Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Complex: “Don’t test me on Transformers!”


About a month ago, we discussed model-turned-actress Rosie Huntington-Whitely in terms of being better or worse than Megan Fox in the newest Transformers trailer, which sparked a bit of a discussion in the comments about how unfair it is to compare Rosie’s acting abilities to those of Fox. However, it’s fairly clear (at least from the cover of Complex magazine’s June issue) that Rosie is angling for the same sort of simpering sex-kitten vibe that Fox pulled off so well before she opened her mouth and ruined it all. Visually, Rosie and her upper lip manage this task to the same degree as Fox.

Now, it’s time for a cursory analysis of the accompanying Complex interview, which attempts to fashion Rosie as a down-home farmgirl and an “accidental” model even though purposely put her foot in the agency door by applying for a booker position. Now, she’s not only a Victoria’s Secret Angel but also the latest interchangeable female lead actress in the Transformers franchise. As expected, Rosie is pretty vacant headed, but she takes great care to avoid the mistakes of her predecessor by not referring to Michael Bay as “like Hitler.” Still, Rosie ups the ante on Fox by not even recognizing names of some prominent Transformers toys:

Do you think Transformers role-play when they have sex?
Do I think they role-play when they have sex? [Laughs.] What, like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime? No! ‘Cause there’s no lady Transformers!

Yes there are.
I don’t know. It’s not in the movies. They’re all males. No, I don’t reckon they do. I don’t think they have sex.

How’s working with Michael Bay?
Michael was great. We shot a commercial in 2009 for Victoria’s Secret, that’s where we met. Then he sent me an email last summer. He said, “I’d like to put you on tape for this role for Transformers.” I figured it was going to be a small role, or an extra. I didn’t jump on the idea, but I believe you should always take a meeting, so I went to the casting and went on tape. A couple days later, Michael sent me a message saying, “We want you for the female lead, is that something you’d consider?” I met Shia that evening, then a week later I was doing a screen test, and two weeks after that I was doing my first scene. So it happened really, really quick.

Do you have any insight as to how that role opened up?
Well, the character Carly is Sam’s new girlfriend, and she’s a British girl. She’s a new character so I got to really put my stamp on it.

Right, but what happened to Megan Fox?
That’s a question for the filmmakers. I haven’t given it much thought.

Have you ever heard of Unicron?
Unicron? No. What is it?

It’s a Transformer.
Is it? Unicron! Don’t test me on Transformers!

Are you a fast runner?
Yeah, I had to get really fast for this role. We closed down all these major streets in Chicago. We shut them down for weeks at a time, and I had to run, a lot, and in heels.

What is the line between high art and pornography?
When does a nude shot go from being artistic to being pornographic? I don’t know how to politely say it, but I suppose when you start to see the insides of the female or male. [Laughs.] But it’s all in the eye of the beholder, right?

Can you do impressions?
Yeah, I can do impressions. I can do an Australian accent. I can do a good Southern accent.

Let’s hear it.
[Beaming.] Hi, Ms. Rosie, y’all lookin’ pretty today. Y’all better be eatin’ up in New York City.

In modeling, does it take time to become comfortable with your body?
Well, it’s a day-to-day thing. I don’t feel comfortable in my body today at all. Any woman will tell you she has her good and bad days, and today I did not feel like I looked my best or felt radiant inside or outside.

[From Complex]

Eh. There’s a lot more of the interview, including a substantial portion wherein Rosie describes what it’s like to learn how to walk like a model after growing up on a farm and killing pheasants and chickens, but it’s such a standard “rise to fame” story that it’s well worth ignoring. As far as the impression she gives off in one of her first press engagements as a Transformers babe, Rosie’s not nearly as offensive as Fox, but just give her some time, and she’ll be talking about lesbian tendencies and orchestrating faux-breakups from boyfriend Jason Statham during every press tour. Once again, here’s the Transformers: Dark of the Moon theatrical trailer, wherein the robots outact the lead actress:








Photoshoot courtesy of Complex

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  1. Shay says:

    How many casting couches did she sleep on?

  2. the original bellaluna says:

    That header pic is just nasty. Is she going for a Linnocent Blohan-vibe? ‘Cause…ewww. Put your DSL’s and your dick-licker away, please.

    *unsheaths skank-shank to defend my position as Jason Statham’s go-to gal*

  3. vanessa says:

    Um sorry but those are terrible pictures….it’s like a very badly shopped cameron diaz….wow

  4. carrie says:

    next to her,megan Fox looks classy and will be the new Judi Dench

  5. Franny says:

    its nice that she has so many speaking parts in the trailer – it really gave me a feel for what kind of actress she is.

  6. brin says:

    @vanessa…that’s exactly what I though when I saw the first picture…super photoshopped Cameron Diaz!

  7. the original bellaluna says:

    Okay, I watched the trailer. Two questions:

    1) Is that Francis McDormand? Because I LOVE her!

