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Sunday 1 March 2015

Rebel Wilson: Fat is funny

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 11:  Actress Rebel Wilson, winner of Choice Movie Actress for "Pitch Perfect," attends the Teen Choice Awards 2013 at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 11, 2013 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson feels comfortable making jibes at her large figure.

The Australian actress insists she has the right to share her weight-related humour due to her own larger figure. After being slammed by Forbes magazine for the "fat women" jokes she used while hosting the MTV Movie Awards earlier this year, Rebel has argued all comedians criticise themselves in some way.

"As long as I look like this I'm going to make fat jokes," she told Hunger magazine. "All comedians have to use their physicality, so I use my size."

Rebel had her breakthrough role in 2011 comedy Bridesmaids playing the sister of British comedian Matt Lucas. Since then she has gone on to star in other comedies such as Pitch Perfect, in which her character was referred to as Fat Amy.

Despite receiving comments about her figure, the blonde star hopes her look will inspire bigger young women to feel comfortable in their own skin.

"Before, it was all glamorous types like Kate Hudson who served as, like, the female equivalent of a 'straight man'. Now it’s turning, and it’s really good," she smiled.

The 27-year-old actress has a new American sitcom called Super Fun Night being aired on TV soon. Rebel wanted her onscreen alter ego Kimmie to deliberately wear unflattering clothing as she knows it will hold more comedy value for viewers.

“In the pilot, I was deliberately wearing a very tight white dress with horrible crisscross black stripes that is way too short, and I’m holding a clutch purse that is so tiny that it accentuates my size,” she recently told “The women from wardrobe are lovely, but they don’t get that I want to dress as Kimmie, and Kimmie does not have the best taste. The girls in the show are at the bottom of the social pole, and it’s hard to communicate that to the network. It’s important they understand that comedy is not about looking good.”

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