Rebel’s minimum wage
REBEL Wilson is cheering after winning a record $4.5 million in defamation damages, but the judgment has exposed startling detail about how little she was paid when she first made the trip to Hollywood.
The Australian actor was awarded the biggest defamation payout in the country’s history after she successfully sued Bauer Media for a series of articles that painted her as a serial liar.
But buried deep in the 136page judgment is evidence about the abysmal level of pay the funny woman received for her early Hollywood roles.
After making a name for herself in TV and theatre in Australia, Wilson moved to Los Angeles in 2009. Her breakout role came in 2010 when she played Kristen Wiig’s nightmare roommate in the hit Bridesmaids — for which she was paid a measly $US3000 ($A3759).
While her role was admittedly small and her screen time minimal, the movie went on to gross $288.4 million at the box office.
You might think Wilson went on to make millions for each of her subsequent roles, but the judge’s findings show that was far from the case.
She earned $US165,000 ($A206,719) for Pitch Perfect, $US70,000 ($A87,699) for Ice Age: Continental Drift, $US75,000 ($A93,963) for What to Expect When You’re Expecting, $US45,000 ($A56,378) for Bachelorette, $US20,000 ($A25,056) for Struck By Lightning, and $US5000 ($A6264) for Small Apartments.
Compare these figures with the $A200,000 she was paid to appear in one episode of the shortlived Channel 7 game show The Big Music Quiz last year.
She did go on to score big pay packets for her own sit-com, Super Fun Night, in 2013-14, earning about $US2 million, and in the Pitch Perfect sequel in 2015 she reportedly got $US4.1 million.
Victorious: Wilson at a court appearance in June. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images