In her first major film role, the very beautiful and delightful Kate Upton proves categorically that she is a gifted actress. She plays the naïve Amber, a classic blonde bombshell who innocently believes she has found true love with her handsome and highly successful boyfriend, Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), until she discovers that he has been deceiving her. She befriends his wife Kate (Leslie Mann) as well as the lawyer with whom he is also having an affair, Carly, (Cameron Diaz) and we learn that there is far more to Amber than meets the eye. The three women set about untangling Mark’s web of lies, they conjure up clever plots to give him exactly what he deserves. At the same time they form an unlikely bond, becoming firm friends. Along their journey, the women provide each other with support, loyalty and a lot of fun.
Looking beautiful in a black low-cut, Viktor & Rolf top and black pants, she sat down in Los Angeles to talk about the new film and how she stays down to earth amidst all the excitement about her blossoming career.
Q: How thrilled were you about landing the role in THE OTHER WOMAN?
A: “I was so excited. This really is my first movie role, because the other ones were just cameos. This is the first time I have been involved in a movie from the very beginning to the end. I read the script and I felt right away that the role was something I could do, that I could really be good at.”
Q: What is the film all about do you think?
A: “The film is all about the friendship between the three girls. It’s like sisterhood and that is so important for women. The women, Cameron, Leslie and I, empower each other to move on from this guy who has been cheating on all of us and to find our own path in life and to start over.”
Q: What kind of woman is Amber?
A: “She’s definitely naïve, she is young and sweet and she sees the whole world in a positive way. She thought she had a genuine relationship with Mark. She believed his lies. Amber seems to be the type of girl everybody wants to hate, but Carly and Kate, Cameron and Leslie’s characters, don’t hate her at all. They make friends with her. They bring her in to their group. The film is inspiring for women because you should probably hate the young girl in the bikini running around the beach, but they realize Amber didn’t know what was happening and is just as hurt by this situation as they are. We help each other through it.”
Q: Do you think men actually cheat more than women?
A: “Honestly I don’t because I have a lot of guy friends, and they have experienced women cheating on them as well. All of us have been through a cheating situation. It’s really all about how you handle it, and that’s what this movie shows. It is about dealing with cheating and getting over it. At first the girls take the easy way out by getting a little bit of revenge, but they end up taking the high road by being strong enough to move on.”
Q: Did you, Cameron and Leslie become genuine friends while making the film?
A: “We were playing girlfriends on the set, but we became real girlfriends. I feel so close to them. We would hang out and talk and download our days. I knew I had a support system to go to if anything difficult happened. That’s why girlfriends are important. It was a really cool relationship, and I’m so happy that we are still friends. They’re inspiring, lovely people and they really helped me through my first film. I am so grateful. They’re also so talented, the best of the best at what they do, and I was able to watch them at work.”
Q: What did you learn from them?
A: “I learned by observing them and by example, how well they carried themselves in person. They’re kind, genuine people. I’ve always looked up to Cameron and Leslie. They’re fantastic actresses. It’s so cool that I got to make my first film with them.”
Q: Do you have a close group of friends yourself?
A: “I have girlfriends everywhere because I started in the modeling industry when I was so young. Whenever I’m in town, we always make time to hang out, gossip, talk and drink some wine. It’s so much fun.”
Q: Any great moments on the set you can share?
A: “My favorite day on set was when I celebrated my birthday. I turned 21. We were filming the scene where we all meet. Cameron and Leslie’s characters are in the Hamptons and they have found out that Mark isn’t just seeing the two of them, there’s another mistress. We were all a little under the influence, because our characters were in such a weird situation. We were all bonding over wine, at Kate’s brother’s (Taylor Kinney) house. We were having a good time, and Leslie and I end up dancing on the table. Then after we’d finished filming, we went back to the hotel and they threw me a little party in a bar next door. We danced all night. It was so much fun and that was definitely my most memorable experience.”
Q: How interesting was it working with the legendary costume designer Patricia Field?
