Rebel Wilson Shared That Not Everyone Was In Favor of Her 'Year of Health'

Her management tried to convince her that weight loss would be a poor career choice, Wilson revealed in a recent interview.

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Rebel Wilson declared 2020 her "Year of Health," with a goal of improving her overall wellness by adjusting her habits. She's since shared that she's "proud of [herself]" for following through on that decision, but not everyone supported the idea — at least not from the outset. The Australian actress revealed that her professional team questioned her plans when she told them she was going to embark on the Year of Health.

If you're just catching up, throughout 2020 Wilson took to Instagram to document the workouts she was trying out in pursuit of her yearlong goal. The starlet revealed that the goal was motivated by her fertility journey while dealing with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and that she wanted to increase her odds of having "good quality eggs in the bank," after freezing her eggs.

Now, Wilson has detailed some of the initial reactions to her plan in an interview on BBC Breakfast which aired yesterday. "I got a lot of pushback from my own team, actually, here in Hollywood, when I said, 'okay, I'm going to do this Year of Health," she says in the interview. "I feel like I'm really going to physically transform and change my life.' And they were like, 'Why? Why would you want to do that?' Because I was earning millions of dollars being the funny fat girl and being that person." (

Of course, Wilson's marketability shouldn't hinge on her size or weight, and her team's protests reflect more on outdating typecasting than on her comedic ability. In retrospect, Wilson believes that her appearance did end up affecting which roles she received post-Year of Health — but not in that it led to a lack of opportunities. "What it has done career-wise is open up this whole other door of dramatic roles," she tells BBC. "So now I've got this great movie I just shot in the north of England called The Almond and the Sea Horse based on a western play, and would I have been given that role if I was big? I don't know." (

She goes on to note the irony behind the number of headlines revolving around her weight loss following her Year of Health. "In 2019 I had like four pretty successful movies coming out and done all this successful stuff career-wise," she says. "But then in the next year all I did was just lose 80 pounds and the attention that gets is way more than being in an academy-nominated film and producing my first movie and doing other stuff."

In sharing her journey publicly, the Pitch Perfect star wasn't hoping to glorify weight loss or fit certain roles, but to inspire people to go after any health-inspired changes they want to make. "What I'm trying to do is say you can be whatever size you want," she says in the BBC interview. "Just try to be the healthiest version of you, and that can look different for different people."

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