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5 things to know about Rebel Wilson

March 28, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

You might not recognize Rebel Wilson by name, but here's a clue: Mexican drinking worm. That's right, the Aussie comic who recently sold her comedy pilot "Super Fun Night" to CBS also played the even-more-clueless British sister of Kristen Wiig's clueless British roommate in "Bridesmaids." Here are five things you should know about Rebel before she gets too hot to handle. | @redeyedana

1 -- Yes, that's her real first name

She also has three younger siblings: Liberty, Ryot and Annachi (pronounced Anarchy). Her parents were professional dog-showers, which may explain a few things. On top of all that, Liberty and Ryot were contestants on the first season of Australia's "The Amazing Race."

2 -- She used to be really into ... math

In fact, Rebel went to the University of New South Wales for arts and law. What changed her mind? A bout with malaria, during which time she hallucinated herself as "a really good actress who also won an Oscar," she told Variety. We swear we could not make this up.

3 -- Comedy's definitely her thing

Her IMDB page lists no fewer than seven (seven!) projects slated for release in 2012, including "Super Fun Night," produced by Conan O'Brien, and "What To Expect When You're Expecting," which looks like "New Year's Eve" for knocked-up ladies. So, in a word, terrible, but she must've made a ton of great contacts.

4 -- But she's ready to show off her action side

Rebel will be in great company alongside heavy-hitters Mark Wahlberg, Ed Harris, Tony Shalhoub and, err, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in Michael Bay's first non-"Transformers" movie since 2005. "Pain and Gain," a true crime drama, will feature Rebel as a schemer who ends up in prison. At least she has tattoo experience.

5 -- She's already a international spokeswoman

Her blog entries for Jenny Craig Australia detail her struggles with weight loss and hotel mini-fridges. She'd lost about 10 kilograms as of her last post, which we in the Americas know as about 22 pounds.

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