Hollywood isn’t an easy place to be as an actress. And with Rebel Wilson’s recent interview with The Telegram, we’ve now learned that there are even more pressures that make it difficult to be successful by just being yourself and not changing.
When writing her first play Wilson admitted that she thought about ways to make herself funnier, comparing herself with the heavier actress in the play who was getting more publicity. Wilson said, “That girl’s getting a lot of laughs, a lot easier than me. What is it?’Because I don’t think there’s much difference in talent. And I remember distinctly thinking: ‘I think it’s because she’s fatter.”
And whether you think her theory is right or not, it’s a definite bummer that she felt that much body image pressure to have to think of other ways to make people realize her talent. She went on to say, “And then, I don’t know if it was mega-conscious, but I thought: ‘How can I get more laughs? Maybe if I was a bit fatter…’ And then suddenly I was fatter, and doing comedy.”
The bottom line is that Rebel should be able to do what she wants with her body–but depending on other people’s opinion to elevate your talent is providing women with a sense of false hope and will only lead to a constant chase for approval. We love you the way you are Rebel, which is however you prefer yourself–not society.