Rebel Wilson recalls difficult IVF journey: 'I'd lost a huge amount of weight and been through 3 surgeries at that point'

Rebel Wilson opens up about her IVF journey. (Photo: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)
Rebel Wilson opens up about her journey to motherhood. (Photo: VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images) (VALERIE MACON via Getty Images)

Rebel Wilson recalled the “loss” she felt after learning that her IVF journey did not go as planned.

The Pitch Perfect actress, who is next starring in the film The Almond and the Seahorse, announced that she had welcomed her daughter Royce Lillian via surrogate this week. However, in an interview with People, Wilson said that her initial path towards motherhood, which involved freezing her eggs in order to become pregnant by undergoing IVF, took a turn.

“During the filming I received some terrible news that all my harvested eggs up until that point had not survived being thawed,” Wilson, who plays a woman who wants to become a mother in her new film, explained. “So I'd lost a huge amount of weight and been through three surgeries at that point and no viable embryos. It was devastating."

"It was feelings of loss, feelings of hope — and it all played into my performance," Wilson said. "It was a very emotional time."

Wilson has previously spoken about how 2020’s “Year of Health,” which included a weight-loss journey, was inspired by her desire to carry children. In a May interview with People, the JoJo Rabbit star — who also suffers from PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) — recalled her doctor telling her to lose weight after she expressed her desire to become a parent.

"I was taken aback,” she admitted. “I thought, 'Oh God, this's guy's so rude.' He was right. I was carrying around a lot of excess weight. It's almost like I didn't think of my own needs. I thought of a future child's needs that really inspired me to get healthier."

In an April 2022 interview with Yahoo Life, Wilson, who is now dating designer Ramona Agruma, spoke about her desire to have a family.

“I just know I still have eggs, so I can still try, and still have chances, but it’s a real emotional rollercoaster, where you think you might be successful and it doesn't turn out that way,” Wilson shared. “Having a family would be great, if I’m blessed with that. I’ll have to see. Unfortunately I don’t know where it’s going to go, but I have been trying for the past few years. I just really sympathize with anyone going through it.”

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