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2021 AACTA awards: Rebel Wilson recalls awkward first meeting with Russell Crowe

Rebel Wilson recalls awkward first meeting with Russell Crowe during speech at the 2021 AACTA awards: ‘He turned to me and he looked me right in the eyes and said, “F*** off”‘


Rebel Wilson was the first star out on stage to present an award at the 2021 AACTA awards at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday.

The 41-year-old recalled her hilarious and awkward first meeting with Academy Award winner Russell Crow, 57.

After Russell’s opening poignant remarks, he handed the microphone over to Rebel to present the award for best drama series.

Funny story: Rebel Wilson recalled awkward first meeting with Russell Crowe during her speech at the 2021 AACTA awards at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday

Before the award she shared her story: ‘I have to tell you guys a story about the very first time that I met Russell. I was a young actor. I was like 19. And, um, he was sitting there having dinner with Nicole Kidman at STC. 

‘I was like ‘Oh, my God’ and I went up to them and I was like really nervous, and he turned to me and he looked me right in the eyes and he just said, ‘f*** off’, she said as the audience laughed.

‘It’s a true story,’ the actress insisted. 

Rebel continued: ‘Many years later, Nicole Kidman gave me a scholarship to go to America and study comedy. 

Awkward: She shared that as a young actor she spotted Russell (pictured) having dinner with Nicole Kidman at a restaurant, and said: 'I went up to them and I was like really nervous, and he turned to me and he looked me right in the eyes and he just said, "f*** off"'

Awkward: She shared that as a young actor she spotted Russell (pictured) having dinner with Nicole Kidman at a restaurant, and said: ‘I went up to them and I was like really nervous, and he turned to me and he looked me right in the eyes and he just said, ‘f*** off”

Pay back: The blonde beauty continued, 'A few years ago, give me a hug, and then he, like, sweetly whispered in my ear, "I thought I told you to f*** off"

Pay back: The blonde beauty continued, ‘A few years ago, give me a hug, and then he, like, sweetly whispered in my ear, ‘I thought I told you to f*** off’

‘Um, Russell didn’t give me anything.  No Rabbitohs merch – nothing,’ the Pitch Perfect star quipped.

The blonde beauty added: ‘You know, he did, though, a few years ago, give me a hug, and then he, like, sweetly whispered in my ear, ‘I thought I told you to f*** off.’

Rebel’s career has grown exponentially since her start SBS’s comedy series, Fat Pizza, The Wedge and Bogan Pride.

Pals: Before the Academy Award winner handed over the microphone for her to present the award for best drama series, they shared a warm friendly embrace

Pals: Before the Academy Award winner handed over the microphone for her to present the award for best drama series, they shared a warm friendly embrace

Early start: Rebel's career has grown exponentially since her start SBS's comedy series, Fat Pizza (pictured as Toula Maccalopoulos), The Wedge and Bogan Pride.

Early start: Rebel’s career has grown exponentially since her start SBS’s comedy series, Fat Pizza (pictured as Toula Maccalopoulos), The Wedge and Bogan Pride. 

She later landed a small role on 2011’s Bridesmaids which lead to her big break on 2012’s Pitch Perfect.

Since then she has starred and produced a slew of films and TV shows in the US including Isn’t It Romantic and The Hustle.  

Meanwhile in her personal life, over the past 18 months she completely overhauled her lifestyle and dropped 35kgs in the process.

Big break: She later landed a small role on 2011's Bridesmaids which lead to her big break on 2012's Pitch Perfect

Big break: She later landed a small role on 2011’s Bridesmaids which lead to her big break on 2012’s Pitch Perfect

Transformation: Meanwhile in her personal life, over the past 18 months she completely overhauled her lifestyle and dropped 35kgs in the process. Pictured in 2018

Transformation: Pictured earlier this year

Transformation: Meanwhile in her personal life, over the past 18 months she completely overhauled her lifestyle and dropped 35kgs in the process. Pictured left in 2018, and right in 2021

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