When Rihanna spoke to her “We Found Love” director, Melina Matsoukas, she had one directive about casting the video’s leading man. “I mean, in the casting she was like, ‘You just need to find me some hot a** guy … so then he had to be somebody she found attractive,” Matsoukas explained. So, Melina did her girl one even better by casting the hotness that is British model/boxer Dudley O’Shaughnessy.
The green-eyed up-and-comer certainly caught our eye, and when we spoke to Melina she complimented his demeanor on set. “He’s really good. I’ll work with him again,” she told MTV News. “He’ so good and so sweet and so professional.”
Dudley was chosen to play Sid to Rihanna’s Nancy after Melina put out a call. We imagine the casting notice for the dark, dizzying clip read something like “hot a** guys need only apply” and boom there was Dudley, being all smoldering.
“Even with the actor we cast, we had a casting and there were tons of people that we looked at and I saw him,” she said, noting that he had to look like he “was supposed to be some London rough kid and that’s what he looks like to me. He’s perfect because he doesn’t feel like he American and he fit. We just saw pictures and I was like, ‘His look is definitely good, but can he act?’”
Eventually, O’Shaughnessy sent her some video to prove that he can be “hard and rough and masculine, just that guy that we all want that we know we shouldn’t be with.” The rest is history. “I love him! He’s so cute! His look is gorgeous and then he was just an amazing actor and he really brought out in her an amazing performance,” Matsoukas gushed. “It felt natural. It was like watching a love story on the monitor.”