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Meet Ellie Gonsalves, the model Dwayne Johnson handpicked to star in his blockbuster movie - and she's about to take over Big Brother VIP

One thing we know for sure: Ellie is good at is hustling.

By Faye Couros
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 who is best known for her modelling is about to appear on Big Brother VIP, and while it's unclear what audiences should expect from the 30-year-old, if her career so far is anything to go by, Ellie is clearly down for anything.
She's set to 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. Instagram
So, with such big personalities in the mix, will Ellie be able to hold her own?
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. Instagram
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. Instagram
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 News.com, 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.
Ellie with her partner of 13 years Ross Scutts. Instagram
Who is Ellie Gonsalves' boyfriend?
Ellie has been with her boyfriend, Ross Scutts, for 13 years, and the entrepreneur works closely with the model.
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.
The couple recently celebrated their 13th anniversary, 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. ❤️."

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