Rebel Wilson is part of the A-list ensemble cast in the upcoming movie musical Cats, and she says that shooting her number was so physically demanding that she lost eight pounds over four days of filming.
Wilson told Entertainment Tonight that her weight loss was the result of both physicality and high temperatures.
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2019 has been an epic year professionally. I’ve had 4 studio films come out: ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, THE HUSTLE, JOJO RABBIT and soon CATS..working with 4 brilliant directors @straussschulson, @mrchrisaddison, @taikawaititi and Mr Tom Hooper. I’ve shot 3 TV series in Australia: LES NORTON for ABC, and LAST ONE LAUGHING (Amazon) and POOCH PERFECT (Ch7) coming soon in 2020. I’ve travelled the world more times than I can count and crossed paths with so many talented and wonderful people. Thanks for the memories guys and see you in 2020! Rebs x
“I lost eight pounds, shooting my number, in four days,” said Wilson. “One, because there’s a lot of physicality… but also, they heated up the set very high, to almost 100 Fahrenheit, so that we could never cool down.”
The 39-year-old – who plays Jennyanydots in the film based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical – explained that the number featured the “best dancers in the whole world.” And, they kept the set hot because the pro dancers needed to avoid injury and couldn’t let their muscles cool down. Wilson says they kept the set “like a sauna,” and that made it extremely uncomfortable.
Wilson and her co-stars had to go to “cat school” to learn how to move like cats, and she and New York City Ballet principal dancer Robbie Fairchild, who plays Munkustrap, also watched a lot of cat videos on YouTube.
Fairchild said that Cats is the first film to use technology where it’s the actor’s full CGI body on screen while using their face from film footage. Fairchild called it “revolutionary” because viewers will see real emotion and reaction from the actors instead of seeing full CGI.
Wilson agreed that “it’s so cool,” and she has also enjoyed seeing kids making up their own dances to the songs on Instagram because even the style of the choreography in the movie is cutting edge.
In addition to her role in Cats, Wilson has been busy this year with roles in two other films – Isn’t It Romantic and The Hustle – and she also produced and starred in Jojo Rabbit.
She also launched her new Rebel Wilson X Angels clothing line for women size 14 to 24. She explained that back in her 20s she skipped out on a friend’s wedding because she didn’t know where to buy a dress in her size. But, now that she’s in Hollywood, she has learned some things that plus-size girls need to know, and she wants to impart that knowledge.
Cats hits theaters nationwide on December 20th.