It’s no wonder why so many people are eager to learn about Huntington-Whiteley’s life off-camera, since it’s the life most girls dream of having. There’s her devoted partner, fellow Brit Jason Statham; her two adorable dachshunds, Dolly and Peggy; her cadre of supportive friends like Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing, supermodel Candice Swanepoel and VIOLET GREY founder Cassandra Grey. There’s “team Rosie,” a crew of the industry’s leading agents, lawyers and publicists who, along with the multifaceted model, are responsible for the business of being Rosie. “I believe who you surround yourself with is a reflection of yourself. There’s a quote I have always liked by Will Rogers: ‘It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute,’” she says.
This year, expect to see Huntington-Whiteley everywhere. She’s in the upcoming postapocalyptic flick Mad Max, which stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. They filmed in Namibia, where she plays one of the five women in a warlord’s captive harem. Even though it’s an action flick, her work on set wasn’t purely physical. “Eve Ensler, who wrote The Vagina Monologues, flew in to work with us on our characters’ backstories. It was a fascinating and emotional experience.” She’s also just debuted a new collection of her lingerie line, Rosie For Autograph, with British retailer Marks & Spencer (“The brand has grown in the last three years from a few dozen items into now hundreds,” she says of the project that requires daily communications with the London-based design team), as well as her very recently launched fragrance by the same name. And the various covers, fashion portfolios and campaigns featuring the recent recipient of Elle UK’s Model of the Year Award just keep coming.
She spends her increasingly rare free time at home. These days that is in the Hollywood Hills, but in just a few weeks she will be moving with Statham into a five-bedroom, $13 million-dollar Beverly Hills abode. When asked what her big goals for 2015 were (decorating is a non-issue, the house was formerly owned and impeccably trussed-up by L.A. clothing designer, Jenni Kayne), Huntington-Whiteley revealed, a bit coyly, that she was ready for more: “Being a model, being an actress — it’s not decided by you. You’re chosen. You’re cast, and that’s fantastic, of course. There is always a sense of pride when you make the cut, but there has always been a big part of me that wants to make things happen for myself. I’d like to get myself into a position where I’m starting something on my own. That’s my focus for this year.”
For now, these photographs for VIOLET GREY take her back to her early days. When asked if she remembers her first nude photo shoot, she laughs and admits she does. “I had just started modeling,” she says. “I was in London, and it was a different time. I honestly think I was a lot more free when I was younger. Kate Moss was my favorite supermodel; she set the standard in terms of nudity as fashion and art. I think being comfortable in one’s skin is the most attractive quality a girl can have. Beauty for me is about a good workout routine — that and a signature scent, preferably one that smells like a garden rose.”
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