“It was crazy,” Rebel recalled. “I lived in Venice [California] and I called it like the Venice drug den — there were like people who would watch you on video cameras when you came in and out of the building — it was real seedy," she joked. "There’s gorgeous areas now, but back in the day, I was scared to go out at night there and then I moved to Los Feliz.”
The funnywoman explained she sold everything she owned — her apartment, her car, her computer — when she first moved from Australia.
“Because you need a lot of money when you come to America because you can’t work until you eventually land a job in a big feature film like Bridesmaids,” she continued. “… And once I paid for an apartment and stuff, I lived on $60 a week for that first year because even though I’d shot Bridesmaids, I had to wait for that movie to come out to get any kind of love.”
To survive off just $60 dollars, Rebel shared she’d hit up her local Trader Joes.
“I’d go to Trader Joes and I would get like corn chips, guacamole and these frozen burritos that they have — I love them!” she recalled. “… The Trader Joes' ones are like 96% fat free so I was like, ‘Yes, yes, yes!’ And they really fill you up — not that I need anymore filling up,” she joked.
Ryan similarly was on a budget when he moved to Los Angeles, sharing a one bedroom with a friend and frequenting 7/11 for their similar affordable burritos and Grape-Nuts.
“My goal when I first came to America was really just to get in one American movie because … Australians really respect Australians who come to Hollywood and get in a movie,” Rebel added. “I’d done like 13 TV shows in Australia, but still my family was like, ‘Yeah, but, maybe it’s a phase.’”
Rebel joked that while Australians are “very kind of low-key about everything,” her family now loves visiting her. “They love coming to the premieres and meeting the big celebs.”