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Rebel Wilson is giving a whole new meaning to the Los Angeles Rams’ rallying cry, “Rams’ house.”
Last year, the NFL draft picks brought us inside professional football players’ homes during the coronavirus lockdown. For the 2021 NFL drafts, teams are back in their headquarters — all except the Los Angeles Rams, who let “Pitch Perfect” star Rebel Wilson give fans an inside look at their new Malibu digs.
“Welcome to my draft house. Let me show you around,” said the 41-year-old Australian actress in the video tour released April 26. As she enters the house, Crestron smart home devices ask her, “Whose house?” — to which she replies, “Rams’ house!”
The LA-based football team has rented a secluded, six-bedroom, 5½-bathroom home in California spanning 9,000 square feet, according to a Rams representative.
The Rams teased fans with pictures on April 19 on Twitter — so The Post chatted with the Rams’ vice president of partnership marketing to find out more in time for Wilson’s tour.
“Last year, a lot of players were at home due to COVID, and fans got to see inside of coaches and GMs’ [general managers’] homes. It was a behind-the-scenes peek no one gets to see,” Lexi vonderLieth, Rams VP of partnership marketing, told The Post. “Discussing going back to the facility, we wondered how we can still have that human side to the draft.”
Back in the fall of 2020, the Rams considered 30 houses and toured 11 from Hollywood to Manhattan Beach to Venice Beach before deciding on this modern, tan stucco pad.
Wilson, an avid Rams fan, was a natural pick to unveil the house since she’s a die-hard team booster, she said.
“We wanted to do a fun ‘MTV Cribs’-like episode and bring that to life. The whole point was to show off the house and not take ourselves too seriously. Tonally, Rebel [Wilson] was a direction we felt good about,” said vonderLieth. “She’s been so amazing throughout the process of bringing this to life.”
So what do the Rams get with this luxury Malibu rental?
From a stone motor court, a covered entry leads to a glass-paneled front door.
Inside, a large, open living room with tan tiled floors boasts a luxurious fireplace. Wilson relaxes on a brown couch while facing off with punter Johnny Hekker in EA Sports’ “Madden NFL” video game.
Later in the tour, Wilson works out on a stationary bike in front of the living room’s floor-to-ceiling windows — coached by defensive lineman Aaron Donald.
The wide-open room inside the entry reflects its architect, the late Barry Berkus, who was known for designing open floor plans and integrating indoor and outdoor living.
“With COVID, we wanted to make sure we could find a house with a well-ventilated central area because we were not sure where things would fall with COVID [when they were choosing the house in fall 2020],” said vonderLieth, adding that they also wanted to make sure coaching staff, led by head coach Sean McVay, could have separate workspaces for safety reasons.
One room is labeled with a blue-and-yellow sign reading “draft room,” where coach McVay is ready for action with two whiteboards set up for planning. That space has built-in shelving and a movie projector playing football clips.
Wilson runs into general manager Les Snead in the halls, which are lined with artistic prints of the players. Commissioner Roger Goodell also makes an appearance in the video.
The “Pooch Perfect” host also stops by the kitchen for a “Rebel special” smoothie on the large kitchen island surrounded by seamless white and wood cabinetry.
Outside, the palm tree-covered one-acre lot has a golf green where offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth tees off, and Hall of Fame legend Eric Dickerson sits at the poolside wet bar with what he claims are 2,105 towels — the same number of yards he rushed in his 1984 NFL season record.
Defense players Jordan Fuller and Sebastian Joseph-Day stand in front of the Rocket Mortgage-branded infinity pool — the company sponsored the house — in the video, revealing ocean views in the distance.
Meanwhile, from the concrete cabana with an outdoor fireplace, 2020 rookie Terrell Burgess complains about getting stuck with household chores.
But the Rams house isn’t only opening up for Rebel Wilson — fans can enter to win a Rams house Malibu weekend in May. And if they get lost on the way, Wilson is here to help.
“Get on the 405 all the way until you hit the 10,” she directs quarterback Matthew Stafford, who gets lost in the video. Stafford joined the Rams this year from the Detroit Lions.
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