There’s a possibility that you still may not know her name, but you’ve definitely seenÂ Emily RatajkowskiÂ before.
The incredibleÂ brunette appearedÂ last summer when sheÂ stripped down for Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video, and parlayed her naked notoriety into aÂ supporting role in “Gone Girl,”Â starring Ben Affleck.
Now, the stunning beauty isÂ stripping down and getting dirty – literally – for the pages of GQ.
In an interview with the journal the 23-year-old model revealed thats she grew up in a small house on a hill across from the ocean, all salt-eaten siding and half-size rooms, probably 900 square feet if you don’t count the converted shed out back she moved into when she turned 15.
“Until then, I shared a wall with my parents,” she says. “Which would’ve been okay if my dad hadn’t ripped the ceiling out to expose the beams.” The walls still cut off at eight feet and give the house the feeling of a diorama. “So I spent a lot of time with headphones on. They knew I was getting a text even when my phone was on silent, because it’d light up the house.”
However, she admits that she likes life in big cities, speaking of how comfortable she feels:Â “Because of my name and my look, it’s sometimes: ‘Wow, I expected broken English or a British accent.’ “
Her father, a painter, taught art at a high school in Encinitas, and mother, an English professor, commuted up the coast to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
When it came time for high school, parents encouraged her to opt out of the massive, wealthy public school “where they had football” and instead go to the smaller, magnet school where her father taught. “My dad had a cool rep. But it was a little overwhelming when, like, ‘Do you think Mr. Rata smokes weed?’ became ‘What about Rata’s hot daughter?’ “
When being a teenager she actually didn’t love her program, and as the modeling opportunities kept coming out, EmilyÂ spent more and more time away from the classroom.
“I wouldn’t say it was for a shoot, but I’d be like, ‘Later! Going to Puerto Rico for a week,’ ” she recalls. “My professorsÂ hatedÂ me.” Later sheÂ dropped out, rented an apartment in downtown L.A., and tried to find her place in this city.
And in January 2013 she was invited to participate in shooting music video.
“I didn’t want to do it at first, but I talked to the director and I understood what it was,” she reveals. I ask if she even likes the song. “IÂ doÂ like it. But if there’s one thing I’d request, it’s for people who see me out to not be, like,Â You’re the hottest bitch in this place.Â When it comes on in a bar, I run into the bathroom and hide.”
Last September she heard from a casting director for “Gone Girl”,Â David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller.
“I was talking with Ben [Affleck], and what I wanted for the Andie role was someone who could be incredibly divisive among men and women in the audience,” Fincher said.
She wasn’t smitten with being the girl of the moment. She’s no bullshit. If somebody’s gonna ruin their life on a 21-year-old, they have to be special, and she was.”