Rebel Wilson brings quirky comedy to film and TV

Actress, writer and comedienne Rebel Wilson poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Aug. 23, 2012. The 28-year-old Australian's scene-stealing turn in the 2011 hit "Bridesmaids" certainly got Hollywood's attention.

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Actress, writer and comedienne Rebel Wilson poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Aug. 23, 2012. The 28-year-old Australian's scene-stealing turn in the 2011 hit "Bridesmaids" certainly got Hollywood's attention.

— Get ready to notice Rebel Wilson.

She might already have caught your eye with her brief appearance in "Bridesmaids," playing the freeloading roommate who reads Annie's (Kristen Wiig) diary after mistaking it for "a very sad, handwritten book."

The 28-year-old Australian actress' scene-stealing turn in the 2011 hit certainly got Hollywood's attention.

"Basically, the week 'Bridesmaids' came out, I booked up for the rest of the year," Wilson said.

Among the gigs: Joining the A-list ensemble in "What to Expect When You're Expecting," voicing a hostile kangaroo in the animated "Ice Age: Continental Drift," working with Mark Wahlberg in Michael Bay's crime dramedy "Pain and Gain" and playing a silky-voiced (if aerobically challenged) competitive singer in the musical comedy "Pitch Perfect." She's also about to start taping a TV pilot with Conan O'Brien, "Super Fun Night," which she's set to star in and produce.

Rebel Wilson portraying Fat Amy, left, and Anna Camp portraying Aubrey in a scene from their film "Pitch Perfect."

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Rebel Wilson portraying Fat Amy, left, and Anna Camp portraying Aubrey in a scene from their film "Pitch Perfect."

Although Wilson is a fresh face for American audiences, she's no stranger to performing. A writer, actress and standup comic in her native Australia, she began on stage and appeared in more than a dozen TV shows before heading to Hollywood to break into movies. "Bridesmaids" was her first stateside job.

"I think I came to America at the right time," she said. "To have 'Bridesmaids' be the first thing I was cast in and to have that be just such a huge hit, even though I was just part of the ensemble in that — I have just been working nonstop. I'm a writer as well, so I've got lots of things in development and it's crazy. It's just been a nonstop whirlwind, and I can't wait for people to see all these movies."

Wilson's film jobs have taken her around the country: "Bachelorette" shot in New York, "What to Expect" filmed in Atlanta and "Pitch Perfect" done in Louisiana.

"I'm getting a whole tour of America, which I love," said the entertainer, whose given name is Rebel. (She has siblings named Liberty, Ryot and Annachi.)

Originally a law student, Wilson chose to pursue performing after having a malaria-induced dream in which she saw herself accepting an Academy Award.

Oscar, are you listening?

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