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But Huntington-Whiteley insists she had no idea she was up for the female lead in the third installment - and was convinced she'd messed up her chance at movie success.

She tells Britain's Daily Express, "I went to the casting unaware they were looking for a new female lead. We were told it was for a 'nemesis' role. I left thinking I was awful. The next day I was offered the lead!

"I met Shia LaBeouf that evening and within three weeks I was shooting my first scenes."