Rebel’s min­i­mum wage

The Sunday Times - - NEWS -

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

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