You know Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as a gussied-up, scantily-clad Victoria’s Secret model. But she isn’t afraid to check her glam squad at the door. The Brit, who makes her movie debut in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, didn’t mind being “dirty and hot and sweaty for months on end. It’s not glamorous. You had to become one of the boys, for sure,” she tells USA TODAY.
So she was gladly just one of the guys for the lengthy and physically arduous shoot? Oh yeah, says Huntington-Whiteley.
“You had to leave all sense of girliness at the door. I’m a bit of a tomboy anyway. It’s an all-male cast apart from Frances McDormand, who worked on the movie for a few weeks. It was me and the lads,” she says. (The “lads” include a stable of hunks: Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, Patrick Dempsey and Tyrese Gibson).
And, when shooting ended just before last Christmas, Huntington-Whiteley had to adjust to regular life. “You’re on these movies for so long. You take off all your jewelry. You lose all your sense of style. You become a character. I went back to New York and I really surrounded myself with my friends. I did a lot of coming back to life,” she says.