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Rebekka Johnson Biography
Rebekka Johnson is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Rebekka is recognized for her portrayal of Dawn Rivecca on Netflix’s wrestling comedy GLOW. The famous actress was featured on MTV’s prank show Boiling Points. Johnson has also been performing with her musical comedy group. The group is called The Apple Sisters consisting of Kimmy Gatewood and Sarah Lowe since 2007.
Rebekka Johnson Age
Rebekka was born in Staten Island, New York, U.S. Both of her parents worked as teachers at Tech. They’re retired now but her dad still teaches at College of Staten Island. Details of her age and parents names have not been shared.
Rebekka Johnson Education | Career
Rebekka attended the Montclair State University in New Jersey, then started going into Manhattan to take classes at the UCB [Upright Citizen’s Brigade]. She was later a teacher at another improv place, The PIT ]People’s Improv Theatre].
She even did her thing at the ol’ Muddy Cup on Van Duzer back in 2002, with the UCB improv group The Neutrinos.
Back in 2002, She stated “I like making people laugh,” said Ms. Johnson, who started in a different group in college, where she was an acting major. Improvisation to her is “about supporting each other in the group” and “showing that reality is funny.” She discovered improvisation in college and has traveled as far as Edinburgh, Scotland, to do it. Johnson co-starred in “Boiling Points.” The MTV show requires her to agitate strangers, who earn $100 if they don’t lose their cool. Rebekka portrays Dawn “Edna Rosenblatt”/”Nuke” Rivecca in the series Glow.
On an interview with silive.com the actress was asked about how she landed her role on Glow she had this to say “Kimmy and I had been working together on a show called the ‘Milk Factory,’ when we heard from a casting director who saw us when we were still in New York — but kept in touch with us through the years.
They wanted a comedy duo. We auditioned for ‘GLOW’ together and there was a lot of improv in our audition. We were pushing the limits of ‘Gorgeous,’ with the biggest hair and the ugliest ’80s clothes. Kimmy did a leap move; then I did a jump-split. Yeah, that’s where my Staten Island Ballet training came in handy. I think that jump sealed the deal.”Rebekka Johnson
The Apple Sisters
Johnson is co-creator of The Apple Sisters which is a World War II musical comedy trio. The group consists of Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson, and Sarah Lowe. It started in 2007 in New York City. They received wide acclaim at the 2008 Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. This leads them to move to Los Angeles where they continually perform.
Rebekka Johnson Movies | TV Shows
|2018||Consent, a Short Comedy About a Serious Subject||Libby / Producer / Writer||Short film|
|2013||Jazz Fever||Pregnant Mabel / Producer||Short film|
|2018||WWE SmackDown||Herself||Episode: “The Road to WWE Extreme Rules 2018 Begins”|
|2017||A Christmas Story Live!||Candy Apple||The Apple Sisters|
|2016||We Don’t Hate It Here||Edie|
Rebekka Johnson Net Worth
Johnson has an estimated net worth of $700,000 USD.
Rebekka Johnson Glow
GLOW is an American comedy web television series created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. The series revolves around a fictionalization of the characters and gimmicks of the 1980s syndicated women’s professional wrestling circuit, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (or GLOW) founded by David McLane.
The first season consists of 10 episodes and was released on Netflix on June 23, 2017. On August 10, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for the second season of 10 episodes. It premiered on June 29, 2018. The series was renewed for a third season on August 20, 2018. Other recurring casts include Rich Sommer as Mark Eagan, Bashir Salahuddin as Keith Bang and Marc Evan Jackson as Gary.
Rebekka Johnson Crazy Ex Girlfriend
The fourth and final season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premiered on The CW on October 12, 2018, and will consist of 18 episodes. The season stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a distraught young woman, dealing with the consequences of pleading guilty to attempted murder at the end of the previous season. Vincent Rodriguez III, Donna Lynne Champlin, Pete Gardner, Vella Lovell, Gabrielle Ruiz, Scott Michael Foster, and Skylar Astin co-star. Rebekka Johnson as Elated Cat
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21 things to know about Netflix’s ‘GLOW’ scene stealer from Staten Island
LADIES & GENTLEMEN! IN STATEN ISLAND’S CORNER …
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — On the rare occasion I get a shot in the ring with an up-and-comer “from” Staten Island, those hyped-up hometown roots typically pan out to be pretty damn weak.
Wrestling up a meaty handful of authentic connections is a big stretch.
