You’re about to see Riley Keough like you’ve never seen her before.
The Mad Max: Fury Road actress and music scion (grandpa is Elvis Presley, mom is Lisa Marie Presley and dad is musician Danny Keough) stars as a law school student who moonlights as an escort in the upcoming Starz series The Girlfriend Experience.
Keough strips down a lot and has a lot of sex on the show. She knew what she was getting into. “I know that there’s going to be sex in it, it just kind of comes with it,” Keough recalls about me the first time she read a script for the pilot episode. “I was expecting all of that.”
The 13-episode series is based on director Steven Soderbergh’s 2009 film of the same name.
“What’s cool about it is when you’re watching it, it really weirds you out,” Keough said while promoting the The Girlfriend Experience and her indie flick Lovesong at the Eddie Bauer Adventure House at the Sundance Film Festival. “It gets weird reactions because there was no lighting [and] it’s super naturalistic so it’s very uncomfortable. It’s like spying on this girl doing the weird stuff.”
Her husband of almost a year, stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen, apparently isn’t bothered by her explicit scenes.
“He’s fine,” Keough said. “You know, he works in film as well so he understands how it works and its part of the job. He watched the whole season, he’s very cool. We’re like very progressive. He doesn’t care about that kind of stuff.”
As for her mom, Keough said, “I showed her a couple of episodes and I did fast forward a couple of things.”
No surprise, but Keough also said, “I haven’t shown my dad anything!”
The Girlfriend Experience will premiere on Starz on April 10.
[the next video is already on our site, but I’m posting it again] Riley and also talked about her and Ben’s upcoming first wedding anniversary and their plans to start a family.
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With all the press she’s doing as the star of Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience, Riley Keough won’t be catching Spike Lee’s Michael Jackson’s Journey From Motown to Off the Wall, though Jackson was briefly her stepfather when he was married to her mother, Lisa Marie Presley. “I have no plans to see any movies. I’m struggling to find time to sleep,” says Keough.
Still, there’s at least one person at the festival who would enjoy meeting Keough: director Kevin Macdonald, who is directing a biopic about the actess’ grandfather, Elvis Presley, Fox 2000’s Last Train to Memphis.
“I should cast her as her grandmother,” jokes Macdonald, who was in Sundance with his documentary Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang. “Or Priscilla Presley.”
For Keough, playing her grandmother would be “really bizarre.”
“I find it weird playing people that are alive in general, so playing your grandma would be very weird,” she says. “I don’t think it would be something I’d enjoy. It would make me extremely uncomfortable. But to quote Justin Bieber, ‘Never say never.'”