Rebel Wilson Reveals #MeToo Moment With Male Co-Star Who Tried To "Destroy" Her Career
The alleged incident happened before the #MeToo movement.
Rebel Wilson has claimed she was harassed by a male co-star.
Wilson, 42, who's currently starring in the Netflix high school comedy Senior Year, pledged to make sure there was a lot of "respect" for her younger co-stars on set because she was a victim of sexual harassment years earlier.
Speaking to People, Wilson said: "I wanted to bring the hilariousness and the heart [to Senior Year ] but because there's a lot of young cast in the film, I wanted to make sure there's a lot of respect for everybody. [Years ago, a male co-star], he called me into a room and pulled down his pants. It was awful and disgusting."
In Senior Year, Wilson plays a 37-year-old woman who wakes up from a 20-year coma following a cheerleading accident.
Wilson said the alleged harassment took place before the #MeToo movement in 2017 and the actor — whom she didn't name — tried to derail her career.
She said, "And all the behaviour 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."
However, Wilson — who trained as a lawyer before turning to acting — made sure to "document" the alleged incident at the time and insisted that while the behaviour was "gross", other women have had it "worse."
The University of New South Wales law grad said: "Because I'm a lawyer, I documented it. I called my rep. I got certain things in writing about what happened. Definitely, amongst industry circles, I made sure people knew what happened.
"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."
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."
— Bang Showbiz
Senior Year is now streamng on Netflix.