Star of Conan O'Brien-produced comedy says her look helped her: "I wasn't like any other girl here"
ABC's upcoming Rebel Wilson comedy "Super Fun Night" was originally under consideration at CBS. So what did she learn from that network passing on it?
"That I shoulda put out," she joked Sunday at a Television Critics Association panel, where she promoted the Conan O'Brien-produced comedy.
Wilson, the Australian star of "Pitch Perfect," says that in Hollywood, a place obsessed with perfection, she thinks her imperfections have helped her stand out and succeed.
"I wasn't like any other girl here," Wilson said. "The one's who get encouraged to move to Hollywood are like the prettiest ones in their hometown of Iowa or something."
The show often makes Wilson the butt of mean-spiried jokes about her weight, but Wilson writes almost all of them, O'Brien said.
He joked that he produced the show just so he could return to the TCA summer press tour, a gathering of critics who rarely applaud for the guests who grace their stage. He said he "just wanted to get back to a network TCA."
"I missed this energy so much," O'Brien said. "The joy and the love."
The show was first developed as a multi-camera project at CBS. ABC expressed a strong preference for a single camera show, which allowed for more improvisation from Wilson. Executive producer John Riggi said her ability to quickly change from funny to serious was a huge boost to the show.
"The small moments that you miss in multi-cam… that's what Rebel does," he said.
Wilson chose to make her character American because the show called for three young women in Manhattan who have known each other for years.
Riggi said the show will also explore the sexuality of one of the women, Marika (Lauren Ash). he said it seems realistic that a woman in her 20s could still potentially be confused about her sexual orientation.
"If Marika ends up being a lesbian, I can promise you it will be handled as far as I'm concerned, respectfully and in a good way," Riggi said.