Nobody was more surprised to see Dudley O’Shaughnessy kissing Rihanna than his mother. When the Bajan pop star’s drug-and-sex-fuelled music video We Found Love went live last Wednesday, with O’Shaughnessy playing her lover, “my mum was a bit like, ‘waheey’ at the kissing scenes,” he says.
Thanks to Rihanna, 22-year-old model and actor Dudley O’Shaughnessy is the blue-eyed, sharp-cheekboned boy everybody is talking about. Not least because Rihanna herself commented, “I met him and I was like, let’s f***ing kiss.” As the pair are reported to have met up since filming for supper and a shopping spree, and were photographed leaving Mahiki in London together, looking very happy in the back of a car, the world wants to know more about the person behind the undeniably beautiful face.
“Everyone has been surprised and shocked, but everybody is happy for me,” says O’Shaughnessy, snacking on chocolate croissants in a meeting room at his agency, Next Model Management – his watery eyes still giving shy downward glances, despite his new heartthrob status.
But having decided that, in fact, he’d like to try his hand at acting, it was only a matter of time before his agency put him forward for the role in Rihanna’s video – pitched at the agency as being much like a short film – and Rihanna personally picked O’Shaughnessy to be her love interest.
When his agent says, “The director, everyone, loved him. Obviously Rihanna loved him,” O’Shaughnessy sniggers like a cheeky schoolboy – although he remains outwardly unruffled by the whole encounter.
“I wasn’t starstruck at all … She’s just such a nice girl. It’s not like just because she’s achieved so much that she thinks her shit don’t stink. She’s such a humble, down-to-earth girl and that made it even better for me because I didn’t feel intimidated or anything. We just got along. We were just like mates.”
As for the sex scenes, “You’ve just got to get into it,” he says, smothering a smile by taking a timely sip on a glass of orange juice.
“It took about three-and-a-half days to film. I loved it. I didn’t want it to end. Not just because it was ‘a certain person’s’ video but just because I love being on set,” he explains.