'She's not as crazy as you'd think,' says model starring in Rihanna's B**** Better Have My Money video
Rihanna's latest music video, for single B**** Better Have My Money, is preceded by a warning of violence, nudity and bad language.
What follows is a seven-minute-long mini-movie that involves all of the above, plus a healthy dose of drug taking, torture, kidnapping and vandalism, and, of course, some serious fashion (note: a vintage Goyard trunk to die for).
The video was directed by the singer and creative company MegaForce and stars model Rachel Roberts, who Rihanna hand-picked to play the pivotal character, the b**** in question's glamorous wife. The Canadian 37-year-old, who has modelled for the likes of Vogue and Victoria's Secret, is also an experienced actress having starred in 2002 film S1m0ne, Mad Men and Entourage.
Here, we talk to her about the process of making the risqué video...
What is your role in the video?
I play the wife of a character played by Mads Mikkelsen who owes Rihanna a lot of money. Not a smart move by him. You don’t want to make Rihanna angry. She takes me hostage to get the money back.
How did Rihanna cast you?
I did an improv audition which she apparently liked.
Why do you think she chose you?
I’m guessing it was partly my look. With enough hair and make-up time I can look like some wealthy European aristocrat (even though I’m a Canadian surfer chick at heart!). It might also have had something to do with my acting.
What was it like to work with Rihanna?
She is not as crazy as you might think. She definitely has her wild side but she's also very professional and hands-on. She had a complete, carefully thought out vision for what she wanted. And she made everyone feel part of a team.
What direction did she give you?
It kind of boiled down to "go for it". She wanted to make sure I was game for anything.
How did she explain her vision for the video?
She had a meticulous storybook of what she and her co-directors, MegaForce, wanted.
The video is pretty dark, particularly where your character is concerned, were you apprehensive at any point during filming?
It was pretty raw, guerilla-style film making but I’ve been around enough film sets to know how to take care of myself.
Were you nervous for people to see it?
Fortunately, I’ve been doing this long enough that I know not to get too caught up in what other people think.
The reaction has been huge since the video was released, were you expecting it?
I’d have to living under a rock not to realize anything Rihanna does at this point in her career is going to get a lot of attention.