In Pain & Gain Michael Bay sets aside warring robots and hot babes for criminal bodybuilders and…well, actually, he kept the hot babes. Enter Bar Paly. This Russian-Israeli stunner steals the show from Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson and Mark Wahlberg while filling the heels of former “Bay girls” Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, leaving us to ask, “Optimus who?”
How was the shoot?
A lot of fun, and I got a workout! I was in six-inch heels on a treadmill. That’s a workout. I don’t care what people say.
Pain & Gain is about a couple of bodybuilders who get involved in a kidnapping plot that goes awry. Have you had any run-ins with the law?
Why would I tell the world about my illegal enterprises? I am Russian-Israeli, and I take the Fifth. That’s what I’ll say.
You play Sorina, an exotic dancer who came to America dreaming of fame. Did you have any stripper training?
I did. I got with a pole dancing teacher. It’s hard work! I had to wear knee pads because I’d get so bruised from the pole. I have a new appreciation for dancers.
Are you ready for the massive fame that comes with being a “Bay girl”? It’s kind of like being a Bond girl.
It’s better! The madness still hasn’t hit me. But I have started getting e-mails with love poems. Guys compare me to the sun and the moon, bless their hearts.
There’s a scene that involves a white powdery drug, Dwayne Johnson, and your rear. How many takes was that?
Not that many! Why does that scene leave such an impression on men? It’s literally a split second in the movie!
Hmm, we’ll have to think about that. So how was giving lap dances to Dwayne and Mark Wahlberg?
Awkward! I did the scene with Mark one of the first days. It was like, “Hi.” “Hi.” And I’m flipping my hair in his face.
The guys in the movie lie to your character to impress you. Has a guy ever lied to get your attention?
I was at Rite Aid with a runny nose getting cold medicine, and this guy comes up and says, “Hey, I’m doing this movie with Megan Fox now. You should be in it.” I’m like, “Yeah, OK.” It never works.
And that guy was Michael Bay!
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