to change her lifestyle was met with opposition in some quarters after her previous body shape helped her win roles
  • She told BBC Breakfast that food became a defense mechanism used to escape her emotions as she struggled to establish herself as an actress 
  • It’s understood that Rebel got ‘amazing results’ by changing her eating habits while staying at an Austrian health and wellness retreat 










Rebel Wilson says her management were opposed to her losing weight because playing the ‘funny fat girl’ in a string of successful films had earned her a fortune. 

The Australian actress, 41, has lost more than 35kg (5.5 stone) after embarking on rigorous health and fitness journey in 2019. 

But she admits the decision to change her lifestyle was met with opposition in some quarters after her previous body shape helped her amass an estimated $22million fortune with roles in box office hits such as Bridesmaids and the Pitch Perfect film series.  

Opening up: Rebel Wilson says her management were opposed to her losing weight because playing the ‘funny fat girl’ in a string of successful films had earned her a fortune

She told BBC Breakfast:  ‘I got a lot of pushback from my own team actually, here in Hollywood, when I said OK, I’m going to do this year of health, I feel like I’m really gonna physically transform and change my life.

‘And they were like why? Why would you wanna do that? Because I was earning millions of dollars being the funny fat girl and being that person.’ 

Despite always being comfortable with her weight, Rebel admits food became a defense mechanism that helped her escape her emotions as she struggled to establish herself as an actress. 

Let's get physical: The Australian actress, 41, has lost more than 35kg (5.5 stone) after embarking on rigorous health and fitness journey in 2019

Let’s get physical: The Australian actress, 41, has lost more than 35kg (5.5 stone) after embarking on rigorous health and fitness journey in 2019

Pushing against the tide: But she admits the decision to change her lifestyle was met with opposition in some quarters after her previous body shape helped her win roles

Pictured: Rebel Wilson on Tuesday morning's edition of BBC Breakfast

Pushing against the tide: But she admits the decision to change her lifestyle was met with opposition in some quarters after her previous body shape helped her win roles

Popular: Rebel became a household name thanks to her recurring role in the Pitch Perfect film series (pictured in 2017 release Pitch Perfect 3)

Popular: Rebel became a household name thanks to her recurring role in the Pitch Perfect film series (pictured in 2017 release Pitch Perfect 3)

She explained: ‘I knew deep down inside that some of the emotional eating behavior’s I was doing was not healthy. Like I did not need a tub of ice cream every night. 

‘That was not, that was me kind of numbing emotions using food, which wasn’t the healthiest thing.’

She added: ‘I think it was dealing with not being a natural performer, and having to perform every day. And that pressure and internal stress to be able to perform like that.’

                    REBEL WILSON                                      A CAREER IN EARNINGS 

FILM 

Bridesmaids (2011) – $3000

Small Apartments (2011) – $5000

Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) – $25,000

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2012) – $35,000

Pitch Perfect (2012) – $65,000

Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) –  $2million (plus bonuses and royalties)

Pitch Perfect 3 (2017) – $2.8million

 

TV

Super Fun Night (2013-2014) – $2million

Impressive: The Bridesmaids star announced last November she had reached her goal weight of 75kg

Pictured: Rebel Wilson attends the Variety 1st Annual Power Of Comedy Event in Los Angeles, December 2010

Impressive: The Bridesmaids star announced last November she had reached her goal weight of 75kg

Candid: Despite always being comfortable with her weight, Rebel admits food became a defense mechanism that helped her escape her emotions

Candid: Despite always being comfortable with her weight, Rebel admits food became a defense mechanism that helped her escape her emotions

The Bridesmaids star announced last November she had reached her goal weight of 75kg.

According to People magazine, Rebel’s remarkable transformation is partially down to following the Mayr Method diet plan.

A source told the publication she got ‘amazing results’ by changing her eating habits while staying at an Austrian health and wellness retreat last year, and has continued to follow the plan.

‘It’s an approach that eliminates food intolerances, reduces sugar, encourages eating whole foods slowly, boosts the immune system and reduces inflammation,’ a source said.

‘She exercises with a personal trainer up to six times a week, goes on walks and is trying to up her protein intake nutritionally.’

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