Rebel Wilson says she was kidnapped at gunpoint and held overnight in Mozambique | Ents & Arts News
Actress Rebel Wilson has said she was once kidnapped at gunpoint and held overnight while staying in Mozambique.
The star, best known for films including Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, spoke about her ordeal with former Royal Marines Commando Ant Middleton in the latest episode of his Straight Talking series for Sky One.
When asked to talk about the most fearful situation she had ever been in, Wilson said: “There was one time in Africa where I got kidnapped.”
The 40-year-old said she was with a group of women in rural Mozambique, and that they were ordered to get out of their vehicle.
“These men come on another truck with a lot of guns,” she said, before Middleton asked: “Pulled up beside you?”
“Yeah, with the big guns, and were like, ‘you’ve got to get off your truck’,” she replied. “They took us to this house in the middle of nowhere.”
Wilson said she felt she dealt with the situation well.
“I feel like I was very good in the crisis,” she told Middleton. “Yeah, I was like a team leader.”
She continued: “They sat us down. I said, ‘everybody link arms’. I’m petrified in the night they might want to take one of the girls or something. Luckily, we weren’t harmed.”
Fortunately, she says they were released the next day.
“The next day, they came and said, ‘oh, your truck is ready now you can go – go, go’, you know. So we just didn’t ask any questions, we got back on that truck and and just got back out of there and then crossed the South African border a few hours later.
“I think maybe those guys used us to smuggle illegal things in the bottom of the truck.”
Middleton was noticeably surprised by Wilson’s story, telling her he was expecting her to say that she had come “face-to-face with a snake or a spider” or something similar.
“You need to do a hardcore action movie,” he said.
Wilson did not say when the incident took place.
Middleton, best known as the star of SAS: Who Dares Wins, interviewed the actress in Mexico for the second show in his Straight Talking series, which sees him taking celebrities out of their comfort zone.
Last year, he travelled to the Namibian desert with One Direction’s Liam Payne.
Sky Original, Ant Middleton & Rebel Wilson: Straight Talking will air on 14 January at 9pm on Sky One and streaming service NOW TV