Rebel Wilson Just Revealed She Accidentally Lost Weight While Filming 'Cats'

  • Rebel Wilson says she accidentally lost weight filming ‘Cats’ due to the extreme conditions on set.
  • She says the set was heated up like a “sauna” to keep the dancers limber.
  • She describes the film as “spectacular.”

Rebel Wilson says she unintentionally lost weight while filming Cats due to the intensive nature of the dance scenes in the film.

(FYI: Even though Cats is a musical, some say it’s more of a dance film than anything else. After all, Victoria the white cat, is being played by Francesca Hayward, the principal dancer of the Royal Ballet.)

Because there were so many elite dancers in the ensemble, the creative team heated the set to sauna-like conditions every day, so no one would pull a muscle. “I lost eight pounds, shooting my number, in four days,” star Rebel Wilson told Entertainment Tonight.“One, because there’s a lot of physicalities… but also, they heated up the set very high, to almost 100 [degrees] Fahrenheit, so that we could never cool down.”

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In the film, Wilson plays Jennyanydots, and she worked with choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who has won three Tony Awards, for Hamilton, In the Heights, and Bandstand.

“These people are, like, the best dancers in the whole world, so they can’t cool their muscles down or they could get an injury and they’d be out of the film,” Wilson said. “So they’d heat up the set like a sauna so we would never cool down, but [it] made it pretty uncomfortable.”

As if the pressure weren’t high enough, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber himself would make surprise visits to set. “He would pop up on set and he’d just be hiding in the shadows, and all of a sudden you’d be singing and like, ‘Oh, it’s Andrew Lloyd Webber, geez better be in key!'” Wilson joked. “The artistry that’s gone into this film, and to know that it’s all live singing and dancing. Spectacular is the right word to describe the film. It’s epic.”

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