Emily Ratajkowski spent Thursday night vamping for the cameras at the Pia Arrobio for LPA launch party in downtown Los Angeles, but naturally, she also took time to talk up her latest project, the Netflix show “Easy,” premiering on Sept. 22.
“Everyone should tune in. It’s an anthology series; it’s really cool, with the director Joe Swanberg.” The show also features Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Dave Franco, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Evan Jonigkeit and Elizabeth Reaser. Swanberg is known for his offbeat indie films such as “Drinking Buddies” and “Digging for Fire.”
Ratajkowski calls her character, one of many young people living in Chicago, “my alter ego,” though she may not be recognizable with her bleach-blond hair. Of her decision to hit the dye bottle, she said, “I think with my [modeling] job I could never do that, but I was going to art school at UCLA before I started doing this full-time and I think of myself as someone who maybe would have been very anticonformist beautywise, so it was fun to play that type.” The model-turned-actress considers herself a feminist, having stated that it’s her prerogative to share her scantily clad selfies as a means of female empowerment, not pandering to her many male fans.
Ratajkowski, who heads to London next month to film the movie “In Darkness,” costarring and produced by “Game of Thrones” starlet Natalie Dormer, said her inspirations are “old-school” women such as Patti Smith, Bianca Jagger, Naomi Wolf and Gloria Steinem. They are, she noted, “Women who are tough and cool and have a lot to say including their style and personal aesthetic.”