Rebel Wilson Criticizes Limiting Actors to Roles Based on Sexuality: Calls it ‘Total Nonsense’

Rebel Wilson criticizes limiting roles based on sexuality, calling it “total nonsense.”


Rebel Wilson, widely known for her role in the Pitch Perfect series, has expressed strong opinions against the notion that actors should only play roles that match their real-life sexual orientations.

During an appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, Wilson, 44, shared her thoughts with host Lauren Laverne, emphasizing her belief that acting should transcend personal identities.

When asked about whether she believes women can “get away with different things to men” in the realm of “edgy” jokes, Wilson was candid about her experience.

She recalled her hosting stint at the 2022 BAFTAs, where she made several bold jokes. “I’ve definitely said a lot of edgy jokes, and said them sometimes in very public places like the BAFTAs,” she remarked.

Wilson highlighted a current trend in comedy and entertainment where the acceptability of jokes often hinges on the comedian’s personal traits. “I don’t think there’s a different standard, it’s more this thing about – if you are something then now you’re allowed to joke about it.

So say, if you are overweight, you can say jokes. But if you’re not… that’s kind of what’s currently happening. So it’s not really gendered,” she explained.

She expressed concern over this trend, viewing it as potentially restrictive. “I think that’s hard. It’s going into this territory of like saying, ‘Well, only straight actors can play straight roles, and gay actors can play gay roles,’ which I think is total nonsense,” Wilson stated firmly. “I think you should be able to play any role that you want.”


Wilson believes that comedy thrives on taking risks and pushing boundaries. “But I always think, in comedy, your job is to always flirt with that line of what’s acceptable. Sometimes you do step over it but, at the end of the day, you are trying to entertain people,” she added.

According to Wilson, playing it safe could stifle creativity and hinder the production of quality comedy. “If people are just always being safe and protective, you’re not going to get good comedy from that,” she insisted.

Her comments come amid a broader conversation about representation and authenticity in Hollywood. While some advocate for roles to be cast based on the actor’s real-life attributes, others, like Wilson, argue for the artistic freedom of actors to portray characters outside their personal experiences.

Wilson’s personal life has also been in the spotlight recently. In June 2022, she went public with her relationship with Ramona Agruma, making their romance Instagram official. This revelation followed her interview with PEOPLE in May, where she opened up about her new partner.

In her memoir, Rebel Rising: A Memoir, released in April, Wilson detailed her first in-person meeting with Agruma. The pair were introduced via text by their mutual friend, Australian actor Hugh Sheridan.

Ramona Agruma and Rebel Wilson. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEFANIE KEENAN/GETTY)
Ramona Agruma and Rebel Wilson. (PHOTO: VIA PEOPLE, STEFANIE KEENAN/GETTY)

“She sets up our first date for a few hours after I land: lunch at the Hotel Bel-Air [in Los Angeles],” Wilson wrote. Despite her nervousness and concerns about her limited experience with women, the date quickly turned into a memorable connection.

“We didn’t really end up eating anything and instead went to the bathroom to make out,” she shared.

Their relationship has progressed rapidly. In November 2022, Wilson welcomed her daughter, Royce Lillian, via surrogate. By Valentine’s Day 2023, she had proposed to Agruma, marking another milestone in their relationship.

In August, Wilson provided an update on their wedding plans, indicating that she and her fiancé were navigating the planning process together. “We have to compromise between the big celebration I want and the more intimate affair Ramona would prefer,” she said.

Rebel Wilson’s comments on BBC Radio 4 and her open discussion about her personal life highlight her candid and unfiltered approach to both her professional and personal endeavors.

Her stance on acting roles reflects a broader debate in the entertainment industry about representation and the essence of acting, while her personal journey showcases her openness and willingness to share her experiences with the public.

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