Rosie Talks DOTM, Country Girl Life25/05/2011
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has faced challenges before: high heels, raging bulls and pheasants. Think replacing Megan Fox in the new Transformers film is tough? Not until you read these.
Covering the new Complex Magazine, Huntington-Whiteley, a Victoria’s Secret supermodel from rural England, chatted about how she got the role, revealing that the casting was just as big a surprise to her as it was to the general robot-loving public.
“[Director] Michael [Bay] was great. We shot a commercial in 2009 for Victoria’s Secret, that’s where we met. Then he sent me an email last summer. He said, ‘I’d like to put you on tape for this role for Transformers,'” Huntington-Whiteley revealed. “I figured it was going to be a small role, or an extra. I didn’t jump on the idea, but I believe you should always take a meeting, so I went to the casting and went on tape. A couple days later, Michael sent me a message saying, ‘We want you for the female lead, is that something you’d consider?’ I met Shia that evening, then a week later I was doing a screen test, and two weeks after that I was doing my first scene. So it happened really, really quick.”
Perhaps the 24-year old impressed Bay with her running; while she makes a living slowly strutting down the catwalk, Whiteley is no stranger to having to turn on the jets to save her life. Bulls, she says, are very sensitive when you step on their land while they’re with the lady cows.
That being said, she doesn’t always give deference to her farm animals. She was pretty frank when discussing her shooting of livestock on her parents’ farm.
“I know where my food comes from. I don’t get sad ’cause you don’t build relationships with those animals,” Huntington-Whiteley said. “I’m a farm girl; there’s the pigs, that’s the dog that I play with and love, but it’s the pig that’s gonna be in the freezer next month.”
If she is tough with the robots in “Transformers” as she is on the farm, well, she may help make the third chapter in the epic series the most successful yet.