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Meet Big Brother VIP’s Ellie Gonsalves, the model Dwayne Johnson handpicked to star in his blockbuster movie

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Ellie Gonsalves has carved out a multi-hyphened career for herself, plus she’s a philanthropist, and she’s recently cut her hair into a drastic pixie – basically, she means business.

The influencer is best known for modelling and her appearance on Big Brother VIP, which saw her share the screen with some of the most chaotic, outspoken, and infamous celebrities from around the world, like Thomas Markle and Caitlyn Jenner.

Ellie turned 30 in February, which makes her an Aquarius.

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Let’s dive into her extraordinary world of big brand campaigns, Hollywood movies and charity work to find out what the model is bringing to the table.

Where is Ellie Gonsalves from?

Ellie is from the Gold Coast, which is where she began her modelling career at age 13. However, it wouldn’t take long for her to branch out around Australia.

Who has she modelled for?

Ellie has an impressive modelling portfolio, and she’s collaborated with local and international brands.

She’s worked closely with Guess, and she’s covered Stellar and Maxim magazine.

Ellie has modelled for brands we all love like Revolve, Khloe Kardashian’s label Good American and Yellow Tail.

She’s also an ambassador for L’Oréal, which is one of her most notable collaborations.

The actor is a regular at Australian fashion week.

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Is Ellie Gonsalves an actor?

The influencer has dabbled in acting, and it looks like she’s building up her resume in the hopes of striking it big in Hollywood.

Her most notable role is in Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s blockbuster movie called Fighting With My Family.

According to her personal website, The Rock handpicked Ellie to play WWE fighter Madison in 2017.

In 2019, she worked on the dark comedy short film Zebra as its star and as a co-producer.

Big Brother VIP isn’t the model’s first foray with reality TV.

She appeared on the award-winning show by Blackfella Films called Filthy Rich and Homeless, which aired on SBS Australia.

Ellie at a screening of Fighting With My Family.

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It featured five famous Australians who spent 10 days homeless in New South Wales, with only second-hand clothing and a sleeping bag.

In an interview with, Ellie spoke about how initially she wanted to turn down the opportunity, but she decided it was a rare chance to change Australia’s views on homelessness.

“If I’m completely honest, when I was initially approached to take part in the documentary series I was pretty closed off to the idea.

“I was asked to do something and be around people I have been conditioned my entire life to avoid – it was scary,” she told the publication.

“I knew it would be an opportunity to help others and potentially change the circumstances of homelessness in our country.”

Does Ellie Gonsalves work with any charities?

In 2020, Ellie became the global ambassador for the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors charity, which Steve and Terri Irwin founded.

This isn’t the first time the Irwin family have recognised the model. In 2018, she received the Wildlife Warriors award during the Steve Irwin day charity event for her work, as reported on her website.

In fact, her very romantic proposal in November 2021 took place at the iconic Australia Zoo…

Ross chose a public proposal to surprise Ellie.

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Who is Ellie Gonsalves’ fiancé?

Ellie has been with her fiancé, Ross Scutts, for 13 years, and the entrepreneur works closely with the model.

The pair finally got engaged in November 2021 when Ross surprised her by proposing at Australia Zoo.

The blonde beauty was gleefully shocked when he got down on one knee as she co-hosted a croc show with Terri Irwin, her son Robert, and Bindi’s husband, Chandler Powell.

Ross has described himself as Ellie’s managing and consulting partner, who helps develop her brand, online presence, and career on his Linkedin.

He also co-produced Zebra with her and is a supporter of the Wildlife Warriors.

Ellie has been with her fiancé, Ross Scutts, for 13 years.

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The couple celebrated their 13th anniversary this year, and Ellie took to her Instagram to mark the celebratory occasion.

She posted a photo carousel from their night together, and she captioned the cute moments, “Can’t believe I’ve been lucky enough to share this life with you for almost 13 years and we still smilin’ like we honeymooning🍦💕💫.”

Their friend Bindi Irwin sweetly commented on the picture, “So much love for you guys. ❤️.”

After the proposal, the couple shared celebratory photos from their post-engagement bliss.

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