Rebel Wilson reveals low Bridesmaids pay cheque and whopping Pitch Perfect salary

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Amid the many headline-making revelations from Rebel Wilson’s new memoir, the Australian actress also divulges details about the money she’s made as a Hollywood movie star.

Wilson, 44, got her big break in the smash hit 2011 comedy Bridesmaids, in which she played the small role of Brynn, the bizarre roommate of Kristen Wiig’s lead character Annie.

And while she only appeared in a couple of scenes, Wilson’s pay cheque for the Paul Feig-directed movie – which made a handsome $US306.4 million at the box office – was much smaller than you’d expect.

In Rebel Rising, Wilson notes she was paid $US3500 for the movie.

Despite the low salary, the actress said starring in Bridesmaids changed her life, allowing her to join the SAG-AFTRA union which granted her status as a working actor in the United States.

Within just two weeks of the film premiering, Wilson says she booked six movies, one of which included the 2012 Universal Pictures musical comedy Pitch Perfect, with her hilarious portrayal of ‘Fat Amy’ catapulting her to global recognition.

“Boy, did that movie pay dividends!” Wilson wrote.

The star was paid a decent $US65,000 for the first movie. By the third film, which was released in 2017, Wilson had managed to negotiate a staggering $US10 million salary after discovering a market research survey that showed audiences loved her character.

In an interview with the New York Times published Thursday, Wilson revealed why she felt proud to be transparent about her salaries.

“Universal Studios are incredible, but did they make a ton of money from the Pitch Perfect movies? Yes,” Wilson began.

“So despite me absolutely loving all those folks at Universal, did I use that leverage to my advantage? Yes. And in the 11th hour, I go, ‘You know, that’s a lovely offer of $9 million. But I need one more to make it 10 [million].’

“That’s a big milestone when you’re an actor. To receive an eight-figure offer, for a woman, is huge. Sometimes women don’t like to talk about that. Whereas I don’t think the guys have any issues saying they get $20 million a movie.”

Wilson’s book, which was officially released April 2, has been the subject of much discourse, notably, her claims about UK comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, whom she worked with on the 2016 comedy The Brothers Grimsby.

The actress accused Cohen of sexually harassing her during production.

Among the allegations, Wilson claimed Cohen would often request she go naked for scenes.

“It felt like every time I’d speak to SBC, he’d mention that he wanted me to go naked in a future scene. I was like, ‘Ha, I don’t do nudity, Sacha,’” she wrote in the book.

Wilson further alleged tensions escalated while they were filming a scene in Cape Town, South Africa, at a soccer stadium.

“SBC summons me via a production assistant saying that I’m needed to film an additional scene. ‘Okay, well, we’re gonna film this extra scene,’ SBC says. Then he pulls his pants down … SBC says very matter-of-factly: ‘Okay, now I want you to stick your finger up my ass.’ And I’m like, ‘What?? … No!!’ …

“I was now scared. I wanted to get out of there, so I finally compromised: I slapped him on the ass and improvised a few lines as the character.”

A spokesperson for Cohen denied the claims in a statement last week.

“While we appreciate the importance of speaking out, these demonstrably false claims are directly contradicted by extensive detailed evidence, including contemporaneous documents, film footage and eyewitness accounts from those present before, during and after the production of The Brothers Grimsby,” a representative of Baron Cohen said.

It comes as Rebel Rising was seemingly been pulled from shelves in Australia on its release date.

The book was scheduled to drop locally on Wednesday, however, numerous retailers had removed the book from their websites.

One of Australia’s biggest book retailers, Amazon, made the memoir unavailable to order, and noted to customers: “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”

On Booktopia.com, the book is currently listed as “unavailable” with no sale date listed.

Wilson took to Instagram on Tuesday to celebrate the book’s release, however, the post was inundated with fans from Australia and New Zealand questioning why their pre-orders had been cancelled.

One fan claimed to have been told at an Aussie bookstore that the memoir had been “recalled” last minute.

“I am in Australia and can’t get a copy,” wrote the fan. “Just went to my local book store and they said it has been recalled to be possibly be re-printed and have parts redacted!! Can we get it in the US?”

Fans in the UK appeared to be having the same issue, with many questioning why they couldn’t pick up the book in their own country either.