Next Gen 2015: 'Mission Impossible' Star Rebecca Ferguson on Returning Tom Cruise's Phone Call

Rebecca Ferguson  - H 2015
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Rebecca Ferguson  - H 2015

The 'Rogue Nation' actress went from being rejected for a deodorant commercial audition to landing the attention of Cruise for his blockbuster franchise.

A version of this story first appeared in the Nov. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The Stockholm-raised actress, who got her start modeling and in soap operas, first caught Hollywood's eye in the BBC's The White Queen, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie took notice, casting her as the femme fatale in Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation. After rave reviews, she landed the DreamWorks adaptation of the best-seller The Girl on the Train opposite Emily Blunt. And she's in talks to star with Michael Fassbender in Working Title's The Snowman.

Actor or director I'm dying to work with: I never feel comfortable pointing out specific actors, directors or genres. That's the loveliest thing about my job. I get to throw myself into different environments with completely different artistically minded people and have the opportunity to go from one energy to another and one creative mind to the next.

My worst habit on set: Caffeine, caffeine and more caffeine.

TV show I'm addicted to: I'm not addicted to any current show at the moment. It's the worst best thing ever, falling in love with a series. It's so fulfilling and yet so extremely time-consuming. My last addiction was Breaking Bad, and if I'm not careful Narcos will soon have me hooked!??

My worst audition: I do remember one commercial casting I did for a deodorant many many years ago. I had to stroke my armpit whilst making an oh-how-I-love-my-silky-clean-dry-skin sound and doing a little skip hop and a dance … I didn't get it! ??

If I weren't an actor: I'd be a photographer and mountaineer.

My Hollywood pet peeve: I have many pet peeves and they are not geographically determined. More than anything I believe in fighting for equal opportunities in the world.

Favorite movie: I love thousands. No one favorite possible. But maybe today: Some Like it Hot (because I saw it last night).