Ahead of the release of “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the film’s female lead, actress Nicola Peltz, is already being hailed as “the next Megan Fox.” While Peltz, 19, isn’t a household name just yet, her popularity is likely to rise following the blockbuster action franchise’s fourth installment’s release this Friday.
In honor of Peltz’s big screen debut, here are five fast facts about Hollywood’s newest star:
She’s famous on the small screen
While her leading role in Michael Bay’s “Tranformers 4” is set to boost her star power, Peltz already has a devout TV fan base. In 2013, Peltz debuted her (now defunct) role of Bradley Martin in A&E's “Psycho”-inspired horror series, “Bates Motel.”
“When I auditioned and I got to read the first episode, I fell in love with it because I think it’s such an amazingly written script,” Peltz told OMfGeeks last May of her involvement in the hit series, in which she starred as love interest to Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore). “Playing Bradley has been amazing. I am really lucky to be apart of the series.”
She’s big online
Peltz may not have many films under the belt, but that doesn’t mean she has a shortage of social media followers. As of this week, Peltz has more than 50,200 Instagram fans, 29,600 Twitter followers, and 15,000 official Facebook page “likes.” (Not to mention the 17,397 “likes” on her Facebook fan page.)
She’s a daddy’s girl
Peltz may be an A-lister in the making, but fame only comes second to the self-classified daddy’s girl. Not only does Peltz, a Westchester County, New York, native, frequently share personal family photos on social media, she recently admitted that she agreed to star in the Michael Bay film because of her character Tessa’s close bond with her father (played by Mark Wahlberg).
“I love the human element of this film. My favorite part of the whole movie, to do with my character, is the father-daughter relationship because I’m really close with my dad,” Peltz said. “I think it’s so important to have a strong dad.”
Growing up playing sports, Peltz always believed her career would involve professional athletics. “I thought I was going to be an ice hockey player,” Peltz told ET Canada, adding the “Transformers” film’s intense action sequences were nothing short of a good time. “I love all the action and all the athletic part of it … The running and the explosions and you get your adrenaline up. It’s so much fun."
She’s a big Marky Mark fan
Having the opportunity to work alongside Wahlberg in “Transformers: Age of Extinction" has been a dream come true for Peltz. “Working with Mark is amazing,” Peltz said of her time spent on set with the veteran 43-year-old action star. “He’s so much fun. He’s one of the most hard-working people I’ve ever met in my entire life.”
In fact, Peltz is so enamored with her co-star, she even admitted to sneaking on-set during her off-hours to watch him perfect his craft. “I like to go on set when I’m not working sometimes just to watch,” said Peltz. “Watching him work I learn a lot. I mean he’s so good and he’s so talented."