Rebel Wilson Photo: Steven Siewert
Australian comedian Rebel Wilson is set to become an American television star after US network ABC commissioned her series Super Fun Night.
Wilson, who made a name for herself in the Hollywood movies Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids, will produce and star in the program, which she created herself.
It revolves around three nerdy women friends on a "funcomfortable" quest to have "super fun" every Friday night.
Co-produced by Conan O’Brien, it also stars Kelen Coleman, Kevin Bishop, Lauren Ash and Liza Lapira.
ABC picked up the series after CBS bought and then dropped the pilot.
Wilson’s Australian agent was not immediately available for comment but on Twitter, Wilson simply said, ‘‘Yay! SUPER FUN NIGHT picked up to series on ABC!!!’’
Born and raised in Sydney to parents who were professional dog handlers, Wilson considered a career in mathematics during high school.
While living in South Africa as a youth ambassador, she contracted malaria and in the resulting hallucinations, she saw herself as “a really good actress who also won an Oscar”, reported Variety.
These visions convinced her to pursue acting instead.
In 2003, she moved to New York after winning an acting scholarship funded by Nicole Kidman. (Recently, she claimed she had tried to thank Kidman after spotting her in a restaurant but Kidman’s lunch companion, Russell Crowe, told her to ‘‘f--- off’’.)
Wilson went on to star in the SBS comedy Pizza and the Channel Ten sketch show The Wedge, later writing, producing and starring in the SBS comedy Bogan Pride.
Wilson was named one of Variety magazine’s "Top Ten Comics to Watch for 2011".
She hosted the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in April.