Emily Ratajkowski wants her next role to have ‘nothing to do with being pretty’


Here are some photos of Emily Ratajkowski at last night’s LA premiere of We Are Your Friends, the Zac Efron movie where he plays a poor, downtrodden… DJ. Emily wore her most reveal ensemble of the promotional tour, this Maria Lucia Hohan gown with a big side-slit. Emily tried to work her leg like Angelina Jolie at the Oscars. Does she pull it off? I think she does. The gown honestly reminds me of something Kim Kardashian would pour herself into, so… I don’t know, I think Emily could have done better.

Meanwhile, Emily has a new feature in The Editorialist. Her media pieces for this press tour have been pretty good – she got the cover of Harper’s (a Bazaar off-shoot), she got the cover of British GQ and she got an interview in the New York Times. Emily has “arrived” to a certain extent. The world is her oyster. You can read the full Editorialist piece here. Some highlights:

She’s not all about “being seen”: “It was never so much about being in ‘Hollywood.’ I really enjoyed doing theater as a little kid. I was obsessed with Cats and would put on shows for my parents when I was five years old. Every home video turned into a musical theater performance.”

Working on ‘Gone Girl’: “[On set,] David basically told me to not think. It’s counterintuitive because you do all this research and think about how you want this character to come off and then you get on set and basically need to let that all go.”

On her co-star Ben Affleck: “It was monkey see, monkey do. You see how this person is doing it and you rise the occasion.”

Liberal parents: “My parents were pretty liberal. They gave me a lot of space to be a kid so by the time I got to college, I was pretty bored with the idea of going out.”

Her style icons are Natalia Vodianova & Bianca Jagger: “I evolved out of the 90s floral dress and lace up boots era. It’s all about being a little sexy but also being comfortable. I like how men’s stuff looks on me and I play with that a lot.”

What she wants to do next: “It’s a hard question. It depends on the story and character. Complex and dynamic female roles in my age range don’t come around that often. If I could choose anything for my next movie, it would be someone who has nothing to do with being pretty or attractive. I’d love to play a role that surprises people.”

[From The Editorialist]

She said something similar to the NYT, that she wants her next role to have nothing to do with prettiness or beauty. She also cites Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as her industry role models. While I think she’s probably never going to break out of the “pretty ingénue” typecasting mold, I don’t really hold her career goals against her. A lot of pretty women say “I wish people would cast me as something other than ‘the pretty girl’,” and the problem is a lot larger than the roles Emily specifically is up for and will get. Meanwhile, it’s good that she’s still modeling, you know? Because even though white women with great boobs will always have a place in Hollywood, Emily’s not going to become our next Meryl Streep. As for the Ben Affleck stuff… Ben made sure to spend a lot of time “coaching” Emily. I think it’s interesting that she doesn’t have anything else to say about him in this piece.



Photos courtesy of WENN, The Editorialist.

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  1. Pedro45 says:

    I wish her all the best in that endeavor. Can’t wait to see how it all works out.

  2. Blythe says:

    The dress looks great on her. Most actresses are gorgeous, so I don’t see her having any issue with snagging a “serious, deep” role. As long as she can act, and as long she plays to the politics in Hollywood, she’ll be alright. Don’t go down the Jessica Alba/Megan Fox road of box office bombs – no matter how good the money is.

  3. Maya says:

    Why do some women think that a character can not be strong, intelligent and complex and also be beautiful?

    Roles can still be dynamic and complex while also be pretty to look at.

    PS: I still think Ben and Emily had sex for real while shooting the sex scenes in Gone Girl.

    • luffy says:

      i dont think she saying she wants to play an ugly character. she wants to play a character whos role in the story has nothing to do with how she looks. its different.

    • Franca says:

      While I completely agree that characters can be complex AND beautiful, I would like to see women who are not conventionally beautiful portayed in movies. Why can’t we have a female equivalent of Benedict Cumberbatch or Steve Buscemi? But Hollywood will pay more to a beautiful woman to gain weigth ot wear a prostetic nose rather than hire an actress who actually looks like that.
      And the majority of mega stars wouldn’t have the careers they have if they weren’t beautiful.

