Meet the Victim From Rihanna's 'Bitch Better Have My Money' Music Video
By Meredith B. Kile
Rihanna's music video for her latest hit, "Bitch Better Have My Money," dropped yesterday and the totally NSFW seven minute video is raising eyebrows for making good on the song’s lyrical content, a violent revenge fantasy.
ET sat down with Canadian actress and model Rachel Roberts, who stars in the video as the wife of RiRi’s accountant, played by Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen. The singer seeks vengeance on the no-good money manager by kidnapping and torturing his wife before returning to exact bloody revenge on the man who "f***ed up" her credit.
"She has this crazy side," Roberts says of working with Rihanna, "but she’s also professional and hardworking and very hands on."
Some speculate that Mikkelsen's character is based on the singer’s real-life accountant, whom she sued in 2012 for mismanaging her funds. Roberts' character takes the brunt of RiRi’s revenge in the video, as the singer and her girl-gang shove her into a trunk in the back of their car, taking her on a torturous road trip which includes stringing her up naked in an abandoned barn.
"Hanging upside down topless was definitely a first for me," Roberts admits of shooting the scene. "It’s uncomfortable for anyone to be hung upside down, but it wasn't painful."
Roberts is also bound and gagged in a hotel room and smuggled onto a yacht in the video. At one point, when a clueless cop (played by Eric Roberts) comes sniffing around, Rihanna and her girls hold their victim underwater in a swimming pool so he doesn’t recognize her.
"I surf, so I'm used to holding my breath," Roberts says of that scene, revealing that she "actually wasn't underwater for that long."
Some critics say the video, which ends on a shot of the blood-soaked singer lounging naked on a trunk full of cash, goes too far in fulfilling RiRi’s twisted revenge fantasy, but Roberts disagrees.
"The video is risque, but movies are much more violent," the actress and model protests. "People shouldn't take it too seriously. It's meant to be over the top."