Rebel Wilson doesn’t care much about her looks or the way others see her.
The comedian and star of the new show Super Fun Night has taken some heat from critics for her size, which does not fit the typical Hollywood mold.
But though she may face a backlash for her larger size, Rebel Wilson said she doesn’t give a second thought to it.
“I don’t think I’m very vain,” the actress told Extra. “Even though I’m on a TV show, I don’t really care what I look like that much. And I think that women out there should just be happy with how they look and they shouldn’t really try to conform to any stereotype. Just be happy and hopefully healthy.”
Wilson admitted that there are pressures in show business to be thinner, and that other actresses worry about how they will appear on-screen. She said looks aren’t an issue for her — but being healthy is still important.
“But you know, what you do need is stamina,” she said. “I don’t ever want to be too unhealthy because writing in a show, starring and producing, you need a lot of energy.”
This level of comfort has come through in her humor. Rebel Wilson told Hunger Magazine in a September interview that she’s not afraid to use her size for a punchline.
“As long as I look like this, I’m going to make fat jokes,” she said. “All comedians have to use their physicality, so I use my size.”
That approach hasn’t always rubbed critics the right way. Several television reviewers said Super Fun Night is a little too reliant on fat jokes.
“Still, while the star’s skill is beyond question, the show may want to limit how often it asks us to laugh at what are, essentially, fat jokes, even when the overweight person is in control of the joke. There are only so many times you can use Kimmie being disrobed in public as a subject of humor without it crossing from comic to cruel,” says USA Today.
But critics have done little to slow Rebel Wilson in her career. Aside from her show and string of successful movies, Rebel has several projects in the works, including Pitch Perfect 2.