meet rachel roberts, riri's beautiful BBHMM victim
Starring in what’s no doubt the music video of the year, everybody’s talking about the model turned actress, the politics of her kidnap and how bloody great her boobs look upside down.
When Rihanna asks you to be in her new music video, it's not something you think twice about. Sure, it's gonna be controversial, but it's also gonna be badass, a global success and really fucking cool. Adding kidnapped wifey to her already impressive CV of cover star credits and movie roles including hologram megastar S1mone in Al Pacino's cult 2002 title of the same name, the dream girl proves her worth in the NSFW and LNV-rated BBHMM. We catch up with the Next Models beauty to discuss her new skills and tackle the backlash claiming the video is anti-feminist.
How did you react when Riri requested you for the video?
I didn't have much time to react since it came together very quickly. I was in Paris and I knew it was really happening when Rihanna's team asked if they could send someone to my hotel to fit me for the grills I wore.
Which scene was the most fun to shoot?
The party scene in the seedy motel was wild. I actually got to act without being bound and gagged.
Did you encounter any problems on set?
The whole thing was a roller coaster ride. There were so many locations and it was shot very guerrilla-style that I just had to hang on for dear life.
How long can you hold your breath for?
I'm a surfer so I'm used to holding my breath for as long as it takes to get out of the "spin cycle" when I get thrown.
How did you feel about being hung upside down naked?
Because I'm doing a stunt, I was more worried about getting hurt than having no clothes on. But it is definitely a first for me.
Did you expect the project to be controversial from the offset?
I know Rihanna was trying to be provocative. I like the song but it's an angry song so I knew the video was going to be raw and edgy.
Have you personally received any negative feedback online?
I don't go looking for it. I'm sure if looked hard enough, I could find it. But for the most part it's been positive.
As the kidnapee, what do you think to the claims that the video is anti-feminist?
First of all, people have to remember that it's a music video and all I'm doing is playing a role. I realize some people will not like that Rihanna's character is torturing the wife of the man she wants to get even with before she kills him but that was the story. Beyond that, I don't think it's particularly useful to argue the politics of the video since it was always meant to be over-the-top and not taken too seriously.
You certainly showed off your acting skills. What would your dream movie role be?
After this, maybe a romantic comedy?
Text Francesca Dunn