The promotional push for the release of George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” is about to rev up into high gear, and one of the first pieces out of the block is a new interview with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Esquire magazine.
The actress plays Splendid, one of the ‘wives’ of the film’s villain Immortan Joe. Pregnant and terrified, and she and the other women flee for their lives, throwing their lot in with Furiosa and Max. Talking about the shoot, the actress revealed a surprising bit of information about how her character’s look came together:
“I had made the assumption that I was going to be in bad-ass leathers and jackets and studs and motorcycle boots and all of that. I turned up in the costume department and George said take your pick of all of these bandages and design yourself some kind of outfit, at which my mouth sort of hit the floor and said, “…okay.”
A big part of my costume was the [pregnancy] belly, which was great, it kept me warm, but honestly, us girls got the raw end of the deal because it was freezing out there in the desert and most of us were scantily clad. The first scene, when you see the wives for the first time, we had to be wet down with hoses before each take for two weeks and it was freezing. Poor Riley [Keough] got pneumonia or hypothermia. All of us got colds and aches and pains. It was tough. It was physically tough, for sure.”
She also discussed how Eve Ensler came onboard to consult with her and her three other female co-stars Courtney Eaton, Zoe Kravitz, and Riley Keough about getting into their roles:
“We were so lucky that George arranged for Eve Ensler, who wrote the Vagina Monologues, to fly in and work with us girls for about a week. We did extensive research with her. Eve herself has had a very intense life. She’s spent time in the Congo working with rape victims and women who have had unthinkable things happen to them through the power of men’s hands. We were able to pick her brain for a week. She told us the most tragic stories I’ve ever heard in my life, which gave us so much background to our characters. We really wanted to kind of showcase that. It was a privilege to have her around to make these characters something more then just five beautiful girls.”
“Mad Max: Fury Road” is currently slated to hit cinemas on May 15th.