Asked how her parents came up with it, she said: "A little girl named Rebel sang at my parents' wedding. My mum is really big on theme names like that - my sisters are called Liberty and Annachi, and my brother is Ryot. I did pretty well in comparison. I love it.

"You can't be a shrinking violet if you have a name like Rebel. It gives me an edge and helps me not give in to my fears. I try to live that way."

Meanwhile, the 'Pitch Perfect 2' star claims she only gets offered roles that other actresses turn down.

She told America's Star magazine: "I pick up the roles other actresses don't want. When there are two sisters and one's the uglier sister, there's always no actress that wants to go for it. I'm like, 'Why not? They're the best roles!'

Asked why she thinks audiences have responded so well to her, she said: "I think it's because I have a lot of drive and energy and I don't take things too seriously. My life is about speaking up, not being afraid, being proud of who I am, and just see how far that takes me."