While she may be known as Pitch Perfect’sscene-stealing Fat Amy to many, Rebel Wilson has been taking the world by storm for years. Join us as we take a look back at the lifeof this hilarious Australian actress and how she’s transformed over the years. Born on March 2, 1980 in Sydney, Australia,Rebel Wilson grew up with three siblings in the loving care of her professional Beagle-breederparents. Wilson recalled in Marie Claire, “I was so unusually shy, bordering on a socialdisorder. So my mum, one day she drives me to this communityacting class. I was holding on to the car door and crying. She had to peel me off the car. She’s like, ‘I’ll pick you up in two hours,’and she left me.” As for where her comedic streak comes from,Wilson told Image, “My family reckons I’m like, not funny atall. They think they’re all funnier. And I’m like, ‘What professional comedy haveyou done?'” Wilson started to find her voice as a teenager,as she explained to Flare, “I went to an all-girls [Christian] high schooland we were very much encouraged to, like, go after the career that you want, and, goout into the world and pursue what you wanna do and live your dreams.” It was when Wilson attended the Universityof New South Wales as well as the Australian Theater for Young People that she would findher footing on the stage. But she didn’t set out to do comedy, as theactress told The New York Times, “I thought I was playing a serious [stage]role…I got visibly quite angry that people were laughing at me. And then people would laugh more…I thought,fat is funny, in a weird way…People find it easier to laugh at bigger girls. And I thought, that’s going to be my gameplan.” That game plan would become her lucky callingcard in Hollywood. Having already found success in Australia,Wilson moved to West Hollywood in 2010 at 30 years old, and the cards were stacked againsther in more ways than one. According to InStyle, Wilson said, “No one thought I would be a feature filmactress crushing it around the world, but I beat the odds and have achieved so much.” As it turned out, Wilson’s comedic style helpedher stand out in a sea of serious actors, as she told HungerTV, “I think I’m one of the first comedy actorsfrom Australia, to come bring my own style here. So that’s a bit different.” In fact, it was Wilson’s differences thathelped land her the Hollywood roles that she’s now famous for. She shared with Cosmopolitan in 2015, “Being unique and different was a really goodthing…When I walked into my agent’s office for the first time, they looked at me andsaid, ‘Wow, we have nobody on our books like you.’ And they signed me on my second day [in theU.S.].” The star joined the William Morris Endeavoragency in 2010, and it wasn’t long before the 30-year-old Australian transplant scoredher breakout role as Kristen Wiig’s roommate Brynn in the 2011 comedy Bridesmaids. “You just moved into a new house…” “Here is Los Angeles.” “With your Bridesmaids co-star, Matt Lucas.” Wilson made some changes when she moved toLos Angeles, but she was still the same girl at heart. In 2015, Wilson told Cosmopolitan, “Living in L.A. you learn a lot about health. I now drink green juices and I’m trying todo gluten-free…I love me some ice cream or dessert, and it comes at times when I’mhappy or sad. So when I have an incredibly successful day,I want to celebrate and reward myself with food.” As for speculation about her weight, Wilsonkeeps a healthy attitude about it, especially as her career has gone from strength to strength. She told DailyLife in 2015, “The odds of an Australian girl making itin Hollywood is, like, one in 25 million…I’m lucky…But I also think I worked hard. I deserve it.” Rebel Wilson shared with People in October2015, “I’m currently like a size 18, sometimes a16 depending on how good I’ve been, so I’m kind of just a bit too big for most regularclothing.” In November 2015, Wilson launched a collaborationwith plus-size brand Torrid, bringing fans a taste of her signature style. Initially unsure of her prospects as a fashiondesigner, Wilson told E! News, “I didn’t think I’d be able to design clothes. I thought, ‘That’s not in my repertoire.'” Despite any initial nerves, as for why itwas important to design her own line, Wilson told InStyle, “I want people to be a rebel in their ownlives. I’ve always been a non-conformist. That’s actually what my high school principalwrote in my final school report. I never just accepted things as they were,especially if they were unfair. I want this energy to rub off on other peopleand encourage girls and women out there to go out and crush it in their lives.” Despite being extremely famous, Wilson isstill the same woman underneath that lifestyle upgrade, as she told Cosmopolitan, “Even though, yes, now I am in movies or whatever,I am still that [dorky] girl. People think you’re really confident becauseyou’re an actress or whatever, but I’m like the worst.” The actress also reminisced about having beenworking at an Australian movie theater when her first movie, Fat Pizza, opened in 2003,when she was 23 years old. She told Seth Meyers, “When people were leaving the cinema, I’dbe there holding the trash bag…And they’d be like ‘Hey, like, weren’t you in that movie?,’and I’d be like, ‘Yeah.’