Rebel Wilson has opened up about her 'devastating' journey to becoming a mum after welcoming her baby girl Royce last week via a surrogate.
The actress, 42, shared how she felt very connected to her character in her new dramatic film The Almond and the Seahorse due to their similar fertility journeys. Speaking with People, Rebel shared that her character Sarah is a woman trying to help her husband recover after he suffers a traumatic brain injury, but she also "really wants a baby and struggles with the decision to stay with her husband" because "her desire to become a mother is so strong". This was something that really resonated with the star, who was in the middle of her own fertility journey at the time.
Rebel recalls how she received "terrible news" while shooting the film, sharing, "During the filming I received some terrible news that all my harvested eggs up until that point had not survived being thawed."
"So I'd lost a huge amount of weight and been through 3 surgeries at that point and no viable embryos," the actress adds. "It was devastating." She added that her desire to become a mother was so strong, she knew she couldn't give up, but the feelings of "loss, feelings of hope" played into her performance as Sarah in the film.
"It was a very emotional time," Rebel added.
When Rebel announced the arrival of her daughter, she made special mention of her surrogate for helping make her dream come true.
Her announcement read: "Beyond proud to announce the birth of my first child, Royce Lillian, born this past week via surrogate. I can’t even describe the love I have for her, she’s a beautiful miracle! I am forever grateful to everyone who has been involved, (you know who you are), this has been years in the making…but particularly wanted to thank my gorgeous surrogate who carried her and birthed her with such grace and care. Thank you for helping me start my own family, it’s an amazing gift. The BEST gift!!
"I am ready to give little Roycie all the love imaginable. I am learning quickly…much respect to all the Mums out there! Proud to be in your club."
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