Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ Co-Star Talks On-Set Chemistry

'We were like mates,' model Dudley O'Shaughnessy says of his connection to Rihanna.

If the onscreen chemistry between Rihanna and her “We Found Love” co-star , boxer-turned-model Dudley O’Shaughnessy, seemed real, well, that’s because it was.

That’s what O’Shaughnessy is saying in a new interview with London’s Evening Standard newspaper, in which he gushes about his connection with the pop star, and admits that after three days on “We Found Love” shoot, he “didn’t want it to end.”

“I loved it,” he said. “Not just because it was ‘a certain person’s’ video, but just because I love being on set.

“I wasn’t star-struck at all … she’s just a nice girl. It’s not like just because she’s achieved so much that she thinks her sh– don’t stink,” O’Shaughnessy continued. “She’s such a humble, down-to-earth girl and that made it even better for me because I didn’t feel intimidated or anything. We just got along. We were just like mates.”

O’Shaughnessy added that, before being cast in “We Found Love,” he had given up his dreams of becoming a professional boxer and was even contemplating quitting modeling, thinking, “I’m going to have to get a normal job now. I’ll have to be a plumber or something,” but, after his agency supplied his headshots to Rihanna’s camp, she personally picked him for the video.

“The director, everyone, loved him,” his agent told the Standard. “Obviously, Rihanna loved him.”

Of course, O’Shaughnessy played it coy when asked about rumors that his and Rihanna’s on-set relationship carried over into their off-set lives. Asked how he handled those steamy sex scenes, the model said, “You’ve just got to get into it,” he said, adding that despite what you may read, he is still very much single.

“It’s not that I’m looking [for a girlfriend],” he said. “I don’t want to say I want a girlfriend or I don’t. If it happens, it happens.”