Lookalike relishes role with Hollywood hero Rebel Wilson

Lookalike: Young actress Alex Kis is playing Rebel Wilson in a Hollywood flick. Picture: Chris Lane

Lookalike: Young actress Alex Kis is playing Rebel Wilson in a Hollywood flick. Picture: Chris Lane

Young actress Alex Kis is still on cloud nine after flying to New York to work with her Hollywood hero Rebel Wilson.

The Peakhurst West Public School pupil plays a young Wilson in the film Isn’t It Romantic, being released in 2019.

Alex, 10, recently spent two weeks with her family in New York filming with Wilson – who is both starring in and producing the film.

On set: Australian actress Rebel Wilson (left) posted this picture of her with Alex Kis and Jennifer Saunders. Picture: Instagram

On set: Australian actress Rebel Wilson (left) posted this picture of her with Alex Kis and Jennifer Saunders. Picture: Instagram

“I did two days [of filming]. The rest of the time was really like a holiday,” she said. “The film is about Rebel finding love when she is older, and her best friend is in love with Rebel. I was actually playing her when she was younger.”

The bubbly Year 5 student said she loved the experience, especially meeting and working with Wilson.

“She was really nice,” Alex said. “I like her personality and I like how she is not afraid to speak up about what she thinks of anyone. A lot of people are too shy like that.”

She said her agent put her onto the role and sent a video to the producers. “[Rebel] thought I was a perfect fit,” Alex said.

She said her main scene was a flash back to when Wilson’s character was a child – and she had to dye her hair blonde for the role.

“It’s me watching TV, pretty much, and my mum comes home from a date and comes into the house and says ‘love is never going to be the way you wish it to be’.”

Alex said she was beside herself after her mum broke the news she was going to New York. “I was so happy. My agent called my mum and when she hung up she told me. I was just so happy. I was crying I did not really say anything.”

Alex said she fell in love with acting after taking part in a show as a child. “I was little and did a Hi-5 concert. I loved the audience and I ran to the front so the audience could see me,” she said with a chuckle.

This is her biggest project to date, having worked on a few ads and a couple of Play Along with Sam episodes previously.

Peakhurst West Public School principal Tanya Sarafoski said Alex was a lively student. “She is a free spirit and definitely does not stick to the norm.”

Wilson has been working on her new film after winning a $4.56 million payout, following a high-profile defamation case against Australian media company Bauer Media.

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