Rebel Wilson Is On The Edge Of Glory (On Leno), And We Have Malaria To Thank

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Why don’t we just go ahead and declare this Rebel Wilson Week here at VH1 Celebrity. The opportunities to gush about the Pitch Perfect star just keep falling into our laps. The latest: her appearance on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno, which not only featured her singing Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” (beginning with an a cappella version, exploding into a full-on accompanied version complete with shoe-kicking-off and couch-jumping), but also revealed some amazing stories about what inspired Rebel to spread joy in our lives.

Rebel describes her family as the Australian version of Honey Boo Boo’s clan, only they happened to be in the show dog rather than the pageant biz. “One time we bought a house because it came with a free donkey,” she told Jay Leno. “The donkey was really annoying and one day we just let it loose on the road. … It was an a–hole.” At first, she seemed to be straying from this “feral” clan and studied law in college. But while she was working as a Youth Ambassador for Australia in South Africa, she got malaria.

“I was in hospital for two weeks getting rid of the malaria and they gave me a lot of drugs to help with that process,” she explained. “And I actually hallucinated that I was an actress and I was really good. And I won an Oscar and instead of giving an acceptance speech, I gave an acceptance rap, and the crowd really appreciated it. When I came out of the hospital, I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to become an actress now.’ ” Please, gods of entertainment, let her win an Oscar one day and get a chance to make all of this dream come true!

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