Rebel Wilson stars in what will likely be one of the biggest films of the year for the young adult set, "Pitch Perfect 2," a follow up to the original "Pitch Perfect," which centered around the a capella college singing group the Barden Bellas.
The popular Aussie actress was interviewed by Irish broadcaster RTE last week, and she revealed that her ancestry includes some “Irish convicts” who were shipped to Australia for punishment.
"They were convicts, criminals basically. Bad Irish people that were sent to Australia…I have the fair Irish skin that always reminds me of my heritage,” she said.
The 29-year-old hasn’t been to Ireland yet, but it’s definitely a goal. She’d also like to work there.
"Some of my heritage is Irish so I would love to film there, maybe not in the winter. Being from Australia I am not used to the cold,” she said.
"My favorite playwright Martin McDonagh is Irish and he now writes films. I would love to work in Ireland and get my Irish accent on. Or a different accent but film there because it is so beautiful. Whenever I see Ireland on screen it looks amazing."
Actress Elizabeth Banks, who directed "Pitch Perfect 2," is a big fan of Ireland as well, telling RTE that perhaps an Irish singing group could feature in another "Pitch Perfect" movie.
"Well I am Irish, there is a special place in my heart for Ireland. We try to base as much as possible everything in reality,” she said about the lack of an Irish group in PP2.
"It turns out the reasons our arch nemesis this time is German is because a capella is really big in Germany. So my advice to you is to make a capella really big in Ireland and then we will probably come there."