The Talk That Talk singer, who makes her acting debut in Peter Berg’s sci-fi action adventure Battleship, shrugged off rumours she was in the running to play Houston in a forthcoming biopic but admitted she would be honoured to take the role.
“I didn’t get that call yet,” said the 24-year-old, adding: “That would be something that I would have to give my entire life to do, because I would want to really pull it off. That’s a huge, huge role and whoever does it has to do a good job.”
Houston, 48, died on 11 February in California, hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards party.
Her record label boss and friend Clive Davis is reportedly at the helm of the planned film, with Jennifer Hudson also on the shortlist.
Rihanna – whose real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty – considers Houston a musical inspiration. “I met her at a Clive Davis party. I love her. She’s one of my big music icons, and I have always looked up to her,” she said.
“My first song that I remember falling in love with was a Whitney Houston song – I Will Always Love You.”
She added: “All of her music actually was always played in my house, with Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.
“It was really inspiring and it made me develop a passion for music, so really she’s partly responsible for me being here in this industry.”