On Friday, it was revealed that the Pitch Perfect star would be presenting the 75th EE British Academy Film Awards at London’s Royal Albert Hall, following on from Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary last year.
The Australian actor and comedian described the role as an ‘honour’, saying in a statement: ‘This show will be an anniversary celebration of some important British film franchises such as Harry Potter and not such as Cats. Everybody’s going to love it, I’m sure! See you guys in March!’
She then made a further remark on Twitter referring to her recent weight loss, writing: ‘I’ve recently gone through a huge transformation so hopefully JK Rowling approves of me hosting the 2022 @BAFTA’s.’
Many have interpreted the tweet as a jibe about Rowling’s comments regarding the transgender community, with the writer being accused of being a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist), which she has denied.
In her statement about her Bafta hosting gig, Wilson also spoke about losing weight, wryly stating: ‘I don’t wanna put any pressure on this – I know I’m not going to be funny because I am no longer fat.’
At the time of writing, Rowling hadn’t responded to Wilson’s tweet (Picture: Twitter/@RebelWilson)
The 41-year-old added: ‘And besides, I’m not going to “sweat-it” with nerves because I have a peculiar medical condition where I can’t sweat… or cause offense to people because of my adorable Australian accent.
‘So basically I’ll just be there to hang out with Dame Judi Dench and together we’ll both try and bond with Daniel Craig. And yes, I do mean “bond”.’
On New Year’s Day, a special celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter films was released, with several stars including Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe reuniting to reminisce on making the movies.
While archive clips of a previous interview with Rowling were shown, she did not join the actors or creators of the films on the programme, with Luna Lovegood actor Evanna Lynch recently denying speculation of a ‘rift’ between the author and the cast.
Despite Rowling denying she is transphobic, she has faced frequent criticism for her remarks on trans people and gender, sparking backlash in June 2020 with her response to an article which said ‘people who menstruate’ instead of ‘women’.
At the time, she tweeted: ‘“People who menstruate”. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’, continuing by adding: ‘If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.’
The 56-year-old later penned a passionate essay on the topic, stating: ‘I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.’