If you caught Rihannas new video for We Found Love, chances are you found yourself focusing on something other than the lyrics. Were talking about Dudley O'Shaughnessy, the 22-year-old boxer-turned-model who played Rihannas love interest.
Between his cut-glass cheekbones, pout and bad-boy stare, encountering him in a casting was enough to lead Rihanna to say, I met him and I was like, lets f***ing kiss.
OShaughnessy told The Evening Standard that he wouldnt have featured in the video at all had his Olympic dreams turned out differently.
I was ranked number one in the country. I was a prospect for the Olympics, he told the paper. I won the championship and still got overlooked by Team GB.... I was down. When something is your dream and you do everything you need to do to get to your dream, but then youre still not getting picked, you think: What will I do?
I was thinking, Im going to have to get a normal job now. Ill have to be a plumber or something.
Instead, a scout from Next Model Management spotted OShaughnessy in Old Street underground station and sent him to a casting for the Rihanna video.
Despite Rihannas star power, OShaughnessy says he wasnt fazed by his first acting job.
I wasnt starstruck at all... Shes just such a nice girl. Its not like just because shes achieved so much that she thinks her sh*t dont stink. Shes such a humble, down-to-earth girl and that made it even better for me because I didnt feel intimidated or anything. We just got along. We were just like mates.
The experience made such an impression that OShaughnes More