BOOM! That’s not the case with Westerleigh native Rebekka Johnson, a reluctantly body-slamming, unabashedly scene-stealing supporting player on the critically acclaimed new Netflix series, “GLOW.”
Full disclosure: I was pinned to the mat for all 10 episodes. Binged it.
The ensemble comedy-drama follows a disparate/desperate crew of ’80s ladies who reinvent themselves as the disarmingly empowered “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” — under the totally retro-tutelage of sexist pig director Sam Sylvia (comic-podcaster-actor Marc Maron in a riveting performance). Created by the Emmy-winning team behind “Orange Is the New Black,” the series was inspired (loosely) by the real-life cult series of the same name that burned broadly, yet briefly, back in the Reagan Era.
Portraying one-half of the dithering tag-team duo “The Beatdown Biddies,” the raven-haired actress also plays a pivotal role in an outrageous — but supremely effective — finale plot twist that I, frustratingly, better not spoil here.
Rebekka recently took some time to chat with me about “GLOW.” Read on for a few facts you might not know about this “kayfabe” (look it up if ya don’t know) femme fatale:
BEFORE THE SPANDEX BRAWLING: REBEKKA WAS A TECH GIRL
“Yeah, I was a nerd” (laughs). I went to PS 30, IS 51 and Staten Island Tech for high school. I was a performer, which is funny: At the time, there was no budget at Tech for costumes or shows. Ingrid Michaelson and I were best friends in high school; we’re still good friends. Her and I would buy things and get my mom to make the costumes — both my parents worked as teachers at Tech. They’re retired now but my dad still teaches at College of Staten Island.
SHE MIGHT HAVE SERVED YOU IN LIVINGSTON
While waiting to see if Netflix picks up “GLOW” for a second season (they better, dammit), Rebekka quips: “I hope all this works out so I don’t have to go back to waiting tables. That’s what I used to do: I was a waitress at RH Tugs.”
For you newcomers out there: Chef/restaurateur Julian Gaxholli’s Blue at 1115 Richmond Terrace was once the home of Ray Heffernan and Maureen Campbell’s near-legendary RH Tugs, a long-beloved waterfront bar and restaurant. BTW: The old Tugs’ sign lives on. Check it out in the video below:
SHE’S A LEGIT UPRIGHT IMPROV COMEDY CITIZEN
In fact, she’s a veteran with street cred: “I’ve been doing improv for 20 years. I started when I was in college [at Montclair State University] in New Jersey, then started going into Manhattan to take classes at the UCB [Upright Citizen’s Brigade]. Then I was a teacher at another improv place, The PIT ]People’s Improv Theatre].”
She even did her thing at the ol’ Muddy Cup on Van Duzer back in 2002, with the UCB improv group The Neutrinos.
Back in 2002, the starry-eyed funny lady had this to say to SILive: “I like making people laugh,” said Ms. Johnson, who started in a different group in college, where she was an acting major. Improvisation to her is “about supporting each other in the group” and “showing that reality is funny.”
SHE REACHED HER ‘BOILING POINT’ ON MTV WITH LADY GAGA
FLASHBACK TO 2005: “It’s completely made up, you’re watching the process,” said Westerleigh native Rebekka Johnson, who co-stars in “Boiling Points.” The MTV show requires her to agitate strangers, who earn $100 if they don’t lose their cool.
She discovered improvisation in college and has traveled as far as Edinburgh, Scotland, to do it.
“It’s a risk, maybe it will be good, maybe it will be bad, but most of the time it’s funny,” she said. “I could be anyone, anywhere – an astronaut, a big fat man.”
Check out Rebekka in the clip below — yes, that’s a pre-fame Lady GaGa
YES, THAT IS STEFANI GERMANOTTA
Soon to be seen in “A Star is Born” opposite Bradley Cooper. Just sayin’
SHE KNOCKED OUT ‘GLOW’ CASTING AGENTS WITH … THE DANCE.
How a young wife and mom became a Beatdown Biddie:
“Kimmy and I had been working together on a show called the ‘Milk Factory,’ when we heard from a casting director who saw us when we were still in New York — but kept in touch with us through the years. They wanted a comedy duo. We auditioned for ‘GLOW’ together and there was a lot of improv in our audition. We were pushing the limits of ‘Gorgeous,’ with the biggest hair and the ugliest ’80s clothes. Kimmy did a leap move; then I did a jump-split. Yeah, that’s where my Staten Island Ballet training came in handy. I think that jump sealed the deal.”
