'Super Fun Night': Rebel Wilson defends use of American accent on show

Rebel Wilson has no plans on changing her character’s American accent on her forthcoming ABC comedy Super Fun Night. 

The news came to the disappointment of some critics, who have lamented the fact that the Australian chose not to use her native accent.

“I started out in the theater as an actress doing all different characters in all different accents,” co-creator Wilson said today during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Really, when I first came to America, I was doing movies and thought I would be American all the time, but the way it worked out was that I was playing more international characters. So when I had the opportunity to do this TV show in America, the concept was three girls living in Manhattan who have known each other since they were 13 or 14 years of age, so I just really thought I had to make this character American.”

Wilson, who was on the panel with her co-stars, as well as co-creator Conan O’Brien, also elaborated on the self-deprecating humor in the series. “The purpose of the show, to me, is to really inspire girls who don’t think they’re cool or popular or pretty and all that, to get out there and [prove] that they can have fun and exciting lives, too. I think in order to do that, we have to present a very realistic version of what it’s like to be girl who looks like me and isn’t the coolest….there are some very sad storylines coming down the pipe, but I think we have to present that so that when we present the wins for my character it’s far more gratifying.”

Super Fun Night premieres Oct. 2 on ABC.


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