Rihanna already dominates the pop charts, and with her new role in Battleship, the Barbadian singer is bringing her talents as a performer to a brand-new venue. We recently sat down with the actress at Pearl Harbor, where much of the action movie was shot, to talk about her debut as an actress. She talked about toughening up to fire some major weapons in her role as Petty Officer Raikes and why "everything" about making her first movie scared her. She also told us she could relate to the Navy officer's role as the lone woman in a sea of guys, which she said mirrors her "tomboy" childhood and the male-dominated music industry. Check out our interview and see Battleship in theaters starting May 18!View Transcript »
even in the music industry it's very male dominated, my friends are all guys. It was heavy and a lot of vibration, a lot of firepower. It felt cool. What scared you the most about doing this Everything. No, really, [xx]. True. I was terrified because it was a whole new world. It was a I mean, it's a big industry and it's one that I have a lot of respect for and acting. And I didn't know what I was doing so lucky something so big being part of such a huge film there is a lot of pressure and I have to keep up with other actors I was nervous. Well, after doing this film, do you think you'll keep acting? Like, do you have any other projects in mind right now? I do want to keep I think I had an incredible experience the first time, and it only made me want to do more. You actually worked with a pretty had asked military woman to train for all the guns you have to use in this. What is the craziest gun she had you shoot? We ended up shooting a gun that was you know, she very rarely got to [xx]. She was really excited about that. She couldn't wait for me to that gun and it was the gun on the [xx] and [xx] instead of a [xx]. We had so much fun shooting that weapon. It was heavy and a lot of vibration, a lot of fire power, which felt cool. You are already in great shape. Did you have to take it to the next level? to be able to handle like all this machinery in the movie? I definitely had to do a lot of strength training with my upper body I had to carry a lot of heavy machinery and that I wasn't really prepared for it in this film so I have to pay attention to that for sure. Yeah. A lot of push-ups. Now your character in the film is obviously kind of the girl in the guys' club, so could you relate to that a little bit? My whole life has been that way. Growing up as a child. My younger brothers, all my cousins, all their friends. It was just two girls and fifteen or so guys who grew up. I went to school, adopted the same kind of behavior and friends and the same dynamic and even in the music industry, it is so male dominated, so my friends are all guys. Well, I know you said you felt like a tomboy growing up. Oh yeah, and certainly in this film. You had to be. Overly tomboy.