She’s All That

Model, ac­tress, in­flu­encer and... In­tel­lec­tual? Meet the flip­side of Emily Rata­jkowski that you’ll never see on her In­sta feed.

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More than just a ban­gin’ bod, Emily Rata­jkowski bets you still can’t say her last name

four teen mil­lion, and count­ing. That’ s the fol­low­ing of the girl who can have it all. Emily Rata­jkowski, or EmRata as she’s more af­fec­tion­ately known to her mil­lions, is so much more than apartin a movie or bar­ing it al­lina fash­ion cam­paign. Born in Lon­don and raised in Cal­i­for­nia, EmRata was dis­cov­ered at the ten­der age of four­teen. While one of her first few roles were in the Gen­eral- rated Nick­elodeon’s iCarly, she re­ally broke onto t he scene with her de­but in Robin Thicke’s ‘ Blurred Lines ’. With parts in big screen hits like Gone

Girl and En­tourage, this 26- year-old has made her mark in mod­el­ing and rub­bing shoul­ders with celebs and It Girls.

Know this: Apart from that to­p­less s elfie with KimK ( she took a pic­ture with Kim in a bath­room mir­ror with both of them hold­ing their mid­dle fin­gers up ), it seems EmRata is so much more than meets the eye. With act­ing, mod­el­ing and break­ing the In­ter­net with herb odin her reper­toire, she is sur­pris­ingly grounded, hum­ble and multi-tal­ented. Just ask her in­tel­lec­tual mum and painter dad.

With edi­to­ri­als ba ring more and more( she has posed fully nude, you know right ?) and an In sta feed that dishes ups elfie sand even more skin, you’ll dis­cover this It Girl is ac­tu­ally an artist, and loves to draw, paint, read and write. Beauty with brains they call it. Meet the com­plete pack­age. From your ca­reer, you are the girl to die for. And at this point in time, I am sure this is not some­thing to worry about, but some­times do you ques­tion it? Well I don’t even per­ceive my­self that way. I feel that there’ s much more tome and so many things that I would like to ex­plore. As an ac­tress, it doesn’t sort of worry me, partly be­cause I don’t con­sider it. At what point did you de­cide that your beauty could bea weapon to achieve star­dom, or it just hap­pened that way? I think it just hap­pened that way, be­cause I think, at least the way I was raised, I never re­ally thought about the way I look or the way that peo­ple per­ceive me, and it’s a strange thing tobe model or an ac­tress and have that out­look. But it sort of al­lows other peo­ple to do the work and de­cide

There’s a lot of beau­ti­ful peo­ple in the world. And beauty is sub­jec­tive.

I find my­self re­ally drawn to uniquelook­ing women who aren’t nec­es­sar­ily even mod­els but their con­fi­dence is some­thing re­ally spe­cial about them.

what you look like and what kind of roles you play. But the re­ally im­por­tant thing tome, which I also re­ally am hop­ing that I can ex­plore in fu­ture roles, is just to show that I am not just this per­son that peo­ple per­ceived; the girl to die for or what­ever, that there will be a chance to show my range of depth and my act­ing.

Your mother is a pro­fes­sor and your fa­ther is a painter, so grow­ing up, was it an in­tel­lec­tual house? How was the house you grew up in?

Well Ia man only child and my par­ents are older and an artist and an English pro­fes­sor. I guess they are close ina lot of ways and I was treated as a third mem­ber of the fam­ily, not as a child but as an­other adult ina lot of ways. So our din­ner ta­ble was al­ways filled with con­ver­sa­tions about ideas. There’ s a say­ing in my house; don’t talk about peo­ple, talk about ideas. And I think that that’ s re­ally helped me in my ca­reer and fig­ur­ing out what things I think are valu­able and pro­jects that I want to sign onto.

So when did this i dea of be­com­ing an ac­tress star t for you, and how old were you?

I star ted do­ing t heater school when I was prob­a­bly seven years old. Just some­thing I thought I’d try, you know how you put your kid in bal­let or soc­cer, it was like an af­ter school ac­tiv­ity, and it turned out to be the one that stuck the most. So, it was def­i­nitely like an early thing that I loved and I loved be­ing on stage, and I loved the fo­cus that it took, so I guess it’ s al­ways been some­thing t hat I knew I was pas­sion­ate about.

