Rebel Wilson says Pitch Perfect contract kept her from losing weight

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Even as a true movie star with a massive hit catalogue, Rebel Wilson is constantly compelled to talk about her weight and what prompted her weight loss in 2020. On a Wednesday Conversation with Call her daddy Host Alex Cooper, Wilson shared that although she wanted to lose weight sooner, it was required of her Pitch perfect Contract to “stay at the weight” she was when she was cast. The Australian actor said she had to “wait until Pitch perfect seemed like it was over” before taking any steps to change her appearance.

“I couldn’t lose a lot of weight because it was in the contract for this film. You can’t lose — I don’t think it’s more than 10 pounds or more than 10 pounds gain,” Wilson said, explaining that her contract put her in a cartoon: “I was stereotypical playing this fat, funny boyfriend , it’s so hard because I love those roles.” She continued, “I love playing the roles. i love these characters. But then I wanted to do more things. I felt like I was the bigger girl, you’re just more pigeonholed.”

Wilson has previously spoken of being forced into a stereotype at her team’s urging. She told People last year that she decided to lose weight and embark on a personal health and fitness journey in 2019 after seeing a fertility doctor — only to meet “a lot of resistance from my own team.”

“When I said, ‘OK, I’m going to do this health year, I’m really going to make a physical change and change my life,’ and they said, ‘Why? Why do you want to do that?’” Wilson told the magazine. She claims her team was perplexed by her decision “because I made millions of dollars as ‘that weird fat girl’.”

While Wilson has been open about her relationship with her body and how it’s changed over the years, she’s also been critical of the public’s obsession with her weight. “In 2019 I had four films out, two of which I [also] produced and one, Jojo Rabbit, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture,” said Wilson told The Daily Telegraph in 2021. But most of the coverage of her, she said, continues to focus on “when I’m doing nothing but losing weight.”

Of course, in Hollywood it’s pretty normal for an actor to have a certain weight for a role. Charlize Theron, for example, was necessary to win £50 for her role in the 2018 film Tully and spoke about the impact of this requirement on her mental health. But the cultural fixation on Wilson’s body and the role of her weight as an indelible mark on her early comedy career are relatively unique to the actress. Society’s obsession with celebrity weight and physique is pervasive, but few have been as scrutinized and pigeonholed as Wilson. Rebel Wilson says Pitch Perfect contract kept her from losing weight

Adam Bradshaw

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