Next Gen 2012: Hollywood's Fastest-Rising Stars
After a breakout role as Kristen Wiig's roommate in Bridesmaids, the Aussie actress, 26, is one of 2012's most ubiquitous scene-stealers: She's not only headlining Super Fun Night, the Conan O'Brien-produced comedy pilot for ABC, but she also has appeared in a half-dozen features, including Leslye Headland's comedy Bachelorette, the celeb-studded What to Expect When You're Expecting and the hit musical comedy mashup feature Pitch Perfect from director Jason Moore.
BIG BREAK: When I auditioned for Bridesmaids. I improvised for Judd Apatow and Paul Feig for an hour -- I was initially reading for the Melissa McCarthy role. They gave me my first job in America. I was like a comedy ninja in that movie. Kicked some ass, and then left.
BEST ADVICE: I had lunch with Amy Poehler at the Chateau Marmont. She said, "Whatever you do, you have to generate your own material."
CAN'T-MISS TV: I love reality shows: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Dance Moms, Flipping Out.
BIGGEST 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENT: I came out with six movies this year. I thought, "Wouldn't it be great to be in one American movie? Everyone at home would be so impressed." But six?
ONLINE OBSESSION: I'm on IMDb a lot. People send you scripts, and you're like, "Who are these people?" You don't want to go in a meeting and say, "Rock of Ages sucked!" and realize one of the people in the room was the producer.