Rebel Wilson announces a scholarship program for female comedy writers

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Giving back: Rebel Wilson announces a scholarship program for female comedy writers

She has made a name for herself as one of Hollywood’s funniest women.

And Rebel Wilson is giving back to the comedy community by opening a scholarship program in her name at the Australian Theatre for Young People.

The Bridesmaids actress, 40, announced the news via Instagram on Thursday.

For the arts: Rebel Wilson is giving back to the comedy community by opening a scholarship program in her name at the Australian Theatre for Young People

Applications for the 2021 Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission are open now.

The Pitch Perfect star said: ‘I’m so proud of all the winners of this scholarship – they’re spectacularly talented and I’m so happy I can give back in this small way.

‘Expressing yourself and expressing positive messages through the creative arts is so important.’

Paying it forward: Applications for the 2021 Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission are open now

Paying it forward: Applications for the 2021 Rebel Wilson Comedy Commission are open now

Rebel’s first role was on Australian TV series Fat Pizza in 2003.

In 2011, she got her big break in Hollywood in Bridesmaids alongside the likes of Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) and Matt Lucas (Little Britain).

She gained worldwide recognition in the 2012 sleeper hit Pitch Perfect, in which she played Tasmanian exchange student ‘Fat Amy’ Hobart.

Rise to fame: Rebel (second from right) gained worldwide recognition in the 2012 sleeper hit Pitch Perfect, in which she played Tasmanian exchange student 'Fat Amy' Hobart

Rise to fame: Rebel (second from right) gained worldwide recognition in the 2012 sleeper hit Pitch Perfect, in which she played Tasmanian exchange student ‘Fat Amy’ Hobart

Rebel went on to star in two more Pitch Perfect films. Her other credits include Isn’t It Romantic, The Hustle and Jojo Rabbit.

She took a step back from Hollywood this year to focus on her health, losing about 30kg with the help of personal trainer Jono Castano.

In an interview with People, Rebel revealed she switched to a high-protein diet, which she said was ‘challenging’ because she wasn’t a big meat eater before. 

Focusing on herself: She took a step back from Hollywood this year to focus on her health, losing about 30kg with the help of personal trainer Jono Castano (left)

Focusing on herself: She took a step back from Hollywood this year to focus on her health, losing about 30kg with the help of personal trainer Jono Castano (left) 

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