    2) Are the twins (from part 2) in this movie? They’re foul, but they’re funny.

    EDIT: 3rd question: What happened to John Turturro’s leg? He’s funny as hell as this character!!

  8. danielle says:

    I miss Megan Fox. Seriously, I think this girl is a butterface.

  9. Jocelyn says:

    She’s dumb, and a disappointment. My five year old son will gladly inform her that Arcee is a lady, as well as Elita One.

  10. Roma says:

    Well, at least it appears that she can close her mouth in photos. So, already an improvement.

  11. Eve says:

    Her “acting ability” makes Megan Fox look like Cate Blanchett. Seriously, she’s painful to watch.

  12. The Other Katherine says:

    Never thought I’d say this, but can we please have Megan Fox back? Damn.

  13. Betty says:

    @Danielle–I second the Butterface. Ew!!

  14. RHONYC says:

    we’ve only got Angie Jolie to blame for all these injected-lipped, sex-kitten wannabees!

    see whatcha did there, Ang?!



  15. lea+ann=crap says:

    “insides of the male?”how is that possible?

  16. really says:

    and…………… YAWN.

  17. gee says:

    Do people really think that the face she’s making on the cover is sexy?

  18. Eve says:

    By the way, the “tongue suggestively licking upper lip” (a.k.a. “I’m a sex bomb because I can suck you senseless”) routine has been overdone. Ironically, Fox used to do that a lot, and before her my dearest Jolie too.

    Stop. You sexy girls or not, please f*cking stop doing that. Oh, and that “piece y’all” sign too (I’m looking at you, Gisele Bündchen). And the blowing kisses at the cameras (every single Victoria’s Secret model) — damn, the list is so long…*sigh*

  19. Missy says:

    @ also cosign on the butterface comment. Does this girl look like a duggie to anyone else?

    Also, I usually love full lips but hers look weird on her face. I also want Megan back. The 2009 version, please.

  20. boo says:

    She looks like Cameron Diaz in the Mask, remember how white and pouty she used to look? Before the sun and time took its toll. SPF kids, it works wonders.

  21. StephanieMarie says:

    LOL @ Eve (? Sorry, can’t make out the name clearly!) Hilarious.

    It appears I stand alone on this one but….I like the girl.
    She’s gorgeous IMO, a young Cameron Diaz who I also really dig..
    Admit it…Cameron had it going on in The Mask…A reboot of that look is fun..

    And I didn’t find her interview totally unbearable…I thought she was sweet and okay, maybe completely oblivious but she’s innocent enough..

    Wanting to play “Sex Kitten” isn’t substantial enough reason for me to hate her…
    She’s got the goods..If you got it, flaunt it!
    Hollywood needs those types of girls for roles like that and girl gets it done.

  22. sharylmj says:

    she should do some research on the movie. Transformerse are a big deal to alot of people, she makes herself seem very stupid and like she could care less. Bad move on her part if she wants to really be an actress.. maybe she just wanted to see what it was like to be in an action flick so she could talk shop with her boyfriend.
    PS.. she’s not very pretty..

  23. ViktoryGin says:

    You think that with that much heavy-handed airbrushing that they would have fized that wonky eye of hers.

    That head shot is atrocious.

    I will NEVER, EVER find this girl attractive.

  24. jacq says:

    Well, that just ruined Jason Statham for me.

  25. Ari says:

    First reaction to 1st pic: ew
    Second reaction to entire slide of pics:


  26. Blue says:

    @ Jacq totally agree. She really needs to do her transformers research before she speaks again.

  27. Eve says:

    @ StephanieMarie:

    It’s Eve indeed.

    And I too think Huntington-Whiteley is pretty, just not that fantastic or special, she’s a generic Victoria’s Secret model (I mean she’s not even the high fashion kind). Megan Fox, prior to her f*cked up plastic surgeries, on the other hand, was stunning.

    My comment was about her “acting”. Sorry, her scenes could be used in Guantanamo as a torture method (perhaps even more effective than waterboarding).

  28. the original bellaluna says:

    @ Eve – LOL!! I see you’re wearing your devil horns today…as am I! ;)

  29. searching4grace says:

    @ Jacq: Yep. That picture is not in any way attractive. It’s more like the beginning to some zombie revolution. “BRAINS!” You know. To make up for her lack thereof.

  30. ra says:

    I love her personality. And she is truly beautiful. These pictures don’t make her justice.

  31. mia girl says:

    I could care less about this story, but after several cursory glimpses of that first picture of her in the header on the home page, she began to morph into looking like Gollum. I thought it was an optical illusion…

    So I clicked and …seriously, those eyes, the ears the amazingly gross expression on her face, she is Gollum in drag!!!!!

  32. WillyNilly says:

    Wow. That is THE ugliest thing I have ever seen on a magazine cover. Like, ever. It made me shudder…and I don’t even feel bad about saying it because you can tell she actually thinks she looks good. Idiot.