A: “She was great. It was really cool working with her. Normally on photo shoots, I decide what I like. I’m working with some of the best stylists and they ask me for my opinion. In a movie, it doesn’t matter what I like. It’s what Amber would like and what the character would wear. So it was a different experience for me being at the fittings. It took me a couple of fittings to really find out what Amber would wear. She’s super casual. She’s always in shorts and she’s young. I’m young (laughs). She has a young, free spirited style.”
Q: What is your own style?
A: “I kind of have a uniform. I always love jeans, boots and a nice top. I’ll switch it around from there, but that is the place I always start. I have lots of favorite designers. I love Dior, Lanvin, Derek Lam, Rag & Bone, and Ralph Lauren….. I could go on and on.”
Q: Men everywhere adore you. What have the past couple of years been like for you, with so much attention?
A: “I’m probably not as aware as I should be about the attention. I guess it’s a bit of a confidence boost but I honestly don’t look at myself as sexy. I grew up in Florida and I was always running around in a bikini, which was natural, so it seems strange for people to look at me in that way. But I love women, and I love my female friends. I never want girls to think I’m a threat, because I’m competitive with myself, I am not competitive with other women.”
Q: You have also become a fantastic role model for women, because you are slim and beautiful – but not a stick thin model. What advice do you have for teenage girls who look up to you?
A: “The thing that is most important in my life is to be happy. If I am not eating, or if I hate my body, then I’m not happy in my life. When you eat healthy food, you feel better. When you go to the gym you feel better, so it’s good for me to be in my best shape and have the best attitude while I’m working. I live a healthy lifestyle. I don’t go on diets. You should be striving to do something else, besides just focusing on your image in the mirror.Your body and your image can’t run who you are because that’s not who you are. I feel very confident with myself, and I am happy with my body. I love that people view me as sexy. But that isn’t all I am.”
Q: You are so funny in the film, does comedy come naturally?
A: “I thought I was funny growing up (laughs). But there’s a bit of a difference between being funny and thinking you’re funny. My whole household is funny. Even now, if you saw my family, everybody would be joking around. Everybody is laughing constantly. Growing up, I would act stupid or dumb to get a good laugh. Just hearing laughter keeps me driven. It’s almost like a high to get people laughing at my jokes. I’ve always wanted to model and act. I lived right by Disneyworld, and whenever we’d pass the studio, I’d be like, ‘I want to be in a Disney channel movie.’ My mom would say, ‘I don’t think that’s how it works. Now, I’m in a Fox film and I am so excited. People weren’t one hundred percent sure that a model could act, but I focused on acting. I worked hard and I took classes for two years. If I do something, I want to be good at it.”
Q: You seem to have your feet firmly on the ground. Does that stem from your upbringing?
A: “I was always a happy child. We weren’t caught up in celebrities or in Hollywood or in any of that, so it took me a moment to catch up with everybody. I have two older sisters and a younger brother. I grew up with five acres, with a barn in the backyard. I always had from two to five horses at any given time. It was a fun childhood. My parents taught me good values. There wasn’t a moral handbook; I learned just by watching them. My mother was a stay-at-home mom. She is a lovely person and always helps people; she was always was there for us. My dad is fun loving and hilarious. I am very close to my family.”
Q: What is the best advice they gave you?
A: “I guess to be myself and be confident and stay true to myself. My parents always tell me that.”
Q: You also seem very positive, does that come naturally?
A: “I don’t take myself very seriously and I don’t like living my life in negativity. It is important to be positive. My life is really great right now, and if I sat on this couch and told you all the negative parts of my life, I wouldn’t be grateful for what I have. I feel the reason I got to this place is because of who I am and what I stand for. I want to remain authentic and true to myself first, before pleasing other people. As long as I know who I am, I can go out and do what I really want, because I have my morals intact. That’s what I keep with me all the time in every adventure I take.”
Q: What are your career goals?
A: “At this point in my life, I want to focus on learning more about acting and improving and expanding what I’ve already accomplished. Acting and modeling have always been my ultimate goals.”
Q: What is your idea of a perfect day?
A: “Sleep in then spend all day at the barn. When I am in Florida I ride my horse, Robbie all the time. It’s almost like therapy for me. It’s calming, and it feels like home. I love spending all day with animals and being outside.”
Catch The Other Woman in local cinemas on the 1st May 2014