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Rebel Wilson finally reveals why she lied about her age

After the media furore earlier this year about her age, Rebel Wilson has finally spoken out about why she twisted the truth.

By Deirdre Fogarty
Rebel Wilson, the 35-year-old Bridesmaids star, was caught out in May, when a photograph of the Australian actress surfaced suggesting that she was, in fact, older than originally thought.
A former classmate of Wilson’s, who attended Tara Anglican School for Girls in Sydney’s North Parramatta, told Woman’s Day that Wilson was “36… she was born in 1979 and we left school in 1997.”
The Pitch Perfect star was, at the time, claiming to be 29.
This week Wilson opened up in an interview with WHO magazine, where she joins fellow actor Chris Hemsworth on the cover, saying she felt hurt at the backlash.
“Being an actress, it affects women more than men in terms of ageism and sexism, so to be called out by the press on something most sensible business-minded people would have done in my position, it was a bit hurtful,” she said.
“When you’re an actor, you have what’s called a playing range; to me, it’s not really beneficial having your age written anyway.”
The confusion surrounding Wilson’s exact date of birth seems to have been cleared up, with business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) listing it as March 2 1980.
It was also revealed at the time that Rebel isn’t the actress’ real name; she was actually born Melanie Elizabeth Bownds.
Whatever her age, Rebel Wilson continues to take Hollywood by storm, recently signing on for the third instalment of the hugely successful Pitch Perfect franchise.
She has also teamed up with plus-size clothing brand TORRID to launch her own clothing range, and will star opposite Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann in How to Be Single next year.

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