On her acting debut in Battleship:It was nerve-wracking really, scary, to go into something so new not really knowing what to expect or what to do. It was a learning experience. Peter Berg was really, really good at helping with that, he didn’t even give me a chance to think about it before I was saying lines on the first day…and that helped to cut to the chase.
On whether she gets scared/nervous:
I get nervous, I get that anxiety just before I’m about to do something big or when everyone’s going to be looking at me.
On her success:
I’m very competitive with myself, I don’t like staying in the same place- I like growth. I want to get better, the next step always has to be upward, or forward. I’m relentless in that way when it comes to my work, I feel guilty stopping for a little bit, but sometimes it’s good to stop. I noticed that this year when I actually had time to stop in January because that was the first time I really took time off for myself.
I don’t think anyone really is 100%, I mean you get comfortable with the fact that, that’s your body and it is what it is. That I had to learn, doing enough topless shoots with GQ and Esquire. You just have to accept your body, you may not love it all the way, but you just have to be comfortable with it. You just want something else, that someone else has, but that doesn’t mean what you have isn’t beautiful. No one is every 100% “I’m the bomb.com” from head to toe.
On how growing up in Barbados gave her thick skin:
A lot of the reason why I am the way that I am and my character has a lot to do with my culture. It really helped to have a thick skin coming from Barbados. My upbringing, I definitely had to learn fast how to ignore things or not let it bother me. From the time I was very young I was teased about being bi-racial, that was one of the first things I dealt with, then it went on throughout high school, if it wasn’t one thing it was the other thing. In my home, a lot of the things I saw, that definitely helped prepare me for this world.