“The first moment that I actually got to speak to [Rihanna] was after reversal of the fight scene,” Meryl said. “She and the acting coach, Susan Batson, who is actually my acting coach as well both came running on set and she was like ‘Oh my gosh you’re a bad ass like me!’ To take on Ri Ri’s bad girl appearance, Meryl got “inked” with temporary tattoos that mirrored the singer’s own and studied her “tough girl” walk to get it just right. “She’s taller than I am, so I had to wear lifts in my boots to make myself the same height as her,” Meryl reveals.
“You know there’s all these little tricks that people don’t know. Sometimes you’re not the same color as the actress so they may darken you, or even lighten you up a little. I’ve doubled Gabrielle Union and I’m fairly lighter than her so they just put on some darker makeup.”