Rebel Wilson Reveals She Almost Didn't Star in 'Bridesmaids'


| LAST UPDATE 04/01/2021

By Molly Houghton
Rebel Wilson Bridesmaids Secrets
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We can't imagine a world where Rebel Wilson isn't in the comedy hit Bridesmaids, but apparently, that's almost what happened! The actress revealed some behind-the-scenes secrets from the 2011 film. Here are all of the details.

Rebel Wilson Bridesmaids Secrets
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Wilson's career took off after her hilarious role as Brynn, Kristen Wiig's roommate, in Bridesmaids. But the funny gal revealed that wasn't originally in the script! "My character wasn't supposed to exist in the movie. I'd auditioned for Melissa McCarthy's character and was the second choice for that role," Rebel, who is currently the host on Pooch Perfect, shared on SiriusXM's The Jess Cagle Show.

She continued, "I guess they liked my audition and added me into the film, essentially, so there was never supposed to be two roommates, only one. So I just kind of added myself in a way to the scenes." Rebel's hilarious role wasn't the only thing that the Bridesmaids crew decided to switch up at the last minute. Brynn's ridiculously-infected tattoo was initially supposed to be a "hip-hop Garfield."

"On the day [of filming], they go, 'We cannot get the rights to hip-hop Garfield,'" the actress revealed. "And I'd worked out all these jokes to do about it, and then we had to go with the Mexican drinking worm." Wilson also gave some insight into her hygiene habits - or lack of - during filming.

Rebel Wilson Bridesmaids Role
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"I only filmed Bridesmaids for one week, and for the whole week, I had to wrap myself in cling wrap around the torso area so that I could have that tattoo in case I wanted to refer to it," Rebel explained. "We only used it on the first day, but just in case. So I didn't really shower properly that whole week of Bridesmaids."

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The Australian-born star recently appeared on The Kelly Clarkson Show. She and the former American Idol contestant played a game of "Guess Which News Headlines Are Australian or Texan." Clarkson and Wilson competed in the hysterical game by guessing whether headlines like "Man Sues After Cashier Allegedly Wacked Him With a Cucumber" came from Australia or Texas. Watch the funny competition for yourself in the clip above.