Rebel Wilson recalls negotiating $10m for Pitch Perfect 3

Rebel Wilson managed to persuade Universal to give her $10m for 'Pitch Perfect 3' credit:Bang Showbiz
Rebel Wilson managed to persuade Universal to give her $10m for 'Pitch Perfect 3' credit:Bang Showbiz

Rebel Wilson managed to negotiate $10 million for 'Pitch Perfect 3'.

The 44-year-old actress has recalled going from getting paid a measly $3,500 for her small part in 2011 rom-com classic 'Bridesmaids', to persuading Universal Studios to up her paycheck by $1 million for her role as Fat Amy in the 2017 movie in the musical comedy series, which was a big deal as a woman in Hollywood.

She told The New York Times while promoting her tell-all memoir, 'Rebel Rising': "Universal Studios are incredible, but did they make a ton of money from the ‘Pitch Perfect' movies? Yes.

"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.' 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."

The 'Hustle' star previously claimed she had a clause in her contract for the trilogy that meant she could not lose or gain a certain amount of weight.

She told the 'Call Her Daddy' podcast last year: "You can't lose - I think it's not more than 10 pounds or gain more than 10 pounds. You have to kind of stay at the weight. It's in your contract."

However, Rebel shared how some fans turned on her when she shed the pounds.

She said: "Some were like, ‘Oh, we don't think she's funny anymore,' or, ‘Now she's lost me as a fan because I can't relate to her anymore.'

"But I think if they read the book they'll understand my journey with weight and health. Obviously I have a sweet tooth. That's my vice. And in times of stress, I'd been dealing with it by eating. I don't think that will ever, ever go away."

Rebel shed 77lbs during her "Year of Health" in 2020, and later gained 30lbs due to stress, whilst she just revealed she tried the Hollywood weight loss injection, Ozempic, briefly.

In an interview with Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, she said: "Someone like me could have a bottomless appetite for sweets, so I think those drugs can be good."