Riley Keough insists she didn’t want to be an actress — especially an actress who plays a musician. But despite her reservations, Riley shines in a breakout role in The Runaways. And not only does she look exactly like her grandfather, Elvis Presley she has his charisma and talent, too!
The gorgeous actress plays opposite Dakota Fanning as Cheri Currie‘s twin, Marie Currie. And while Dakota’s role was all about rocking out on stage, Riley played the part of left behind sister who takes care of an alcoholic father. But that’s just fine with her!
“I think it’s good I didn’t play a musician,” Riley tells Women’s Wear Daily. “Because then it wouldn’t look like it was a coincident.” Since her mom is Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, and her dad is musician Danny Keough — people might have thought she was favored if she got a role playing a musician!
“There were times when I was like ‘F–k, I wish I had a cool part.’ Because [Dakota and Kristen Stewart] looked so cool and you just want to be one of them,” she said. But Riley was still psyched about her part. “I’m really happy with my part. It was really cool to even put that in the movie because it was a really important part of Cherie’s life.”
But Riley also takes after her grandmother, Priscilla Presley who was very shy in her youth. “It was really hard for me [to pursue acting] because I was really, really shy. That’s what I wanted to do, but I sort of gave up on it,” says Riley, because “I’m way too introverted and shy to act.”