Rebel Melanie Bownds (born Melanie Elizabeth Wilson, 2 March 1980) is an Australian actor, comedian, writer, singer and producer. Wilson began performing as Toula in the SBS sitcom Pizza (2003-2007, 2019) after graduating from the Australian Theater for Young People in 2003. She also participated in the sketch comedy series The Wedge (2006-2007).
For the musical comedy series Bogan Pride, which they co-wrote, produced and starred in (2008). Wilson appears in Bridesmaids and A Few Best Men in 2011 after migrating to the United States.
Variety named Wilson as one of their “Top Ten Comics to Watch for 2013” after participating in the 2012 comedy films What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Struck by Lightning, and Bachelorette.
MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance and a Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress were just some of the accolades she received for her portrayal of Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect film series (2012-2017). Grimsby and How to Be Single were two of her cinematic roles in 2016.
Melanie Elizabeth Bownds, the future mother of Rebel Wilson, was born on March 2, 1980 in Sydney, New South Wales. Her mother, who has worked as a professional dog trainer, originally planned to study Mathematics at the University of New South Wales but changed her major to Law and Arts.
It is possible that at least two of her siblings took the name “Rebel” as their own, including a sister now known as “Anarchic” and a brother now known as “Ryot” (Ryot appeared with the third Wilson sister Liberty in the first season of the reality TV show The Amazing Race).
A student of the Australian Theater for Young People, she was selected to receive a scholarship to study internationally at Second City Improv in Chicago, Illinois, United States.
She became a household name in Australia for her performance in The Westie Monologues, a touring musical that she also wrote and produced. Spunks and Confessions of an Exchange Student were two more hit performances she toured with.
Pizza and the Wedge and Fat Pizza, the feature film based on the final episode, made her a household name in Australia. In addition to getting roles in Hollywood movies such as 2007’s Ghost Rider starring Nicolas Cage, she finally decided to come to Los Angeles in 2011 to pursue her acting career full-time.
Bridesmaids, Rules of Engagement and Workaholics followed Wilson’s return to the big screen in Bridesmaids, followed by cameos in sitcoms. A remake of the Steve Martin classic in which she co-starred with Anne Hathaway in 2019, Is’t It Romantic and The Hustle are two of her most recent big-screen comedies.
Wilson’s schedule was packed in 2013, with roles in “anti-hate satire” Jojo Rabbit, directed by Taika Waititi, and the controversial big-screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
Rebel Wilson’s fortune
Rebel Wilson is a well-known comedian and actress from Australia, and she now has a net worth of $22 million. Wilson is currently most famous for her appearances in such films as Jojo Rabbit, Cats and the films in the Pitch Perfect trilogy. After getting her start in Australian television comedy, she successfully transitioned to audiences in North America and is most recognized for these roles.
Charge of defamation
In her home country of Australia, Wilson triumphed in a high-profile libel suit against Bauer Media Group in 2017. Woman’s Day, the Australian Women’s Weekly, NW magazine and OK! magazine published all the pieces about Wilson that it said depicted her as a “serial liar” because of differences in her childhood and her age.
In this case she got AU $4.5 million, which at the time of writing translates to approx $3.2 million in US dollars, a new Australian record for damages in defamation cases.
“All the funds I earn go to charities or grants or put into the Australian film industry to create employment,” she tweeted before the compensation was awarded. Bauer Media Group successfully appealed the ruling in October 2017 and reduced damages to $600,000, a result that Wilson herself wanted to appeal to a court of law rejected her desire to do so.
Wilson landed an endorsement contract with the weight reduction company’s Australian arm Jenny Craig around the time she moved to the United States in the summer of 2011. She informed the media that she had lost 22 pounds as a result of the program and that she would have lost even more weight if the producers of the Pitch Perfect film series had not banned her from losing even more weight.
For the first time publicly, a year after 2020, she stated that she had a “career where I was paid to be taller sometimes, which can kind of rot your brain.” That she had left the company in 2012 was confirmed in early 2013.
At some point between September 2012 and 2015, Wilson is said to have shared a Hollywood apartment with fellow actor and comedian Matt Lucas.
At a cost of $3.75 million and $900,000 for improvements, in 2014, Wilson bought a waterfront mansion in her hometown of Sydney and a Victorian-style home dating back to its early days 1900s. In April 2022, Rebel put this house on the market with an asking price of $6.7 million.
As an investment, she owns at least one property, a two bedroom luxury converted home in Balmain, a suburb of the city of Sydney in Australia.
Several other celebrities, including Justin Timberlake, Harry Styles, and married couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, have all been associated with a $3 million Tribeca apartment.
“Cape Cod Colonial” architectural style “classic masterpiece” that cost more $3 million is located somewhere in West Hollywood, and she has a $2.2 million Los Angeles real estate that she bought at the same time (either for investment purposes or for some other reason). In 2014, she spent an estimated $2.2 million for a 2,500 square feet Hollywood Hills residence she now calls home.