WHICH BEGS THE QUESTION: WERE YOU INJURED DURING ANY OF THOSE WRESTLING STUNTS?
“No. The only time I was injured was Episode 9 when I was roller skating. The moment when I fell was not scripted. I’m just not good at roller skating. My tailbone is pretty much better. Hopefully it will be all better by when — if — we get a second season.”
SHE CAN HANG ON THE ‘JERSEY SHORE’
No, she’s not in the much-hyped “Jersey Shore” reunion. Rebbeka was recruited for an episode of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s YouTube channel for Awestruck TV.
When the recent star of “Celebrity Apprentice” with Arnold Schwarzenegger was taking meetings recently in L.A., she did double-duty for her online series by filming an episode at Nerdist Improv School.
“When it came up they wanted to take improv classes, it just seemed to make sense at Nerdist,” said Rebekka, who teaches at the school. “I’ve still got a lot of Staten Island in me. I tried to get rid of it in acting school but it will come out if I’m drunk. I can use it for work — or for emphasis (laughs).
And, yes, Nicole (the “Moms with Attitude” star has moved beyond Snooki now, folks) gave us a quote: “Rebekka was such a cool and down to earth East Coast chick! She gave amazing insight on improv class and made me feel totally comfortable with letting loose in each exercise. Totally a fan.”
Random trivia note: Rebekka also starred as Angela/Deena in “Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin’ Rock Opera,” a 2011 musical parody that scored good notices in the New York Fringe Festival. Hence the crazy-a** photo above.
WHEN BIDDIE MET SNOOKI
Here’s a clip of Staten Island’s own “Beatdown Biddie” busting out her hard-earned improvisational chops to teach “Snooki” and Joey Camasta — in a totally rad Lorrie Morgan concert T — some skills.
SHE HAS A BUNNY RABBIT RING.
“I wanted something weird and I got something weird.” Watch the video to find out what this means — and for a few details about Rebekka’s glam plan — and her heavy-metal-loving “GLOW” hair-dresser character, Dawn Rivecca. Yep, I am going all InStyle Magazine on your butt. Please don’t shame me in the comments.
SPOILER ALERT: YES, SHE HAS A KKK WRESTLING SCENE
OK, we are trying not give away any spoilers here, but Rebekka and her partner in comedy, Kimmy, are put into a really difficult “heel”situation (for the un-wrestling-initiated, again, Google it), that takes on serious racial overtones.
Suffice to say, in an attempt to incite the worst wrestling villains ever — and, in turn, save a struggling upstart female wrestling franchise with tabloid drama — some subversive white-supremacist villain imagery is invoked.
OK, that’s all we’re saying. We spoke with Rebekka about this but our convo might give a crucial plot point away. So, you just gotta watch on Netflix.
We think Rebekka’s “Glow” co-star teases it best: “I felt so bad for Kimmy and Rebekka. They were very nervous about wearing [those] hoods and I’m saying ‘Hey, this is the real deal,”‘ co-star Kia Stevens told TV Guide.”This is visceral. This is what wrestling really is. People are given gimmicks that they actually struggle with and are uncomfortable with and if you wanna make it in wrestling, sometimes you have to eat crow and fly with it.”
SHE’S ONE OF THE APPLE SISTERS
Rebekka is one-third of this wacky, 1940s-inspired musical comedy trio: The Apple Sisters are Candy (Rebekka), Cora (“GLOW” co-star Kimmy Gatewood) and Seedy Apple (Sarah Lowe).
From a 2008 Time Out New York review: “By the end of an Apple Sisters show, [they] are heaving, sweating and covered in a patina of pudding and corn. The packed house is going nuts, clearly appreciating how rare it is to watch original dance numbers, hear three-part harmonies and witness grown women spit kernals on one another in an upstart indie comedy show.”
Being outrageous worked: The threesome was accepted into the prestigious Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal, where agents and managers came a courting.
“They said, ‘Hey, you should move to L.A.,'” she recalls. “So, since 2009 I’ve lived out there but I still do shows with the Apple Sisters. We have a show coming up in Vegas.”
SHE’S A SOCIAL MEDIA MAVEN IN THE MAKING
You can follow this witty chick on social: She’s @HelloRebekka on Insta, Twitter and Facebook. Plus: She’s currently writing a “bunch of stuff” in pre-production, so keep your eyes peeled for Rebekka, folks.