Nicola Peltz is as deft at dodging killer bots onscreen as she is striding across a beach in sky-high gold Gucci platform heels and a glittery gold-and-white Proenza Schouler dress.
Her starring role this summer as Mark Wahlberg’s daughter in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction is likely to be a big break for 19-year-old Peltz, whose past work includes The Last Airbender and A&E series Bates Motel.
The daughter of billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz and former model Claudia Heffner, the actress says growing up with one sister and six brothers made her an automatic fan of the $2.7 billion franchise — and brought out her tomboy tendencies. “I was either wearing my brothers’ clothes, or I was wearing a princess outfit and playing with dolls. I guess I’m that way now.” When in Los Angeles, this New Yorker says she loves to stay at Santa Monica’s Shutters on the Beach, and never misses a chance to grab some food at one of L.A.’s Urth Caffes, to peruse the shops on Melrose Avenue and to watch her brothers catch waves in Venice.