…A week later, I had to quit.” But while Wilson may be a mega movie starnow, she hasn’t forgotten her roots. The comedian finances scholarships for theAustralian Theater for Young People that gave her that initial start. Having earlier been awarded a Nicole Kidman-fundedscholarship to Chicago’s Second City, Wilson’s making the most out of paying it forward. As a successful star who’s made a career outof her figure, Rebel Wilson’s got a strict policy when it comes to taking her clothesoff on-screen. Wilson opened up to Marie Claire U.K. aboutfilming The Brothers Grimsby and said, “They wanted full-frontal…We write in thecontract, specifically…I’m like, I’m not doing it. I don’t care what you say…You want to knowthat the people [behind the camera] have a certain sensibility and decency. And a lot of times in comedy they’re not thosepeople.” While she admits to having gained weight toland funnier roles, Wilson’s real genius lies in her sense of humor. Discussing the pressures of Hollywood, shetold Marie Claire, “I’ve always tried to use my brain to getplaces.” And judging by her impressive resume, Wilson’splan is working pretty well. The native Aussie revealed just what she doesto prepare for an American role, as she told Conan, “I want, like, a real, genuine American accent,so I watch shows like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I’ve been watching a lot of Honey BooBoo. I do, actually, watch them, and just likerepeat them when they talk.” Meanwhile, the actress revealed the otherways she prepares for a role as she told Cosmopolitan, “I’m trying to get physically fit so I’llhave the stamina. I got a personal trainer. I’m not doing it to look great or whateverbut to have the energy to do all that work. People wouldn’t think it looking at me, butI can exercise!” Although she may rock more curves than mostof Hollywood’s A-list, she’s all about keeping her body in good condition. She told Elle UK, “You need to be physically strong for thisjob. I like to have the stamina to work 16 hoursa day. I may eat a lot, but I am very healthy.” Wilson even did all her own aerial stuntsfor Pitch Perfect 2, overcoming her acrophobia. In an article in the Los Angeles Times, shesaid, “I stretched every day to be able to do [thestunts]. I’m afraid of heights, so…I told them, ‘I’lldo it three times. I’ll crush it, so turn all your cameras on.’ And I nailed it.” Rebel Wilson took some heat for passing upthe opportunity to present a 2015 MTV VMA award with Kendall and Kylie Jenner. She told Australian radio hosts Kyle and JackieO in 2018, “I got asked to present with Kendall and Kylieat the recent VMAs and said ‘no.’ It’s not that you hate any of them individually,but it’s just that everything they stand for is against everything I stand for. And they’re not famous for talent. I worked really hard to get where I’ve gottento.” It’s also worth noting the fact that Wilsonholds a law degree, and used those skills early in her career to negotiate performancecontracts. “I also have a law degree as well guys.” Plus, Wilson has won multiple honors includingseveral MTV Movie Awards and Glamour’s International Woman of the Year, so it’s perhaps no wondershe put up a fight. When it comes to romance, Rebel Wilson seemsto be content whether she’s in a relationship or not. She told Flare in 2016, “Interestingly enough, I caught up with someof my girlfriends from high school when I was back in Australia…and a lot of themweren’t very happy with their situations and were envious of mine. I’m definitely not lonely in any way. I love being by myself.” “Now it’s time for a guided meditation, forall those lost daters out there.” While she’ll happily vacation solo at herevery whim, Wilson did muse about some of the downsides to being single, as she toldFlare, “I don’t think I’ll be getting anything thisValentine’s Day. But there was a line in this movie The Diaryof a Teenage Girl where the main character goes, ‘I wonder if anybody loves me who Idon’t know about,’ and I was like, ‘That’s interesting: you never know.’ On Valentine’s Day, you could get sent something.” Wilson knows only too well that Hollywoodis often a boys’ club. However, the comedian is making the most ofher movie success, and told Flare in 2016, “I feel really lucky to be a woman in Hollywooddoing comedy right now…Now that more writers are getting a chance to create these scripts,it’s just more edgy. Girls [are often] relegated to just beingthe love interest in a guys’ movie…which is a waste.” For years before hitting our screens, thebombshell gleaned inspiration from legendary comediennes, and told Marie Claire, “As a teenager I’d put [Absolutely Fabulous]on instead of working. Jennifer Saunders was the first woman I eversaw on TV who wrote and performed her own material.” Saunders has since played Wilson’s motherin Isn’t It Romantic, which had to be a dream come true for the actress. And while Wilson is currently pulling a Saundersand creating her own projects, she admits that being a woman in a male-dominated industryis still an uphill battle. Wilson explained to Elle, “How I see it is, I do two types of job: dreamjobs like female-driven comedies and the other job, which is basically the boys’ club. I have done three big movies with men, theseare talented, strong-minded males, but you have to find a way to work that system. You aren’t being paid much and you start ata disadvantage with the script. Usually, you don’t have any cool jokes andyou’re there to support the male actor.” Before Pitch Perfect 3 was released in 2017,Rebel Wilson was already excited about creating even more female-driven projects. And the powerhouse has even started to considermoving away from comedy, and taking on some dramatic roles, as she told Glamour, “I’ve started to get offers for more seriousroles and when I trained as an actor you don’t just train in comedy, of course. Someone who I really admire is Robin Williams,who is such a genius comedian but when he did dramatic roles they were such good dramaticturns, so yes, I’m sure there’s something around