Elvis Presley’s Granddaughter Riley Keough Says She Loves Playing Characters People ‘Normally Judge, or Even Hate’: Here’s Why

by Matthew Wilson
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Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough is a star in her own right. And she’s quickly made a name for herself in Hollywood for some daring performances. Keough isn’t just content to act for a living. But she wants to find characters that live on the fringes of society.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Keough discussed how she approaches her roles. She walked the outlet through her acting process. Her empathy extends to real life as well and her interactions with others for instance.

“I’m very empathetic. Something I practice in life is finding humanity and empathy for everybody,” Keough told the outlet. “What’s amazing about acting and movies is that you get to spend time with people who you would normally judge, or even hate, but then you might have moments of empathy while watching them. So it’s a really fun exercise in humanity, and I think film is an amazing way to explore that.”

Keough has starred in some big-budget films like stunt-heavy “Mad Max: Fury Road” or critical darlings like “American Honey” or “Logan Lucky” as well. She’s quickly established a career for herself in the entertainment industry, appearing in the biopic “The Runaways” in 2010. Since then, the actor’s performances have varied, acting in every from blockbusters to indie films.

Riley Keough on Her Personality

She also seems to have inherited a bit of her grandfather’s nerves as well. Elvis Presley may have been on top of the world when he was alive. But he was also a bundle of nerves and anxiety as well. In fact, his signature dance came as a result of his legs shaking on stage.

Keough is not as bad as Presley in regards to anxiety. But she describes her real self as both quiet and reserved. Keough is introverted but when she’s on-screen, her characters are outgoing and sometimes bubbly.

“I sometimes can be shy and introverted. But mostly, I think I’m just quiet. I prefer to listen than to speak. I’m kind of just a witness to whatever’s going on around me all the time,” Keough continued. “So I don’t think I suffer from social anxiety. It depends on the group I’m in as well. If I’m with my really good friends, we’re all equally as outgoing and chatty. So I’m definitely quieter. I didn’t grow up needing to be the center of attention. I’m not a ham. I’m not that kind of a person. But with acting, you have characters that are harder to play than others, and I would definitely say that playing Stefani, or more outgoing characters, is more fun. It’s definitely more fun when you have more to play with and more to do.”