And then at 14 you be­came a model. So how did you take that in the be­gin­ning and how dif­fi­cult isit to be a pro­fes­sional model so young?

[At that point] I was still in pub­lic high school in San Diego and my par­ents were both work­ing, and t hey were re­ally sup­port­ive, so it wasn’t the typ­i­cal story where you hear some­one who finds an agency at 14 and drops out of school. For me, mod­el­ing was just an­other al­ter­na­tive to wait­ress­ing or any kind of way that you make money as an ado­les­cent. And in that way, I think it was ac­tu­ally per­fect, the way that it worked out be­cause while I was gain­ing real work ex­pe­ri­ence, some­thing t hat I could pur­sue, but I was also hav­ing a nor­mal child­hood.

What do you en­joy about mod­el­ing?

I re­ally en­joy the travel as­pect, ll ike the idea of go­ing to work and meet­ing new peo­ple each time you have a new job, I love that. And I don’t think it al­ways hap­pens, but there are shoots where you get to work with re­ally artis­tic pho­tog­ra­phers, and you do feel a con­nec­tion with them and I wouldn’t say that it’s like act­ing, but there is some­thing sort of re­lated to that, where you take on a

char­ac­ter and you are in­spir­ing some­one and it’s a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence.

And what do you hate about it?

I think the trav­el­ing as well. Even though that can be re­ally great, some­times it’ s ex­haust­ing and I re­ally just want togo home, es­pe­cially when you travel re­ally far and you are only ina place for one night, and then you fly right back. You don’t get to ex­pe­ri­ence that place that you go to, which can be frus­trat­ing.

Are there any direc­tors that you want to work with? I am sure at 26, you have a big bucket list.

I re­ally do. I also think though, even though I have direc­tors that I would like to work with, re­ally read­ing pro­jects and scripts and think­ing about who’s on board and what the story is[ what I con­sider] be­fore I sign onto any­thing. Be­cause even a great di­rec­tor can make a crappy movie some­times and I think the most im­por­tant thing tome is the char­ac­ters and the story and that’ s how I will make the de­ci­sions about what pro­jects I will work with, even though there’ s ob­vi­ously a lot of peo­ple, names I could name. But tome, the thing that I al­ways feel I need to be in­spired by is the story.

In five years, if things go well, you may have many choices ahead of you. Is writ­ing and di­rect­ing some crazy goal that you have?

Well I think I have al­ways been sur­prised with how I think, every time I think oh in five years I might do this thing, in one year, my life com­pletely changes. So I have no idea’ what in five years’ will look like, but itis nice to have an ar­ray of things that I am in­ter­ested in and think I could be good at, just sort of for the fu­ture.

What kind of books are you i nto?

I am read­ing a col­lec­tion of short sto­ries by Ge­orge Saun­ders right now. It’ s called In Per­sua­sion Na­tion. It’s a col­lec­tion of his short sto­ries. And I guess sort of in the past year Ire ada lot of short story col­lec­tions, but I also read a lot of fic­tion nov­els.

And you write short sto­ries too?

Yeah. I haven’ t writ­ten a short story in quite awhile, but def­i­nitely in col­lege and af­ter, I’ ve writ­ten[ short sto­ries ].

What’s the down­side of be­ing so beau­ti­ful as you are? How does that af­fect your re­la­tion­ships with men or other peo­ple, even with women? How do you han­dle it?

I think it’s a strange thing to think about what you look like, so I sort of made it my point to not think about how it might af­fect my re­la­tion­ships with peo­ple, be­cause I think that’ s when you sort of start los­ing sight of what’ s im­por­tant in­life. I think with women, it’ s re­ally in­ter­est­ing be­cause I think un­for­tu­nately, its women’ s na­ture to be com­pet­i­tive. It’ s def­i­nitely taught me to just sort of im­me­di­ately put my cards down with women and re­ally reach out to them so that they feel com­fort­able. There area lot of beau­ti­ful peo­ple in the world. And beauty is sub­jec­tive.

Talk­ing about beauty, what i s the ab­so­lute beau­ti­ful women i n the world for you?

I sor t of f i nd my­self re­ally drawn to unique- l ook­ing women who aren’t nec­es­sar­ily even mod­els but t heir con­fi­dence i s some­thing re­ally spe­cial about t hem. And some­times t hey are not women who would be con­sid­ered mod­els.

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So adorbs!

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