Rihanna Names ‘Stunning’ Actor She’d Cast In Her Own Biopic: ‘I Want To Be Her’

Rihanna knows exactly who she’d want “to pretend to be me” in a biopic of her life.

The Grammy winner appeared touched by the question Monday when asked on the red carpet of her Fenty Hair launch event and presumably realized, like the rest of us, that her rise from pop star to billionaire cosmetics mogul would make for an interesting project.

“Taylor Russell,” Rihanna told E! News at the celebratory Los Angeles fete. “You know why? ’Cause she got, like, a nice forehead. She’s, like, fly. And I feel like I want to be her, so I want her to pretend to be me. I want people to see me in that light.”

While the biopic in question remains merely hypothetical at this point, Russell has already proven herself a worthy contender, winning the Marcello Mastroianni Award at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in “Bones and All” (2022) at 27 years old.

Russell has yet to publicly comment on the shoutout and is currently in pre-production on “Hope,” a Korean thriller co-starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. Rihanna, too, seems busier than ever — despite recently donning a T-shirt that declared “I’m Retired.”

Fans eagerly awaiting a new album were devastated until Rihanna cleared things up.

“I have been working on the album for so long that I kinda just like put all that stuff aside,” she told “Entertainment Tonight” on the red carpet. “And now I’m prepared to go back in the studio. So now I’m prepared. So I’m gonna start. So don’t, you know…[bug me about it].”

Russell at the 2024 Met Gala in New York City last month.
Russell at the 2024 Met Gala in New York City last month. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

Russell was romantically linked to Harry Styles before their split last month and is arguably a perfect choice to play the “Diamonds” singer. She not only dreamt of being a ballet dancer before getting into acting but has experience singing publicly as well.

“I sang when I was 13 in front of my whole school, a Destiny’s Child song,” the actor told W magazine in 2023. “I don’t know why I decided to do that because it was really embarrassing. I wasn’t into it at that moment, I would do it now, though.”