Rose Byrne pockets $1.2million of taxpayers’ money for tourism campaign

Rose Byrne pockets $1.2million of taxpayers’ money for her work on the recent Australian tourism campaign

Australian actress Rose Byrne has received a very generous pay check of $1.2million of taxpayers’ money to voice Ruby the ‘Roo in the latest Tourism Australia campaign.

Her co-star, Canadian actor Will Arnett, also received the hefty sum for his work voicing Louie the Toy Unicorn in the global Come and Say G’Day advertisement.

Despite the exorbitant cost for a voice acting job, Showbiz reporter Peter Ford appeared on The Morning Show on Wednesday morning to reassure the public that it covered more than just an advertisement.

Actress Rose Byrne, 43, (pictured) has just received a very generous pay check of $1.2million of taxpayers' dollars to voice Ruby the 'Roo in the latest Tourism Australia campaign

Actress Rose Byrne, 43, (pictured) has just received a very generous pay check of $1.2million of taxpayers’ dollars to voice Ruby the ‘Roo in the latest Tourism Australia campaign

‘Is this a good investment? Well, of course it becomes the headline that she got all that money just to do the voice of a kangaroo. But it actually is bigger than that,’ he told co-hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies. 

‘It’s a two year deal in which Rose, and Will, will be involved in various promotional exercises including using their social media and appearing on TV shows.

‘Rose already appeared on Jimmy Fallon [an American talk show] specifically to talk about this campaign. Now that in itself is worth a lot of money.’

Her co-star, Canadian actor Will Arnett, 52, (pictured) also received the hefty sum for his work voicing Louie the Toy Unicorn in the global Come and Say G'Day advertisement

Her co-star, Canadian actor Will Arnett, 52, (pictured) also received the hefty sum for his work voicing Louie the Toy Unicorn in the global Come and Say G’Day advertisement

The actress, 43, who hails from Sydney, attended the launch of Tourism Australia’s new global campaign in New York City on October 19 alongside 52-year-old Will.

She’s currently filming scenes for season three of her Apple TV show Physical in San Pedro, California. 

Rose plays tortured housewife-turned-aerobics guru Sheila in the series.

Despite the exorbitant cost for a voice acting job, Showbiz reporter Peter Ford (right) appeared on The Morning Show on Wednesday morning to reassure it covered more than just an advertisement

Despite the exorbitant cost for a voice acting job, Showbiz reporter Peter Ford (right) appeared on The Morning Show on Wednesday morning to reassure it covered more than just an advertisement

Physical also stars Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel, Della Saba, Lou Taylor Pucci, Paul Sparks and Ashley Liao.

Rose recently showered praise on the female-led stories coming out of the industry while speaking to Marie Claire magazine.

The Bridesmaids star said that many films and TV series focused on women probably would not have been made five years ago

'Is this a good investment? Well, of course it becomes the headline that she got all that money just to do the voice of a kangaroo. But it actually is bigger than that,' he told co-hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies (both pictured left)

‘Is this a good investment? Well, of course it becomes the headline that she got all that money just to do the voice of a kangaroo. But it actually is bigger than that,’ he told co-hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies (both pictured left)

‘Shows like Physical or Mrs America probably wouldn’t have been made five years ago,’ Byrne said, adding the script for Physical was written eight years ago.

‘Stories about women are finally ready to be told and seen through a real female lens, literally – Physical’s cinematographer is a woman.’

Outside of Physical, the busy actress has also been cast as New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the upcoming film They Are Us. 

'Rose already appeared on Jimmy Fallon [an American talk show] specifically to talk about this campaign,' Ford said

‘Rose already appeared on Jimmy Fallon [an American talk show] specifically to talk about this campaign,’ Ford said

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