People can’t get enough of Emily Ratajkowski ever since she made an appearance in Robin Thicke’s music video for “Blurred Lines,” which raises eyebrows. (And it is clear why.) With the upcoming DJ drama We Are Your Friends, in which she co-stars with Zac Efron, she is now making the move from coquettish cover girl to leading lady. In order to commemorate the event, we took a break from endlessly scrolling through EmRata’s Instagram and performed some research on the model turned actress. These are five facts about Emily Ratajkowski you probably didn’t know.
1. Ratajkowski’s parents were hesitant to allow her to begin modeling at an early age because they didn’t want a child-star model, according to their statement. Ratajkowski was pursued by modeling agencies well into her teenage years. She once told the New York Times that her mother would quickly respond, “She’s going to be a brain surgeon.” She was signed by Ford when she was fourteen years old.
2. She had her first acting gig in 2009, playing a minor part on iCarly. “I didn’t watch TV growing up, so when I went for the audition I didn’t even know what the show was about. I was only on set for roughly two weeks because I only did two episodes.
3. Ratajkowski’s career was launched by the naked, black-and-white photograph she appeared in on the cover of the erotica magazine Treats in 2011. After Robin Thicke showed his video director Diane Martel the pictorial, the latter got in touch with the model’s agent about having her feature in “Blurred Lines.”
4. Ratajkowski initially turned down the role in “Blurred Lines” because she didn’t want to become associated with the music video industry (she appeared in Taio Cruz’s “Fast Car” and Maroon 5’s “Love Someone”). Then, after hearing Martel’s humorous idea for the video, she was convinced. About the criticism that followed, Ratajkowski said it offered her “an chance to address the things that I felt about feminism now and about women in pop culture in general.”
5. Ratajkowski is completely at ease with nudity and is not scared to show her entire body to the camera, especially while playing a fascinating role. She grew up in a progressive household. She has admitted to the New York Times that she is not concerned about nudity. “I’d rather play a complicated role with a love scene than a dumb person who is just the girl next door,” the actor said.