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10/31/2018 11:59 am ET Updated Nov 02, 2018

Rebel Wilson Praises 'Isn't It Romantic' For Abandoning Tropes About Plus-Size Women

The “Pitch Perfect” star tells Ellen DeGeneres her new rom-com offers a fresh perspective.

Rebel Wilson is both a star and co-producer of the new film, “Isn’t It Romantic,” but the actress barely resembled a rom-com heroine in her appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week. 

The “Pitch Perfect” star arrived on the “Ellen” set dressed for Halloween as Wilson, Tom Hanks’ volleyball companion from the 2000 film, “Cast Away.” Fortunately, DeGeneres also was in a spooky mood, done up as a parody of a contestant on “The Bachelor” known as dental assistant Kelllly D from New Jersey. 

Costumes aside, Wilson was on hand to debut the trailer for “Isn’t It Romantic.” She plays Natalie, a down-on-her-luck New Yorker who wakes up to find herself trapped inside a romantic comedy and caught between two love interests (played by Adam DeVine and Liam Hemsworth). 

Watch the “Isn’t It Romantic” trailer above.

“I had such a ball filming that,” Wilson told DeGeneres of the film, due out on Valentine’s Day 2019. Moreover, the Aussie-born actress said she’s excited by the way the film breaks away from Hollywood tropes for plus-size characters. 

“I’m proud to be the first-ever plus-sized girl to be the star of a romantic comedy,” she said. While it’s possible Wilson misspoke, as actresses such as Queen Latifah have starred in romantic comedies before, there’s definitely a shortage of them cast in those roles.

DeGeneres also asked whether a September photo that appeared on Wilson’s Instagram was intended as confirmation that a fourth “Pitch Perfect” film was in the works. The image showed Wilson with “Pitch Perfect” co-stars Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Chrissie Fit, each holding up four fingers. 

“Definitely I’ll be filming another musical film in the next 12 months, I can say that,” Wilson coyly answered. “You’ll see me singing a bit more.” 

UPDATE Nov. 2: Wilson clarified her remarks on Twitter Thursday. 

This story has been updated in to include additional information about romantic comedies with plus-size leads. 

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