Rebel Wilson shares how filming her new movie, The Almond and the Seahorse, helped her feel comfortable exploring her sexuality.
The 42-year-old actress spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the upcoming film, which will be her first leading dramatic role, for an article first published in the magazine on December 7.
In The Almond and the Seahorse, Wilson portrays a character named Sarah who questions her sexuality and ends up kissing a woman named Toni, played by actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.
The storyline later became a real moment when Wilson began dating Ramona Agruma and publicly confirmed in June that they were a couple.
During her interview with THR, Wilson revealed how the film affected her relationship with Agruma.
She shared that her love interest in the film was originally intended to be played by a man — possibly Pierce Brosnan — but Wilson suggested casting a woman as the character instead.
“I don’t know why I said that, but I just felt like it could work,” she explained.
Discussing her dating history, Wilson said she had “a situation” with a woman before, but the relationship was never sexual and they never kissed.
“But then the kiss with Charlotte came up,” she recalled. “I didn’t think it was such a big deal or anything. Then, weirdly, because I’ve kissed her in my professional life, I thought, well, maybe I should really do that in my personal life and see how it goes, which I did.
She added that this happened in 2021, the same year she met her now partner Agruma.
Wilson shared, “If I hadn’t had the experience with Charlotte or the experience with the other woman, I don’t know if I would have ever met Ramona. These experiences opened my heart to this as a possibility. I am grateful for both of these experiences. It completely changed my love life. It’s such a great thing.”
Before forming a connection with Agruma, Wilson said she only dated men.
“I’ve seen shows about lesbians, like ‘The L Word,’ but it just never crossed my mind. I just thought I like these shows. But kissing Charlotte was a big deal to me. I was so nervous that day because she’s so cool and I was really stressed,” she said.
However, she said the filming of the scene in The Almond and the Seahorse, which will be released in select theaters and VOD platforms on December 16, was great.
Wilson then gushed about her friend, adding, “Yeah, I don’t think I would have been open to Ramona without those experiences and she’s just an amazing partner.”
On June 9th, the Australian native introduced Agruma to the world as her girlfriend in a sweet Instagram post.
She uploaded a picture of her sitting close to Agruma as they both smile.
“I thought I was looking for a Disney prince… but maybe I really needed a Disney princess all along,” she wrote in the caption. She added rainbow and heart emoji, as well as the hashtag “loveislove.”
Agruma is an entrepreneur and brand ambassador based in Los Angeles.
Rumors started last month that Wilson and Agruma were engaged.
The Pitch Perfect star was quick to address her current relationship status on her Instagram Story.
“Thanks for the well wishes, but we’re NOT engaged,” she captioned a photo of the couple at Disneyland.
This article was originally published on TODAY.com