Where were you when you first saw the Cats trailer? It’s a question future generations will ask of anyone alive in 2019. The first moving images from the Andrew Lloyd Webber adaptation inspired a field day on social media, with everyone getting in their best diss at what was truly one of the strangest-looking blockbusters in cinema’s nearly 125-year history. But you know who wasn’t hurt by the ocean of jokes? Co-star Rebel Wilson.
The Bridesmaids vet — who plays Jennyanydots, the lazy cat who arises from her slumber to do a tap dance number — was talking to Cosmopolitan (as picked up by Entertainment Weekly), and when the subject of the controversial ad was brought up, she was ready with an answer.
“I loved the reaction. I think it was a bit polarizing and people will be super-curious to see the finished product,” Wilson said. “What you got in that trailer was just some small samples of it, but it’s going to be such a big movie. And the cast is obviously incredible.”
Was she thrown off by the digital fur or even by the fact that all the female felines have nipple-less breasts? Nah.
“To me, it looked like how I thought it would look,” Wilson told Cosmo. “What’s so brilliant about the movie is the dancing. It’s got some of the world’s best dancers, from ballet dancers to hip-hop dancers… oh, and tap dancers! It’s incredible. I can’t wait for people to see those big numbers on the big screen.”
Wilson thinks most of the fury was over the new-ness of the tech:
“There’s some people who were like, ‘Oh my God,’ because it is brand-new technology that’s CGI. … I think people get confused because it’s essentially a dance movie in a lot of ways. So it really is all our own bodies. And yes, they’re covered in fur. I think some people found it a bit creepy ’cause we’re people but we look a bit like cats dancing around.”
Do we trust Wilson, who likely hasn’t seen a movie that is almost certainly nowhere near completion, and believe that everything will make sense when it his theaters, on December 20? Up to you!