Rebel Wilson reveals the prank that once made her high school teacher cry

While flipping through her high school yearbook on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Rebel Wilson tells of the time she locked a teacher in a cupboard as a prank

Rebel Wilson
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Apparently, Rebel Wilson has been trying to make people laugh since she was in high school.

Rebel, whose brutal joke about Prince Andrew resurfaced ahead of her appearance at the BAFTAs 2022, stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week to promote Senior Year—her first movie in three years. The 42-year-old actor hilariously brought her high school yearbook along for the appearance.

While flipping through the yearbook with the late-night host, Rebel revealed that she was a "good student" (she did graduate from a top Australian law school, after all!) and the captain of her school's basketball team. However, the star explained, she was also "a little bit cheeky."

To portray that irreverence, Rebel told the audience about a little prank she pulled on her teacher that actually left the educator in tears.

"In the boarding house, I would mastermind the escapes," she said. "We had bars on our windows. It was that type of good Christian school. Then I would organize the escapes to go. I'd work out all the passcodes for the alarms. One time, I locked a teacher in a cupboard for four hours." 

Rebel Wilson

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Admitting that she didn’t really have a reason to do such a thing, Rebel explained that she lured her teacher into the cupboard by telling her there was something in it she needed to see. The then-student followed the lie by pushing her instructor in the cupboard and locking the door. 

"She was a mean teacher," Rebel said to a laughing audience. "It was really good revenge. Yeah, she cried and she could never tell which girl it was that pushed in." 

Rebel has been revisiting her formative years because Senior Year is about a high-school cheerleader who suffers a head injury and falls into a coma before her senior prom to then wake up 20 years later as a 37-year-old woman who decides to go back to high school to finish her term. In the film, Rebel takes on the role of protagonist Stephanie Conway.

On her late-night appearance, Rebel also revealed that she was actually pretty loved in school (given the legions of fans that consider her to be one of the funniest comedians of her generation, we are not surprised). 

"I was voted deputy head girl, which is kind of the second most popular girl," she said by way of explaining why her picture is actually on the front cover of the yearbook she brought along. We, of course, couldn't agree more with that superlative.

Anna Rahmanan

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