'Mad Max' star Riley Keough: 'I find and see only good in people - to a fault'

By Carli Whitwell

We can’t help falling in love with Riley Keough. The 25-year-old actress, who is the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, is one of the most talented emerging stars of her generation, with roles in The Runaways, Magic Mike and this month’s post-apocalyptic thriller Mad Max: Fury Road to her credit.

She’s also one of the friendliest. We caught up with Riley on the phone in Toronto, where the newlywed – she married Australian stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen in February in a gorgeous wedding covered exclusively by Hello! – is filming her latest project. It felt like chatting with an old friend, not a Hollywood star who holds her own on screen with Charlize Theron, Tom Hardy, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Nicholas Hoult in a film premièring at the Cannes Film Festival.

Here, the redhead opens up about female role models, finding the good in people and her famous family.

Riley Keough attends the Mad Max: Fury Road première in Los Angeles.
Photo: © Getty Images

What does that mean to you to be part of a movie with so many strong women characters, especially Charlize as Furiosa?
I think it’s awesome. I think every female wants to play strong characters and there should be as many strong female characters as male characters. It’s a pretty deep powerful message to put in the middle of all this crazy-car chasing action!

Did you dye you hair that fiery red colour or is it a wig?
I dyed my hair. And I was like, that could go terribly wrong. I did it and it was my favouite colour I’ve ever had in my hair. It’s a very cartoony fiery red in the film. When the film was over, I had it dulled to a more natural version and I still love that, I might go back to it eventually!

Read More: See Riley’s gorgeous wedding photos

Your character, Capable, sees the good in people. Are you like that?
Very much. I think we all sort of got cast in that film based off of our real personalities. So I think I’m definitely similar to Capable in that way, in finding and seeing only good in people – to a fault! [ Laughs]

Growing up, did you realize you had a famous family?
I definitely knew; I just didn’t really know any different. So I didn’t really know what it meant probably. I didn’t really think about it much.

What’s next for you – besides the TV show you’re filming in Toronto!
I’m going to take up hockey and stay in Canada. [Laughs] Just kidding! I’m finishing my TV show. I’m here for a while. And then I have a couple other things that I’m doing after the show that aren’t 100 per cent yet. I’m doing this right now every single minute of every single moment that I’m awake!

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