In a rather odd twist, Rihanna has the lead female role in director Peter Berg's upcoming adaptation of the board game "Battleship." It will be the pop singer's first movie role; that, coupled with young up-and-comer male leads Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard, means that a lot of eyes are going to be on this planned 2012 release. And with the shoot happening in Hawaii right now, it's something of a miracle that Rihanna was able to get to Los Angeles for her surprise Video Music Awards appearance with Eminem.
"It really killed me that I couldn't be here and, luckily, I got the day off," she told MTV's Jim Cantiello backstage after her performance. "Eminem, he called me the day before and said, 'Please, I'm having a really hard time doing this without you.' We had a really great song ['Love the Way You Lie'], and I just was like, 'Oh damn!' It killed me. And then they allowed us to leave [the set] and do it, and we jetted in and we're gonna jet right back out."
You can check out that performance again right here...
As far as the movie goes, Rihanna is excited about it, and having the time of her life. "It's really good, really good," she said. "I'm really enjoying it, actually. I like it."
The pop princess also commented on getting to work with the hunky "True Blood" star Skarsgard. "He's really cool, just laid-back. He doesn't get in the way," she said. "[He's] not very talkative, but he's a really cool guy and that's [to] everybody — not just the cast."
There you go, "True Blood" fans: Skarsgard is the quiet type. Who knew?