The surprising reason Rebel Wilson became an actor

There are many reasons why people start a career in show business, but Rebel Wilson’s journey was very special. Did you know that a serious illness launched the career of the Australian actress?

How a serious health scare led Wilson to act

In an episode of the podcast Australians in Hollywood, Wilson shared that she contracted a severe strain of malaria after visiting Mozambique on a charity trip when she was 19. Wilson explained that the reason she fell ill was because she chose not to take any malaria prophylaxis. “[I had heard] they can cause mental issues, so I ended up being the stupid person who got it,” the actress laughed.

While recovering in the hospital, Wilson says she hallucinated and saw a vision that would change her life. “I’m just laying there in the hospital, I can’t really hear, I can’t really watch TV and I was just hallucinating on drugs that I was an actress,” the actress said.

“[In the hallucination] I was doing an acceptance speech and gave an acceptance rap, which sounds so dumb now,” Wilson explained. “When people have some sort of near-death experience, they can go through some things that really change the course of their lives.”

Too good to be true?

Some thought the story was too good to be true, and Wilson was accused of being a serial liar by Australian magazine women’s day. The magazine claimed she lied about her background, education and age. Wilson admitted she lied about her age, but sued the magazine for defamation and special damages. The actress ended up winning $4.5 million in damages.

Wilson’s comedy career

Whether the story is true or not, the Australian actress has proven her talent. Wilson made his screen debut in 2003 in an Australian comedy series, Pizza, and from there, his career took off. The actress shot to fame after starring in Bridesmaids and Perfectand she is now one of the most in-demand comedic actresses working today.

In addition to comedy, Wilson dabbled in dramatic roles, such as the TV show The Nortonsand musicals, such as Cats. However, comedies are still where Wilson shines, and she’s appeared in hits like how to be single, Isn’t that romantic?and The bustle.

So when can we expect to see Wilson on our screens? The actress has some pretty interesting projects in the works, including comedy Secondary year and a drama The almond and the seahorse. It looks like Wilson’s malaria-induced hallucination has finally come true!

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