Rihanna’s ‘Battleship’ Training & Newfound Love Of Her Body
First Published: March 16, 2011 1:59 PM EDT Credit: Annie Leibovitz/Vogue
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- At just 23 years old, Rihanna is an international superstar with five studio albums already under her young belt. Now, the Barbardian-born beauty is set to light up the big screen in the upcoming action flick, “Battleship” – a feat that helped her become comfortable in her own skin.
“…During filming, I realized that I actually like my body, even if it’s not perfect according to the book,” Rihanna told Vogue in an interview for their April 2011 shape issue. “I just feel sexy. For the first time, I don’t want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up.”
The “Only Girl (In The World)” singer plays a “badass” weapons specialist in the upcoming movie and put in 14-hour days while filming — including six-hour stints sitting behind a machine gun in an inflatable raft in seven-foot ocean swells.
In order to prepare for the demanding role, Rihanna worked with a trainer, but stayed away from typical gym routines, as she “hates” working out “the old-fashioned way.”
“I hate anything that’s too straightforward, too routine, too familiar,” Rihanna told the mag of her disdain for the gym. “I get bored really, really quickly.”
Rihanna also admitted that while she has to watch what she eats, if left to her own devices, she would chow down on “junk food and pasta.”
Read the full interview with Rihanna in Vogue when it hits newsstands in late March and catch her big screen debut — alongside “Friday Night Lights” hunk Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Liam Neeson and Alexander Skaarsgard – when “Battleship” hits theaters on May 18.
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