Rebel Wilson is well-known for her versatility as an actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. When many women were afraid to speak up, the #MeToo movement encouraged them to do so. Rebel recently admitted that she wished the #MeToo movement had existed when she was assaulted.
According to People, Rebel Wilson has spoken up about being assaulted by an unnamed male co-star in the past. When reflecting on the incident, which occurred before the #MeToo movement, the “Pitch Perfect” alum called it “awful and disgusting.” She went on to tell the outlet that, “He called me into a room and pulled down his pants,” Wilson said, adding that the co-star urged her to do a lewd act in front of his friends.
“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.”
Wilson, who holds a law degree, claimed that the attack was “documented.” She did not namedrop anyone.
“I called my rep. I got certain things in writing about what happened. Definitely amongst industry circles, I made sure people knew what happened.”
“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.”
Wilson still grapples with the decision to continue working with the actor and finish the film she was in production on when the assault occurred. Obviously a traumatic event like that can not be understated.
“Why did I stay in that situation with that awful guy? I should have left. It wasn’t worth it. 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. 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.”
Wilson is now utilizing her position to highlight “strong girl power and female empowerment themes” in her films. It’s all about making good changes for her, from body positivity to her health transformation to releasing new films, such as Senior Year, which was one of Netflix’s top 10 releases this weekend.
“I want to have strong girl-power and female empowerment themes in the movies that I make. I want to entertain people and I want people to walk away with something positive. We made it with love, and we shot it in Atlanta and there’s so many new, fresh faces in the film who I’m very proud of as a producer. As the mama of the film in a way, I’m very, very proud of them and all the hard work that everybody did.”
Many women look forward to female celebrities as role models, and since Rebel indicated that she will be standing up for herself from now on, she will be providing many such women the bravery they need to speak up for themselves. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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