Interview with Rebel Wilson
James Gilmore interviews Pitch Perfect 2's Rebel Wilson
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It’s been three years since the Bellas brought their signature vocals, style and attitude to become the first all-female group to win a national title. But when they get banned after a scandal that threatens to derail their last year at Barden, the three-time defending champs worry that this time they’ve lost their harmony for good.
With just one chance left at redeeming their legacy, the Bellas must fight for their right to win the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen. And as they struggle to balance the pressures of musical domination with their Senior year in High School, it will take the power of sisterhood to find their voice and see what it takes to be the world’s top pitches.
Leading up to the premiere of Pitch Perfect 2, James Gilmore sat down with Rebel Wilson to talk about the release.
James Gilmore: When was it that you first realised you could make people laugh?
Rebel Wilson: As a child I wasn’t like “Aahh I’m hilarious”. I was quite shy as a kid but when I really got to know people well and really let my guard down I would say funny stuff. When I first started acting I really thought I was going to be the next Dame Judy Dench – very serious, do Shakespeare and very important Academy Award… films? I realised in my very first stage play that I got cast in, people just love to laugh at me. So I thought I should do comedy! I got a scholarship from Nicole Kidman (the ambassador of the theatre school) to specialise in comedy and I’m so glad that I did that. It’s so fun to make people laugh.
James Gilmore: Do you think you would ever attempt a more serious role?
Rebel Wilson: Yeah I would! I have trained in serious acting and it would be really cool to show people the other side. But, for now, being in comedy it’s really fun.
James Gilmore: I’ve heard that the rehearsal process of Pitch Perfect is quite intense. Do you enjoy it?
Rebel Wilson: We have great choreographers, AJ and Binky. They’ve worked with Justin Bieber and Usher and have done so many cool music videos. Sometimes we feel like we’re not worthy because they’re so skilled. We dance but we’re not ridiculously good and sometimes they give us remedial classes in how to move. We have great singing trainers, Ed and Deak are like the Godfathers of singing – they teach us all the music. The boot camp lasts for 4 weeks where we learn all the routines for the movie and that’s always the funnest time because we’re just singing and dancing all day.
James Gilmore: Fat Amy has a love story in Pitch Perfect 2. How did that storyline come about because it is slightly hinted at in the first film.
Rebel Wilson: Fat Amy was never having any rendezvous with Bumper in the first script. Adam [DeVine] and I improvised that stuff and then, in the second movie, I was so glad that Elizabeth [Banks] and our screenwriter Kay Cannon thought that my character should have the love storyline. It was really cool and so much fun to film with Adam DeVine because we have such a similar background in comedy (both being stand-ups and doing improve and sketch comedy) so we just go for it on set! And there’s so much that doesn’t make it into the movie that will hopefully be in the DVD.
James Gilmore: You lived with Matt Lucas [Little Britain] for a time. Who else are your British comedy heroes?
Rebel Wilson: Well, of course Matt. When I saw Vicky Pollard I thought “that guy is hilarious”! Jennifer Saunders is really the first woman that I saw who wrote and performs her own comedy and the first woman I saw on screen who I just thought was absolutely hilarious. I got to meet her recently in London and I cried when I met her! And I accidentally kissed her on the lips… I just hope she doesn’t remember that bit! She is amazing. There’s so many comedy legends that I’ve got to work with recently like Sasha Baron Cohen and Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller. There’s so many people to look up to.
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