After pushing hard to get a gig hosting Project Runway All Stars, supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whitely backed out at the last minute, leaving producers scrambling to fill the hole. The reason? She got a call for the film Mad Max: Fury Road with Riley Keough and Zoe Kravitz. Filming was in Namibia, and she took off.
To say this left the show's producers, the Weinstein Co., in a bind is an understatement. About to start filming, they had to find someone quickly. They were able to book model Carolyn Murphy, who is the face of Estee Lauder. But that might not have been their first choice.
This obstacle is yet another challenge for Project Runway, which has been embattled since it moved from Bravo to Lifetime. Though many viewers still love Heidi Klum and Nina Garcia, it's been hard to come up with innovative projects that haven't been seen before. And, unlike Bravo, Lifetime is hardly on fashionistas' radars.
That couldn't have escaped Rosie, who is intent on becoming a serious actress.
It's no secret that this model-turned-actress is ambitious. The British bombshell caused quite a stir last year when she was tapped to replace Megan Fox in the Transformers franchise. She's been dubbed the new Megan Fox, the new Kate Moss and the new Heidi Klum.
But that's not what this 25-year-old wants. "I don't think anyone can fill Kate [Moss's] shoes," she said. "I don't want to be the new someone else. I'm Rosie."