Rebel Wilson wins award for first dramatic role since transformation
Rebel Wilson is known for her comedic roles, however, after undergoing her Year of Health and 35kg transformation in 2020, she did so with the idea to revamp her career at the same time.
Last year, the 42-year-old shot her first-ever dramatic role, a UK indie movie called The Almond and the Seahorse, which is based on a play.
According to IMDb, The Almond and the Seahorse follows "an archaeologist and an architect fight to re-imagine a future after traumatic brain injury leaves them adrift from the people they love".
In the film, Rebel plays Sarah, who worries her husband Joe (Celyn Jones) will forget their shared past after he suffers a brain injury. Toni (Charlotte Gainsbourg) is in a similar position with her partner Gwen (Trine Dyrholm). Together, the women, along with a doctor who is convinced their loved ones can recover, fight for their futures.
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Now, the film has won its first award after playing at the Dinard British Film Festival and taking home the Special Jury Prize.
Taking to her Instagram Stories, she shared a photo of the film, writing, "Winner, winner, chicken dinner!"
She also thanked the Dinard British Film Festival for the award.
Rebel has previously shared that not everyone on her team wanted her to make a change and undergo her body transformation, as they feared she wouldn't get any roles in Hollywood anymore.
"Industry-wise, there were a lot of people who wanted me to stay as Fat Amy," she told her Instagram followers. "And at the end of the day it is my life and my body and Hollywood had in a way typecast me but I didn't want to stay like that."
"It makes me sad sometimes that I didn't value myself enough before all of this to get healthy."
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rebel shared that she thinks she wouldn't have landed her role in The Almond and the Seahorse if she hadn't lost the weight.
When asked if she thought she was getting more varied career options, she said, "Yeah. I found that with the British drama The Almond and the Seahorse – I’m not sure I would have been cast in that when I was a bigger girl because they kind of stereotype you a bit more when you’re bigger."
She continued, "But when I started as an actress I really wanted to be the next Dame Judi Dench and do really serious stuff. And so now I’m returning to that a bit, which is great, but still doing comedies that I love. But yeah, it has definitely diversified my stocks."
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