For her FIRST US COVER, Rebel Wilson is gracing InStyle’s May issue!
Rebel celebrated her 39th birthday in a truly glamorous way: by shooting with InStyle in Paris. Inspired by over-the-top perfume ads from the ’70s and ’80s, she fronted our equally elaborate fragrance campaign for a fantasy scent dubbed Rebelle. Watch Rebel in her greatest role yet, fragrance model. #Rebelle, available exclusively on InStyle.com.
Here, she sits down with Editor in chief, Laura Brown, to talk about what’s next (politics?), her law degree, dating and more.
- LB: Do you feel like you have a healthier attitude toward your appearance now?
RW: Actually, when you get paparazzi’d and stuff, it does make you think about it. When Pitch Perfect came out, I became internationally famous, and people were hanging outside my house to take my photo. You have to think about it a bit more than a normal person. But I’m a pretty low-maintenance chick. Through working with my stylist, Elizabeth Stewart, I’ve learned all these little tips and tricks—and they really work. Then you feel more comfort- able when you have to dress up. I remember I didn’t even go to a friend’s wedding in my 20s because I didn’t know where to buy a dress in my size. Now it is the opposite. Now I have a wardrobe full of custom Givenchy.
- LB: You’ve done so much in a relatively short time.
RW: If you look at the odds of someone from Australia making it, they’re pretty small. When I look at all the things I’ve done in my career … I feel like I’ve got so much farther to go. But I am really proud, and, you know, I didn’t have to sleep my way to the top. [laughs]
- LB: What’s it like dating and such?
RW: People get very intimidated, which is weird, the idea that I would be intimidating to anyone. But it happens all the time, to the point that someone I really liked was so intimidated and got a lot of anxiety and couldn’t have a relationship with me because I’m in the public eye. They didn’t want that, so that kind of sucked. If someone thinks they’re on a date with Fat Amy, that’s not going to happen. Sorry, I can be almost as much fun, but I’m not like that
in real life.
- LB: Whose career do you admire?
RW: I like Donna Langley, who runs Universal Studios. I think that’s awesome. Also, I have this weird feeling that I might go into politics in Australia.
- LB: So what would your political platform be?
RW: I want to help people, and part of my case [in Australia] was standing up to a big, bullying media organization. When I see other people needing to
stand up for themselves, I like to inspire them or help them with the legal knowledge I have. And, God, as a woman, you need to stand up for yourself in so many ways. It’s important, and I think some people do find inspiration from me and my life. My mother was a public-school teacher. I have a sister who is a nurse, and I’m real big into military—I shouldn’t say just military dudes. [laughs] I’m into good education for people. Through the School [of St Jude] in Tanzania, I have been helping to lift kids out of poverty through education. The health-care system is really important. Those are the political platforms I naturally would have because of my background, so I do think when I am done with Hollywood, that’s what will happen.
- LB: You could go Schwarzenegger. Except do it in Australia.
RW: Yeah, but I feel like I’m more qualified. I have the top law degree from the University of New South Wales.
The issue hits newsstands on April 19th. Photography by Robbie Fimmano. See the full online article here.