You probably first knew British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley from the pages of the Victoria’s Secret catalogue or as the former face of Burberry Body. But two years ago, she put aside her Angel wings, joined the cast of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and launched her movie career. Now 26, she’ll costar in next year’s Mad Max: Fury Road and is taking stunt tips from her long-term boyfriend, action star Jason Statham—all while dominating street-style blogs.
GLAMOUR: You’ve had amazing success as a model. Was it scary to make the leap into acting?
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: I was petrified! It all happened so fast: I got a phone call. I had an audition. Three weeks later I was on set. I felt like I’d won the lottery.
GLAMOUR: Your boyfriend is 45—a bit older than you. What’s the best thing about dating an older man?
RHW: His knowledge and strength are really inspiring and attractive, and that can come with a man who’s had a bit of time. We have a connection that has nothing to do with age. Work comes and goes, but if you have someone at home who thinks you’re the greatest person in the world, that keeps you going.
GLAMOUR: Has he given you any action-hero tips?
RHW: He does get very protective. But I’m a bit of an action girl myself. I grew upon a farm. I am all about getting down and dirty!
GLAMOUR: So, modeling, movies—what’s next?
RHW: Ten years from now, I’d like to be sitting at the helm of a business or producing TV shows. Women like Jo Malone and Donna Karan really inspire me because of what they’ve built. I think there’s always that assumption that
you can’t be beautiful and smart and nice. All that negativity’s just noise.You deal with it and get on.
GLAMOUR: Let’s talk about our cover shoot. You look like you had a blast!
RHW: The lads are like puppies—they’re adorable! They’ve all got this
little sparkle in their eye, and they’re all just gorgeous. White, white eyes. Shiny, shiny teeth.
GLAMOUR: Can you name them all?
RHW: Let’s see…Liam, Niall, Harry, Louis, and Zayn. [Pumps her fist.] Yes!
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