SUKI WATER­HOUSE

IS BAD TO THE BONE…

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With roles in Pusher and In­sur­gent, Suki Water­house, 25, is fast shak­ing off that ‘model who dated Bradley Cooper’ image. Now the Bri­tish-born star is the lead in The Bad Batch, a dystopian can­ni­bal yarn co-star­ring Keanu Reeves and Ja­son Mo­moa. Tough girl? “I love the ac­tion stuff,” she smiles, “be­cause it gets you out of your head.”

What early talks did you have with writer‑di­rec­tor Ana Lily Amir­pour about

The Bad Batch?

She looked at me when I was cast and said, “This is going to be the hard­est thing you’ve ever done.” And weirdly in my per­sonal life, ev­ery­thing went to shit at the same time as I was shoot­ing it. When I watched the film, I was like, “I’m so glad that I was going through all that shit be­cause I think it helped me.”

Was it tough to film those early desert scenes, in which your char­ac­ter Arlen loses her arm and leg?

Yeah, it was bru­tal. I was also cov­ered in [fake] ex­cre­ment! I was like, “Oh my God, what are peo­ple going to think I’ve eaten? This is hor­ri­ble!” It was such a weird colour! That was the first day of film­ing.

Have you met a lot of prej­u­dice cross­ing over from mod­el­ling to act­ing?

I think it changes a lot when I get in the room with peo­ple and I meet them. Lily didn’t know any­thing about me, and that meant a lot to me. You’re al­ways val­ued on th­ese weird stan­dards and be­liefs in the fash­ion in­dus­try.

Your dad was a plas­tic sur­geon. Was that strange?

It’s such a weird one. I have grown up around it all my life. I grew up with Bo­tox in my fridge and th­ese weird sil­i­con things in my dad’s of­fice, which I’d prod and try and burst. I did burst one once!

ETA | 22 SEPTEM­BER / THE BAD BATCH IS ON NET­FLIX FROM THIS MONTH.

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