Q and A - Rihanna (Battleship)


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The music star makes her acting debut in Battleship
Following the release of her debut album, Music of the Sun, Rihanna has gone on to win five American Music Awards, 18 Billboard Music Awards, two BRITs and six Grammy Awards. Her sixth album, Talk That Talk, was released in late 2011 and the lead single, We Found Love, became her 11th number one on the Billboard chart. She is only the seventh artist ever to have achieved this feat. For her movie debut she takes on the role of Raikes in the high-stakes adventure Battleship from acclaimed director Peter Berg. Starring alongside Taylor Kitsch, Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker and Liam Neeson, Raikes, a modern-day US Navy recruit, kicks into action when the world’s battleships are called upon to intercept an intergalactic force that has designs on planet Earth.

Q: Who do you play in Battleship?
A: My character is named Raikes and she’s a bad ass. She’s really tough and she’s one of the boys. She can play just as hard as them, if not harder, although “Hopper” [Taylor Kitsch] is even more bad ass than she is. She’s really intense, but nobody is as intense as Hopper. To me, he’s a bit of a rebel. He does things that aren’t very safe. He takes chances. He’s fearless, and that’s where the tension comes from. I really enjoyed making the movie. It’s a really cool role and we had a very excellent director. It was my first film and to be in such a big film, as a freshman, it was really helpful to have such great direction. The fact that Peter Berg has been on the actors’ side of the camera also helps.

Q: Did you enjoy playing a ‘bad ass’?
A: Definitely! It’s like my everyday life! No, seriously, I had to push even more than I expected. I couldn’t just be tough on the surface, I really had to work hard on connecting my mind to my character all the time and to keep in that frame of mind. For me, that was the hardest part, but once you have that down, your actions become like the person you’re portraying.

Rihanna in Battleship
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Q; Did you have acting aspirations before Peter Berg asked you on board Battleship?
A: Doing movies and getting into acting is something that I always wanted to try and I never knew whether I would like it, hate it, or love it, but I just wanted to try it. It ended up being a really awesome experience!

Q: Did your experiences shooting music videos help with the transition into acting?
A: Not at all, it’s way different. When filming music videos, I’m Rihanna, and that’s easy. But for the movie I kind of had to get rid of all things Rihanna, in order to be Raikes.

Q: Had you ever played the board game, ‘Battleship’?
A: Actually, I didn’t even know of the game, because in Barbados that game doesn’t even exist. Production gave me one of the board games when I first came to set. They had all these toys in there, which was really cool.

Q: What was it like working with Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgård?
A: Really nice, they are great guys. Taylor is just super fun and Alex is really funny, very kind, very sweet, and such a gentleman. I watched them a lot and watched their scenes even when I wasn’t shooting. Taylor would just give me little tips here and there, which I appreciated a lot, because it was my first time. Every now and then he would say something like, ‘Try doing push-ups so you are breathing heavy for the scene,’ and things like that. It’s really cool that it’s such a colorful cast, in terms of the different levels of experience in acting, me being the baby.

Q: How does working with a producer in the music business compare to working with a director on a film set?
A: It’s much more of a collaboration with a producer, as opposed to in a movie, where the director is giving very specific direction. Sometimes the director lets you play, but there’s still something very specific that he wants. With a producer, it’s like ping pong, you go back and forth with ideas.

Q: Is it hard to go back and forth between music and film?
A: No, it was fantastic, and with the movie there was no pressure on me. I thoroughly enjoyed that. The experience was so different compared to music. Every day it’s a lot of routine, which I am not used to. I’m used to getting on a plane every day or being in a different time zone every day. But on a film set you are just in one place for a long period of time, you start work every day at the same time, and you end every day at the same time. You get the weekends off, but it’s very routine, which was very different for me. I liked it. I don’t see why I can’t do both acting and music. They are definitely both things that I love.

Rihanna, wet, in Battleship
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Q: Have you learned anything about yourself from the acting experience?
A: There’s a lot that I have learned about myself. I had to let my guard down and really face the truth and that was really hard for me to do. With acting, you really can’t hide from your emotions. Tapping into them is what makes good acting.

Q: What kind of films do you like?
A: I love comedies and I love action. I love anything that’s a suspense thriller. I love horror too, but I don’t think I would want to act in a horror film. There’s too much screaming!

Q: Is fashion one of your creative outlets?
A: I love fashion. I love anything creative, so fashion is definitely just another outlet for me. I love designing and I love modifying, changing things up, and really I just enjoy the thrill of daring yourself to make things work. I like risky fashion!

Battleship is in cinemas now.

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