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Rebel Wilson Explains How Malaria Helped Her Realize Her Acting Dream

Rebel Wilson Explains How Malaria Helped Her Realize Her Acting Dream

Rebel Wilson shows some attitude on the cover of Elle UK magazine’s May 2015 issue, out on newsstands on Thursday (April 2)!

Here’s what the 29-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On realizing she wanted to become an actress: “I was in Mozambique [on a] trip. I caught malaria and the medicines caused a hallucination. I dreamt I won an Oscar for acting. I know it sounds stupid, but it was so real and I just knew then it would happen. When I came back, everyone was like: ‘Rebel, you can’t be an actress because you’re so smart,’ but I was sure.”

On keeping fit: “You need to be physically strong for this job. I like to have the stamina to work 16 hours a day. I may eat a lot, but I am very healthy.”

On being a woman in Hollywood: “How I see it is, I do two types of job: dream jobs like female-driven comedies and the other job which is basically the boys’ club. I have done three big movies with men – these are talented, strong-minded males, but you have to find a way to work that system. You aren’t being paid much and you start at a disadvantage with the script. Usually, you don’t have any cool jokes and you’re there to support the male actor. Those male roles are 90% written and formed by the time the filming starts but the female roles are only 20% there. It’s unfair, but I love being funny so I improve the role, work with the limited parameters and opportunities and maximise them. If you are a woman in that situation you work harder, sharpen your skills more; you need to be two or three times as good as the guys. I just go in there and try and crush it.”

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Photos: Elle/Doug Inglish
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  • Steve

    i´m starting to love that woman she is not the typical mediocre, overrated and untalented actress who talks about Machismo and how hard is succeed in Hollywood everytime someone asks her about how is being a woman in Hollywood. First of all those mediocre actresses must be thankful there´s machismo in Hollywood if there is no machismo in Hollywood they wouldnt be hired, but rebel wilson doesnt complain she is willing to do her best

  • SmileMore

    I love her but I’m sorry you can’t be “very healthy” and weight that much.

  • Baseliner

    she’s lucky she’s white. a fat black, asian, native american actress would get no roles whatsoever.

  • FerCat

    She is beautiful. If only she were half as funny as Melissa McCarthy.

  • PlayNice

    I find Rebel to be hilarious. Whenever I see her in something I can’t help, but be like “YES!”