Published On: Sun, Jun 22nd, 2014

Nicola Peltz — The Transformers star you should know about

Nicola Peltz / Getty


The 19 year-old star of Michael Bay‘s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the next hot name in Hollywood: Nicola Peltz.

If you haven’t heard the name before, you should probably learn it. It’s not too wild an assumption that you’ll be hearing it quite a lot in the future.

Nicola Peltz is going where actresses Megan Fox and Rosie Huntington-Whitely have gone before; her starring role in the franchise’s reboot film, which opens June 27, would arguably be a career-making role for the beautiful young actress.

Peltz, who also appears on A&E’s Psycho-prequel series “Bates Motel”, plays Tessa Yeager in the film, a teenager who – along with her inventor father Cade (played by Mark Walhberg) – makes a discovery that could bring down the Autobots and Decepticons.

The Bay-veteran Wahlberg, whom Peltz has reportedly “known for a long time through a mutual friend of her father’s”, had words of advice for the blooming actress before shooting began.



“He told me that on a Michael Bay film, you have to learn the script like a play, learn the lines, scenes, situations, everything before you have your first day on set”, she told SheKnows Entertainment. “You never really know what Michael wants to film that day. Sometimes he’ll pull out a random scene, and when you know it, it’s so much better for everyone.”

Peltz also shared, in an interview with The New York Post, what it was like to work with the fearsome director, who Fox once compared to both Napoleon and Hitler.
“The yelling doesn’t frighten me, ” she told the magazine. “Michael is a genius at what he does. He gives 110 percent. He honestly just expects the same, as he should.”

(L to R) Director Michael Bay,    Li Bingbing,    Nicola Peltzat,    Mark Wahlberg,    and Jack Reynor  / Getty


Born and raised in Westchester, Peltz is the daughter of Jewish billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz, non-executive chairman of the Board of The Wendy’s Company and former owner of the Snapple brand. Growing up in a 27-room mansion on a 130-acre estate, which features a lake, waterfall, indoor hockey rink and a flock of albino peacocks, the young up-and-coming star, who has seven siblings, didn’t always have Hollywood starlet aspirations. “I grew up playing ice hockey, ” she told Access Hollywood at the film’s press junket in Hong Kong this week. “I have six brothers, so I definitely grew up being a tomboy and I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.”

The actress landed her first big role in 2010’s “The Last Airbender”, followed by playing a suicidal teen on A&E’s “Bates Motel”. She was also featured in the music video for Miley Cyrus’ hit single “7 Things”. In addition to her bound-to-be blockbuster role in the new Transformers installment, she will also be seen in “Affluenza”, opening July 11.

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