Rebel Wilson shared that years ago, before the #MeToo movement took off, a male co-star sexually harassed her.
The unnamed actor ‘called me into a room and pulled down his pants,’ then requested a sexual favor with his friends present, she told People.
‘It was awful and disgusting. And all the behavior afterwards – this was all before #MeToo – where they kind of tried to destroy me and my career. If it had happened after #MeToo, then I could have just blasted them, ‘Rebel, 42, said.
Lookin back: Rebel Wilson shared that years ago, before the #MeToo movement took off, a male co-star sexually harassed her; seen in April
Rebel, who earned a Bachelor Of Laws degree at the University Of New South Wales, fell back on her legal training.
‘Because I’m a lawyer, I documented it. I called my rep. I got certain things in writing about what happened, ‘she said. ‘Definitely amongst industry circles, I made sure people knew what happened.’
Even now Rebel wonders to herself: ‘Why did I stay in that situation… with that awful guy? I should have left. It wasn’t worth it. ‘
She added: ‘But at the same time, I was like: “Oh well, do the right thing, be a professional and finish the movie.” Now I would never do that. ‘
‘It was awful and disgusting’: The unnamed actor ‘called me into a room and pulled down his pants,’ then requested a sexual favor with his friends present, she told People
Rebel noted: ‘I thought even complaining to my agency was a big step. And to complain to the studio. I found out I was like the fourth person to complain about the guy. Such gross behavior, but a lot of women have had it way worse. ‘
The Sydney-born actress argued: ‘If it happened again, I would probably stand up for myself even more just because of the bravery of the other women that have stood up and now allowed me an opportunity.’
She first went public with the harassment allegation in a Twitter thread posted in November 2017, during the height of the #MeToo movement.
‘A male star, in a position of power asked me to go into a room with him and then asked me repeatedly to stick my finger up his a **. All whilst his male “friends” tried to film the incident on their iPhones and laughed, ‘she wrote.
Looking fab: Rebel has also revealed that her staggering weight loss of over 80lbs was inspired by her desire to be a mother; pictured last week
‘I repeatedly said no and eventually got out of the room,’ Rebel continued. ‘I called my agent immediately and my lawyer made a complaint with the studio – basically to protect myself that in the event something similar ever occurred I’d be able to walk out of the job and not obliged to return.’
She alleged further: ‘Later I was threatened by one of the star’s representatives to be nice and support the male star. I refused. The whole thing was disgusting. I’ve told hundreds of people in the industry the story in more graphic detail basically to warn them off this individual. ‘
During Rebel’s recent People interview, she discussed how her staggering recent weight loss of over 80lbs was inspired by her desire to become a mother.
For years she has been candid about the fact that she was looking at the prospect of freezing her eggs. But when she visited a fertility doctor, he told her it would be best if she got ‘healthier’ before she started thinking about a family.
Cover girl: The 42-year-old showed off her sensationally trimmed-down figure in a cinched-in green frock on the latest cover of People
And though she is dating (she has yet to reveal her beau’s name), she has considered becoming a parent alone. ‘I would love to have a family. I’m just going for it by myself at the moment because of the biological clock, ‘she told People.
Rebel recently revealed on the U Up? podcast that she is ‘happily in a relationship’ with a mystery man whom she was introduced to by a mutual friend.
In her new People interview she said: ‘If I meet the right person, great, and then they can fit in with whatever happens. It’s great that the technology exists. You have so many options with surrogacy and sperm donors. ‘
She shared: ‘I only started thinking of fertility when I was 39 so you feel quite late but then there are women in their mid-40s who’ve been successful.’
Before: The Pitch Perfect star declared 2020 to be her ‘Year Of Health’ and left her fans agog as she shed the pounds; she is pictured in 2018
Rebel added: ‘Look at Janet Jackson, it’s pretty inspiring,’ referring to the fact Janet gave birth to her son when she was 50.
When she discussed fertility treatments with a doctor: ‘He looked me up and down and said: “You’d do much better if you were healthier.”‘
Rebel confessed: I was taken aback. I thought: “Oh God, this guy’s so rude.” He was right. I was carrying around a lot of excess weight. ‘
She shared: ‘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. ‘
Proud of her work: Rebel said that Fat Amy, her Pitch Perfect role, ‘was probably the most favorite character I’ve ever played’ because she ‘loved representing and I was so confident’
The Bachelorette star also suffers from a hormonal disorder called polycystic ovarian syndrome, which can cause fertility problems by inhibiting ovulation.
She has insisted her fitness journey wasn’t a goal to get to a certain weight. It was just being the healthiest version of myself. ‘
The Pitch Perfect actress declared 2020 to be her ‘Year Of Health’ and left her fans agog as she shed the pounds and documented the results on Instagram.
Rebel, who is 5’3 “, has previously credited Vivamayr, a luxury medical center and holistic retreat in Lake Altaussee, Austria, for her astonishing weight loss journey.
Now she has revealed that the process of improving her health involved ‘dealing with the emotional issues that caused me to emotionally eat, and that’s a process. You cry a lot, analyze things. I’d never done that before. ‘
Frank: Rebel, pictured in Pitch Perfect 3 with Anna Kendrick, noted: ‘Sometimes it’s hard doing a photo shoot next to your fellow actress and she’s a third of the size of you’
The Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie actress shared: ‘It’s really hard to know why you don’t feel worthy when people look at my life on paper and say you’ve done all these amazing things. That’s what I’m trying to overcome. ‘
Although Fat Amy, her Pitch Perfect role, ‘was probably the most favorite character I’ve ever played’ because she ‘loved representing and I was so confident,’ she still had to cope with ‘at times’ feeling ‘insecure.’
Rebel, whose Pitch Perfect co-stars included Anna Kendrick and Hailee Steinfeld, noted: ‘Sometimes it’s hard doing a photo shoot next to your fellow actress and she’s a third of the size of you.’
She reflected: ‘I was invisible in a way even when I was an international movie star. And then suddenly to have people want to carry your groceries, do nice things for you purely because of how you look, it’s interesting. ‘
As seen in 2013: She told People that when she discussed fertility treatments with her doctor: ‘He looked me up and down and said: “You’d do much better if you were healthier”‘
The Australian comedy star pointed out: ‘I know what it’s like to be on the other side of that coin. And now I know what’s it’s like to get attention in the positive. There is a societal bias towards what society deems as good-looking. ‘
She acknowledged: ‘It’s not right. It sucks, it’s unfair. I feel sad if somebody doesn’t love the body they’re in. You want to celebrate all body types but I also want to encourage people to be healthy. ‘
‘Any woman who’s gone through it, I really relate to. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. I don’t know how it’s going to end. But I’m still young enough to try. ‘
She explained on Instagram Live in late 2020 that while in the process of shedding pounds ‘I do try to stay under 1,500 calories, because again of my body type.’
Then and now: Rebel is pictured at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (left) and then on a red carpet in September 2021 (right) after her Year Of Health
However once she arrived at her goal weight of 75kg (approximately 165lbs), she began transitioning ‘more into like a maintenance phase, and probably be about 2,000/2,500 because I do work out like a beast.’
Rebel has also previously revealed that before the Year Of Health her previous lowest weight was caused by a life-threatening bout of malaria.
‘I was at my skinniest when I had malaria when I almost died, when I came out of hospital everyone was like: “Wow what did you do?” I almost died … ‘she said.