  33. chalen says:

    she’s a looker for sure, but these pictures don’t look like her. And I can’t believe someone is making me wistful for the days of Megan Fox making an ass out of herself.

  34. Eve says:

    @ Original Bellaluna:

    It’s more like “taking them off sometimes” ;)

    I have to go now. Seriously.

  35. Blue says:

    Lol I still can’t get over the cover photo. Why on earth would they choose that pic for the cover or at all

  36. Dingles says:

    Is that cover photo for real?

  37. jover says:

    Despise megafarse and not feelin it with Rosie – in all fairness, while she’s vacant and no Larry Einstein (I mean Albert), most of today’s twentysomething starlets are far from brainiacs; they just get better press because they are “actresses/singers”; have you actually carefully read the trite pabulum uttered in inteviews by a boobs lively or a swifty – hardly Oxford debate material.

  38. Franny says:

    I’ve decided that the top picture reminds me way too much of Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface:,,20301963_20308766_20682744,00.html

  39. the original bellaluna says:

    @ Eve – Bon chance on your test! :D

  40. skilo says:

    Body of a model. Face of a street whore.

  41. Camille says:

    RHW seems pretty harmless to me *shrug*.

    She is also much prettier than Megan Fox, although that cover photo is godawful.

  42. Solveig says:

    Not that The Transformer is a breeding ground of exceptionally talented and classy people, but this woman is so gross that makes Megan Fox look as classy as Grace Kelly.
    And if I were her I would charge the surgeon who made that havoc of an upper lip.

  43. Rio says:


    You just need to rewatch “The Transporter” movies again. Any Statham-hating is rendered null and void the minute he takes of his shirt– which happens about 30,000 in every single movie he does.
    I believe there’s a complex theory called the Statham Paradox, in which he actually spends more screentime shirtless than the length of the actual movie.

  44. kira says:

    Holy, “porn star” face!

    You might as well call her the dick wrangler in the movie: “And, here’s the sex object, little boys, while you’re waiting for the special effects in this so=called film.” Everything about the new Transformers is fail. I bet it’ll still make a mint, tho. :-)

  45. Kim says:

    That is the ugliest magazine cover i have ever seen. Not a pretty girl at all.

  46. baby says:

    wait…is she trying to be sexy? because she literally looks special needs in that picture..i mean i’ve seen other pics where she is gorgeous but what the hell is this??

  47. Turtle Dove says:
    A picture says 1000 words. Yep…..

  48. Mouse says:

    She seems down to earth, approachable and sweet. She doesn’t have that ultra C-U-Next-Tuesday vibe that Fox does, I like her just for that alone.

  49. Chris says:

    Well, well, well it seems like some of you have finally realized that Megan Fox isn’t so bad after all. I tried to tell you but y’all wouldn’t listen. But don’t worry, Megan is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and I’m sure she’s already forgiven you. Mwah. :)

  50. gobo says:

    That girl would appear to be the epitome of the dumb-blonde-model stereotype. I know she’s hot, but damn Jason, how can you handle it? Speaking of Jason I cannot wait to watch his new movie this weekend. He uses a hurley to beat people up. What more could you want?

  51. ViktoryGin says:

    @ skilo,

    LMAO!!! Yup!

    @Turtle Dove,

    Wow…she has one of the most unattractive faces on a commercial model that I’ve ever seen. No joke.

    Her fellatial skills must be superb.

  52. Isa says:

    I really liked Megan in her role as Shia’s girlfriend. I’ve never really seen her in anything else except a Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen film.

    I tried to pinpoint a feature that would cause me to find her so unattractive but I failed. I know her eyes look very heavy. Her nose is a little too long and her top lip is too big.

    The combination is just tragic. Nice body though…shame about the face.

  53. Grandizer says:

    Well to all of the haters here…
    Yes she is not all that great looking, but the people going to see the movie are seeing it for her bod. She does have a rocking killer bod. I am sure that when you throw a little bit of clothing on her that is stretched tight in all the right places, the last thing guys are going to be staring at is her whole face.
    Yes they will be staring at her lips, and that is another sexy place to think about if you are a guy. But looking deep into her eyes??? Come on… Guys do that with people they are in love with, not with the girls they USE to work their wrist out with…
    Her acting ability looks horrid. I understand why Bay had to dump Fox, but really, I think there were FAR more choices he could have went for in this movie.
    Makes me question if he couched her in the VS ad he did with her in the past and she might be able to throw that body around in such a way to be memorable to him…
    Hell she is a farm girl as she is proud to tell people, and ALL those traveling salesman jokes about farmer girls can’t all be wrong… :)

  54. Jenny says:

    Late to the party, I know, but it just had to be said because it’s such a pet peeve of mine: y’! and misusing it a few times does not “a good southern accent” make. She’s seriously making me NOT want to see a movie with giant robots blowing things up.