God, I love Rebel Wilson. I think it’s an interesting/smart career choice for her to try an American network comedy show – coming this fall, she’s the star of ABC’s Super Fun Night, which has her playing a lawyer (!!) with a terrible personal life. Whenever she tries to go out and have fun, disaster ensues. It looks like a cute show, and it will be interesting to see how audiences react. I suspect that even if the show isn’t that great, Rebel will get critical support and the show will find an audience. Or I could be totally wrong and the show will bomb. We’ll see. Anyway, Rebel is featured in the new issue of Cosmo (the one with Nina Dobrev on the cover), and she’s hilarious as always. She even finds time to shade Reese Witherspoon!
Lots of embarrassing things happen to your character on the show. Are any of them inspired by real-life events?
“Oh my god, yeah. I’ll often use my real stuff in my writing because it comes across as more authentic. There’s a scene where my dress rips, and something like that happened when I first came to America. I got set up on a lunch with Jason Segel. He was the first Hollywood person that I got to have lunch with and chat about life with or whatever . So I thought, I’ll try to look my best, and I wore my best leather jacket. When I sat down, a sharp edge on the chair snagged my jacket, and it just ripped. I was devastated but trying to hide it because I didn’t want to ruin the lunch. I’m always ripping clothing. It’s so embarrassing.”
She’s the Friend Zone girl: “I’m more of the girl who’s always in the friend zone, and I try to help if my other friend wants to get with someone. I can be a bit cheeky and say stuff that embarrasses my friends, but I’m normally the girl who guys like to be friends with, so I become friendly with the guy and then go, “Oh, this is my other friend.””
When you’re with friends at a bar or a party, how do you approach guys you like?
“My character on the show and her friends are kind of dorky and socially awkward. And even though, yea, now I am in movies or whatever, I am still that girl. People think you’re really confident because you’re an actress or whatever, but I’m like the worst. Although the good thing about being recognizable is that people approach me, which is good. Also, I watch that show Millionaire Matchmaker, and they say the girl should never approach the guys.”
Activities that are not fun:
“Trying on bikinis at a shopping mall… Entering novice fight tournaments (if you get punched in the face, you’ll instantly see why this is not fun.)… Eating at an unlicensed food truck. As a rule, carefully vet all street-meat options ahead of time….Going out to any place you think you won’t get in. Exclusivity and/or over-crowding is not Super Fun. You don’t want to go there anyway. Stuff them!”
Things to wear on a super fun night:
“Sportswear. If there’s a sudden need for a burst of cardio (e.g. running away from someone you really want to avoid), at least you’ll be ready….Underwear. Just wear it. Always… Draw attention to your best assets. Don’t be afraid to use a strategically placed LED light to point the way….A high ponytail. It looks banging. It keeps you from overheating, and it looks mad cool in head-swinging dance moves.”
Rebel: “In the pilot, my character gets invited to drinks, but she can’t get into the club—that happened to me recently at Skybar. Anna Kendrick was having her birthday party there, and it was a fancy place. So I get there with Hana Mae Lee from Pitch Perfect, and I’ve got a birthday gift so I’m clearly going to the party, and this big huge bouncer wouldn’t even look us in the face. We were like, ‘Hi’…and then two models came and he let them in.”
Cosmo: Did you pull the “Do you know who I am” card?
Rebel: “I didn’t pull the Reese Witherspoon [laughs]. He had a list, and I said, ‘Excuse me, we’re on the list. We’re here for Anna Kendrick’s birthday party.’ And then, eventually, he’s like ‘Okay, what’s your name?’”
You can read much more from Rebel’s amazing interview here – she’s a really great interview. Especially for a comedian. I mean that many comedians are incredibly serious people in real life, but I get the feeling that Rebel in real life is a lot like Rebel on stage or in character – she’s cheesy and funny and she has a wonderful sharp wit. I LOVE HER.
Cosmo photo courtesy of Gillian Laub/Cosmopolitan, additional photos courtesy of WENN.