Continuing her swing through the U.K., Rihanna appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show to perform “Talk That Talk,” promote her burgeoning cinematic career and celebrate the current state of female dominance in music. But it wasn’t all about her! Winning Brit Awards is nice, but Rihanna really goes to these fancy fêtes to see Adele. When speaking of her peers, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Ms. Adkins, Ross inquired if these female artists are supportive of one another, or if sharing space on the charts begins to get competitive. “It will always be a competition and that’s why I feel like women are becoming so dominant in music right now because we’re very competitive beings and we cannot stand to see another woman do better than us,” she explained. “As much as [men] have egos, our egos are a little bigger, we’re just a lot better at hiding them.” So much for a boy band resurgence, Ri Ri is the face of the newest Girl Power movement, picking up where Ginger and Scary Spice left off. But for all the cockiness, Rihanna was also very open about telling Ross her desires for a new boyfriend. “Single life is so overrated,” she said. “It sucks. You always want to be single when you’re in a relationship, but trust me, no bueno.” Gee, surely someone can take this sorry old maid off the single world’s hands?
More than a partner, what she really wants this year is to establish herself as a serious thespian. The world will get to see Rihanna, the actress, upon the release Battleship, that big summer movie out in April. Playing a badass weapons officer in a film that’s “loosely based” on a board game, amidst aliens, naval jargon and the musk of Taylor Kitsch, is a tall order; we’re eager to see what those Barbadian acting chops have to offer. After the nearly 15-minute chat, Rihanna got around to delivering her first televised performance of new single “Talk That Talk.” The Roc was not in the building, but Ross displayed a few moves thus revealing his willingness to serve as a replacement, should Ri Ri ever want to switch up her dialect. Watch below.