Rebel Wilson on Emotional Eating: 'It's My One Vice'
The Pitch Perfect star says she wouldn't diet because her size works to her advantage
Rebel Wilson isn’t interested in cutting calories to change her body type.
“You would probably describe it as emotional or stress-eating. I don’t do drugs; I don’t really drink … so eating is my one vice,” she tells Cosmopolitan UK for its January cover story. “I wouldn’t ever want to totally give it up.”
“I love me some ice cream or dessert, and it comes at times when I’m happy or sad,” The Pitch Perfect star, 35, says. “So when I have an incredibly successful day, I want to celebrate and reward myself with food. If I’ve had a sad or stressful day, food is also comfort. I bought this hilarious slogan sweater the other day that says, ‘Food is my only friend’. I thought it was really cute.”
But the actress says her size works to her advantage because she doesn’t look like the typical Hollywood star.
“Being unique and different was a really good thing,” she says. “When I walked into my agent’s office for the first time [in 2009], they looked at me and said, ‘Wow, we have nobody on our books like you.’ And they signed me on my second day here.”
Wilson adds she focuses on being healthy mentally and spiritually.
“I wouldn’t ever want to compete with what I call ‘the glamours’ the really gorgeous people. I’m about the brain, the heart and what’s on the inside. I feel really lucky to be the body type I am.”
Though being around ‘the glamours’ does rub off a bit, she says.
“Living in LA you learn a lot about health. I now drink green juices and I’m trying to do gluten-free. But I don’t do it 100 percent – I’m not a maniac!”
And if her wardrobe wasn’t cute enough already, Wilson started her own line of plus-size clothing with brand Torrid because she had trouble finding trendy pieces to fit women sizes 12 to 28.
“I’m currently like a size 18, sometimes a 16 depending on how good I’ve been, so I’m kind of just a bit too big for most regular clothing,” Wilson told PEOPLE in October. “But what I found with a lot of plus-size clothing was that it didn’t seem cool or on-trend. It was kind of like what your auntie would wear to a wedding. So it was a mission to find clothes that fit and were well-made … it definitely is an under-served market.”
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And most of all, she wanted to show her fans that it’s okay to be bigger.
“I realized that if girls can see me standing next to really skinny actresses holding my own and being really confident in how I look, then that’s a good message to send,” she told PEOPLE.
We’ll raise a glass – of green juice – to that!