the corner.” Whatever acting projects the star takes onin the future, they’re sure to have Wilson’s signature stamp all over them. Before Rebel Wilson was a big-time Hollywoodceleb, she never worried too much about what she wore. Part of that was due to the fact that shedidn’t really have to, given the work that she was doing. She confessed in an interview with InStyle, “I never got anywhere because of my looks. I got places because I had a good brain anda good imagination. Only since moving to the States was I like,’People pay attention to what I wear. I should try to class it up a little bit.'” Wilson also comes from a family that neverspent too much time building their wardrobes or focusing on beauty, which rubbed off onher as well, as she explained to InStyle, “I didn’t even get my nails done until I was25. It took my best friend Nick looking at myfeet one day and going, ‘You should maybe do something about your nails,’ for me torealize that I should go to a nail salon. Now I’m obsessed with going.” When the German company Bauer Media publishedan article in Woman’s Day that accused Rebel Wilson of lying about her name, childhood,and age, the actress decided to fight back. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wilsonsued the media company for defamation in 2017, saying that their articles had done damageto her reputation and had caused her to miss out on lucrative roles. She won the lawsuit and was awarded $3.6 millionin damages. However, on appeal, her payout was reducedto $436,000, as the ruling said there was insufficient evidence that she lost out onmajor roles because of the information in the articles. At the end of it all, Wilson’s takeaway waspositive, as her point had been made, and she explained, “I have been determined to stand up to a bullyand I am proud of myself for doing so.” The year 2019 was pretty magical for RebelWilson, as she starred in the romantic comedy Isn’t It Romantic, along with Liam Hemsworthand Adam Devine. Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Wilsonproclaimed, “I’m kind of proud to be the first-ever plus-sizedgirl to be the star of a romantic comedy.” And while she misspoke, as both Queen Latifahand Mo’Nique have helmed rom-com films in the past, there’s certainly a dearth of rolesfor plus-size women in romantic comedies, so it’s still something to celebrate. “I mean, I still haven’t found love so I tryto get out there.” In addition to starring in Isn’t It Romantic,Wilson also claimed her first-ever producer credit, as she was one of the film’s executiveproducers. She revealed in an interview with The HollywoodReporter, “I’ve kind of got the bug for it now.” Clearly she does, as she went on to producethe next film that she starred in, The Hustle. If there’s one thing about Rebel Wilson thathasn’t changed over the years, in spite of her extraordinary success, it’s her work ethic. On top of her acting career and producingventures, she’s also released a line of clothing and shoes, and she has the drive to keep doingmore. Wilson explained in an interview with InStyle, “I think it comes from not having much asa child and seeing other people have stuff and just wanting to be financially secure. I always wanted to make something of myself. And, weirdly, I always believed I would berich and successful even as a very young child, and I would say that to people. If you manifest [what you want], I reallydo think it comes true.” Even though Wilson wasn’t born with a silverspoon in her mouth, she always knew that she’d be a Hollywood success story one day. As the actress told InStyle, “It’s not so much about having money. I like doing good, charitable things. But it is also nice when you don’t have much.” While Rebel Wilson’s work ethic has remainedsolid over the years, one thing that has evolved is her confidence, which seems to have growna lot. Much of that is due to the fact that Wilsonhas continually nurtured her creativity, which helped her to find her voice. As the performer shared with InStyle, “You can get a lot of confidence through creativearts, and that’s definitely why I was forced into it in the first place. It was a way of expression, not because Iwanted to be famous or wanted to be somebody else.” But, of course, getting famous certainly hasits perks, something Wilson celebrated when she was cast in the 2019 film Cats. She gushed to InStyle, “Also, in high school musicals I was nevercast as the lead, and then last week, when I was on set for Cats, I was like, ‘I’m inmotherf—ing Cats! I’m singing for Andrew Lloyd Webber!'” Over the years, Rebel Wilson has been a fierceadvocate for body positivity, especially for plus-size women. She knows she’s a role model, which is somethingshe takes very seriously. The actress told the Associated Press, “There’s a lot of pressure on women, especiallyyounger women, to conform to the thin body image. Not everyone can be that way and no one shouldbe ashamed of how they look or suffer bullying and other forms of abuse because of theirsize and shape. I’m a very unique case in Hollywood becausethere are very few women who look like me and are working a lot in movies.” As well as supporting plus-sized women allover the world, Wilson advocates keeping health, and she announced on Instagram, “Okay so for me 2020 is going to be called’The Year of Health’, so I put on the athleisure and went out for a walk, deliberately hydratingon the couch right now and trying to avoid the sugar and junk food which is going tobe hard after the holidays I’ve just had but I’m going to do it! Who’s with me in making some positive changesthis year?” It seems as though only good things are aheadfor.