Fun fact: there were actually three semi-naked women in the infamous Blurred Lines video. For most of the world we remember only one – that brunette.
Well that brunette was Emily Ratajkowski, a brit with Jewish/Polish descent who burst onto the scene from absolutely nowhere by strutting around with Pharrell Williams (and a washed up smooth R&B guy called Robin Thicke) for a days filming.
Fast forward twelve months and that brunette is co-starring in the new David Fincher thriller, Gone Girl. So what happened there then? Turns out she had a smattering of cameo acting experience under her belt before Blurred Lines got her in the mind of married man Ben Affleck.
“I was talking with Ben [Affleck], and what I wanted for the Andie role was someone who could be incredibly divisive among men and women in the audience. Somebody where, at the moment she appears, the women are going, ‘That is unconscionable and despicable.’ And the men are going, ‘Yes, but…’ And so Ben said, ‘Yeah, like the girl in the ‘Blurred Lines’ video.'” – David Fincher, director of Gone Girl
For anyone who has seen the film (read the review here), they will know the aim of the casting worked. Ratajkowski truly is a divisive figure due to the gender-political controversy of the Blurred Lines marketing campaign; parading young women around with next to nothing on.
You can see why she took the role, with it being such a huge leap from simply being eye candy in a music video (albeit for the biggest single of 2013). From that to a David Fincher movie, starring in scenes alongside Ben Affleck, is a huge leap in anyone’s career, especially if it is acting she wants to pursue.
There is an argument, however, to say that the role may not actually further her career in any way. Andie, her character in the film, is the young, gullible, dependant mistress who Ben Affleck cheats on his wife with. One of her scenes in the film involves near full-frontal nudity, in the style she got famous for in Blurred Lines. So what jump has really been made here? From being derogatory eye-candy in a music video to being the fluffy, brainless girl with her boobs out in a movie… If anything that is just cementing her roles for the rest of her career.
If her first movie role, even if it was on a much smaller scale, challenged her image as the easy, seedy girl who takes her top off rather than just running with it, maybe it would have widened her career options as an actress. Sure, the strategy would have taken her a lot longer to get in a movie as big as she has done, but she could now see her demand drop off just as quickly as it arrived as soon as she has played the ‘sexy young naked girl’ so many times that it’s not employable anymore.
Just a thought. What do you think – agree or disagree? Do you see her as an actress now or still that brunette from that video? Share your opinion @MovieMasticator!