Have you ever had a person offer a backrub as an excuse for contact?
Oh, that happens to me every day! [Laughs.]
Right, but how about on a date? Has an innocent backrub ever led to sex?
I don’t know if I’ve been on a date, but I’ve had guys say that as a chat-up, or a pickup line.
Does the backrub offer ever work?
No! [Laughs.] Pickup lines are not the way to get to me.
Did you have to learn that crazy model walk when you started your career?
I never fell on the runway, but I had my shoe fall off a few times. I had my top fall off. I might have tripped once or twice, but I never fell over, thank God.
No. You know who taught me to walk? Two Jamaican gay guys, who I lived with for a brief time in London when I was 16. One was a model and one was a model agent. They were called Humphrey and Donin.
Were they the best walkers you’ve ever seen?
Gay men are usually pretty good at the model strut.
No, I never fell on the runway, but I had my shoe fall off a few times. I had my top fall off. [Laughs.] Just wardrobe malfunctions. I might have tripped once or twice, but I never fell over, thank God.
Can you do impressions?
Yeah, I can do impressions. I can do an Australian accent. I can do a good Southern accent.
Let’s hear it.
[Beaming.] Hi, Ms. Rosie, y’all lookin’ pretty today. Y’all better be eatin’ up in New York City.
Used to be better!
There’s such a hierarchy in the entertainment world. Do you see people mistreating each other?
Of course. There are a lot of power trips. There are a lot of exploded egos.
It’s probably hard to resist if you’re making a lot of money and people everywhere are catering to you.
That is one thing I’m really thankful for. I’ve had nine years of working before this kind of movie happened to me. I’m really glad I’ve had struggles in my career. When success finally hits you, it helps put things in perspective. We’re so small. You see these kids get success straight away or they grew up with it, and I feel for them ’cause how do they gauge any sense of reality?
Do you make a conscious effort to stay grounded?
Absolutely. I come from a farm in the middle of nowhere in England. You have to remember where you come from and who you are.
In modeling, does it take time to become comfortable with your body?
Well, it’s a day-to-day thing. I don’t feel comfortable in my body today at all. Any woman will tell you she has her good and bad days, and today I did not feel like I looked my best or felt radiant inside or outside.
You looked pretty good to me.
WATCH THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES VIDEO:
(PROP STYLING) Justin Allen. (HAIR) Yiotis. (MAKEUP) Kathy Jeung. SECOND, FOURTH & FIFTH IMAGE: Vintage dress by Azzedine Alaia from New York Vintage / Earrings and rings by Neil Lane. THIRD & ELEVENTH IMAGE: Dress by Suzy Turner / Earrings and rings by Neil Lane. SIXTH & COVER IMAGE: Blazer by Julien MacDonald / Earrings by Neil Lane. SEVENTH & TENTH IMAGE: Dress by Emilio Pucci