The Word: Nicole Kidman paid for Rebel Wilson to move to America

HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Actress Rebel Wilson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Pitch Perfect' at ArcLight Hollywood on September 24, 2012 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Rebel Wilson had help getting to Hollywood from a fellow Aussie. Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images

How do you get from Australia to starring in big Hollywood films like “Bridesmaids”? No really, how do you physically get there? That is quite far. For Rebel Wilson, the answer came in the form of a fellow Aussie who’d already made the leap across the pond: She says Nicole Kidman financed her first sojourn stateside.

“When I learned about acting, Nicole Kidman gave me a scholarship. Not that much money. But I came here, saw Broadway shows and got a West 46th Street apartment,” Rebel, who apparently has a different definition of “not that much money” than I do, told the New York Post.

That wasn’t the first weird stop in the Rebel World Tour, either: Her decision to become an actress was made during a disease-induced vision. “I was in South Africa, law school, when I developed malaria. It affected my brain. Hallucinating from drugs, I thought I’d won an Oscar,” she said.

Rebel did once try to thank her tall ginger benefactress, but it didn’t go that well. “One time in Sydney, I saw [Nicole Kidman] having dinner with Russell Crowe and I go, ‘OK, now’s my chance. I’m going to say thank you. I went up to them but, before I could say anything, Russell Crowe turns to me and says, ‘F— off!’ I just put my head down and walked the other way. But thanks, Nicole!”



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