  4. Shambles says:

    I can definitely understand where she’s coming from. I think a lot of women have a desire to be seen for more than just the aethstetic value they contribute to the world.

    I reeeaaaally hope she didn’t sleep with Ben Affleck.

    • mimif says:

      Yeah but her shoes.

      • Shambles says:

        Damn. If the fabled “curse of the Afleck d!ck” — which leaves all the women he beds with an incurable affinity for awful footwear– is more than just a myth… It looks like my hopes could be for naught.

        It would be disappointing, because it would give her valid points about being taken seriously as an attractive woman a smidge less credence.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:


      • Linn says:

        I like them.

  5. MelissaManifesto says:

    I like Emily, I really do. She is beautiful, sexually free, and she proudly assumes it. That being said, most actresses are beautiful and really talented, though they may not always be as revered or interviewed about their beauty as she is, they may not be every man’s sexual fantasy. If you have the goods to be anything close to Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Lupita, Jessica Chastain, Salma, and the millions of other actresses then you have the goods. If you don’t, you don’t. All this talking, proving, humble-bragging is very irritating.

  6. Saywhatwhen says:

    How about if your next role be you rolling down the hill to the river in an oak barrel.

  7. AlmondJoy says:

    She’s gorgeous… That’s all I can say. Oh and also that I’m obsessed with Bianca Jagger so I can relate to here on that.

    • bellenola says:

      Bianca Jagger is everything.

    • Franca says:

      She has a nice body, but I really don’t like her face. Is that mean? It is, but she is so up herself I don’t feel that bad for saying it.

      • Jayna says:

        I’ve never thought she was pretty. She looked so odd. Lately, she’s been looking better. So I don’t know what she was doing to her face before, but it’s softer looking now. Great body, though. She’s a bore. Until I see her in a role that shows she’s talented, I couldn’t care less. She was barely in Gone Girl.

  8. luffy says:

    I think your’e right kaiser about the issue being larger than roles specific women are being offered. Often, being a woman in general has a lot to do with being pretty so its difficult for actresses to seek parts that don’t.

  9. Astrid says:

    I think AJ did the leg better.

  10. Fallon says:

    She reminds me of a Glow Worm. Something in her face.

  11. Naddie says:

    Her comment about Cats is cute, made like her for a while.
    About deeper roles, I highly doubt. She has stupid eyes, like Kim K and her bunch. It’s like Taylor Lautner wishing for Liam Neeson’s career.

  12. DEB says:

    Get cheek implants, lip injections and boob job (and lie about it) and then go “nothing to do with pretty”? Love how the “real” boobs are square at the sides and have the tell-tale gap, lol.

    • Alex says:

      You can say that again.

    • Hally says:

      Pretty sure the boobs are real, mine are very similar, larger actually. I don’t know what gap you speak of and they don’t look boxy at all? I’m tired of women accusing naturally large breasted women of implants. Large boobs are not really an asset for someone looking to do serious acting or modeling, in fact, other that helping her get the blurred lines gig, I think Emily has probably missed out on many jobs because of them.

      I doubt she has cheek implants, those are usually very obvious, but Her duck lips are suspect though, I’ll give you that.

  13. Merritt says:

    Good luck with that. But it would take more dark magic than Nancy acquired in “The Craft” to turn Emily into even a mediocre actress. Even the people hired for reenactments on the ID channel are able to out act this woman.

  14. Tacos and TV says:

    That body, girl! Yes, honey, work it. She looks great. Her face is NOT my cup of tea and the shoes are bad.. look my Aldo ones. But she body is sick. She can pull off a dress made of coconuts and still look legit!

  15. shannon says:

    I thought fake boobs were perkier than that? I’m not trying to be mean, just honest. The lips though, look pretty fake. I saw her once on an episode of Drake and Josh (don’t judge!) and they were not that pouty.

  16. krtmom says:

    I don’t think her face is anything to brag about! Looks like a rat that smelled a fart!!!

  17. Korra says:

    Im not gonna fault her for wanting a more developed role. Good on her if she finds it and does it well.