While the biopic of the king of rock ‘n’ roll is just around the corner, coming out on June 24, his oldest granddaughter, Riley Keough, also made her directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival at the same time Elvis premiered there. Her film War Pony , co-directed with Gina Gammell, is about two young Native American boys growing up on a reservation. Although Keough, 33, followed neither her legendary grandfather nor her parents, singer Lisa Marie Presley and musician Danny Keough, into the music industry, she has also made her own name in showbiz. And she planned it all when she was a kid. “At [age] nine, 10, 11, I was making movies all day, and I had a very practical mindset about it all for a child,” she told InStyle . “I was like, ‘I’m going to try and model, get my own money, and then I’m going to finish school, and I’m going to start acting after I’m 18.” Who is the richest woman in the world right now? (No, it’s not Kim K) So, what else do we know about her? 1. She dropped out of school to become a model Growing up, Keough fulfilled her childhood plan. At 14, seeing a friend’s sister making good money from modelling, she quit high school to look for an opportunity on the runway, to be “independent to buy what I wanted”, she explained with Elvis Presley Fans of Nashville. She landed it super fast, thanks to “being a Presley”, she told The Guardian . “It’s been a huge help,” she said. “I’m very privileged. Like the normal story of moving to LA and it takes you three years to find an agent? I got one in a week.” And her gigs were none other than Dolce & Gabbana and Dior. But she also admitted her regrets, saying, “With hindsight, it was stupid. High school is important.” 2. Her acting career ‘started’ with Nicole Kidman At 20, Keough got her first acting role in The Runaways alongside Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart . Then she appeared in numerous films and series, including hits like Magic Mike , Mad Max: Fury Road , Zola and The Girlfriend Experience . She credited Nicole Kidman as her inspiration for the seventh art after she watched Moulin Rouge! in the cinema, a hit by Elvis ’ director Baz Luhrmann, per The Strait Times . “I was like, ‘Wow, I want to be Nicole Kidman, she makes me feel so sad!” she told The Guardian . Who is the father of Amber Heard’s baby? Meet daughter Oonagh Paige 3. But she didn’t want to star in Elvis Appearing in a Luhrmann movie would presumably have been a dream of Keough’s, especially considering that he directed the biopic of her grandfather. However, she never thought she would actually take the offer if it were on the table. “It’s a little too close. It’s intense enough to watch, I don’t want to act in it,” she told IndieWire. “It was a real honour to know Baz was doing this movie … It wasn’t like I distrusted Baz in any way, but you’re protective over your family.” She also appreciated the work of Luhrmann and actor Austin Butler who portrayed Elvis, which prompted a lot of emotion. “I started crying five minutes in and didn’t stop. There’s a lot of family trauma and generational trauma that started around then for our family. I felt honoured they worked so hard to really get his essence, to feel his essence. Austin captured that so beautifully.” 4. She has a production company But modelling, acting and directing are apparently not enough for Keough’s passion for film. She also tried her hand in production and the business side of things. In 2017, she partnered with her long-time friend Gammell to launch Felix Culpa, a production company for books, films and television. “Our company is dedicated to developing material that gives a voice to talent and stories that deserve attention and need to be heard,” she told Deadline at the time. After War Pony , the company’s second film, Manodrome , starring Jesse Eisenberg and Adrien Brody, has just finished production, per Vanity Fair . Inside Khloé Kardashian’s multimillion dollar car collection 5. She found love on a film set It’s not only Keough’s career that’s centred around film, but her love life too. She met I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer when they filmed Magic Mike in 2011. They reportedly got engaged after six months of dating – but it didn’t work out. Then, in 2012, she met Australian stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen while they were working on Mad Max: Fury Road . She “knew” that he was “the one” from the beginning. “Two weeks into dating him, I was like, ‘I could see myself having kids with this person.’ It was kind of like I knew I was meeting my husband,” she told USA Today . The pair tied the knot in 2015. 6. She loves her late step-dad, Michael Jackson After the split with Keough’s father, her mother was married to Michael Jackson during 1994-1996 and the little girl had much fun with the King of Pop. “I didn’t know Elvis, but I did know Michael,” she said in an interview. “He’d get me lots of toys and things I wanted. One time he got me this really nice watch at Disneyland, it was a Beauty and the Beast watch.” “I loved him,” she also shared with T, The New York Times Magazine , recalling the good time at his famous Neverland Ranch. “There were toys everywhere, animals everywhere, kids everywhere. It was like being at Disneyland all day.” Keough also had another famous stepfather, Nicolas Cage, her mother’s third husband, although their marriage ended after just 108 days. 7. She wants to star in Harry Potter Besides going to the cinema, Keough loves art house movies, Marvel films and kids’ movies on HGTV, she revealed to Elle . And her dream project? Harry Potter . View this post on Instagram A post shared by Riley Keough (@rileykeough) “If you would have asked me, like, the career I wanted? I would have been like, ‘I want to be in all the Harry Potters .’” Move over, Scott Disick! Meet Sofia Richie’s new fiancé, Elliot Grainge 8. She doesn’t like drinking or dinners Apart from watching films, Keough doesn’t seem to be terribly interested in common recreational activities like parties or hang-outs to relax after work, even calling herself a “self-existing world bridger”, per The Guardian . View this post on Instagram A post shared by Riley Keough (@rileykeough) “I drank some wine. But I don’t like drinking, really. I have so much to do and it’s hard to function with a hangover,” she said. “Actually, I don’t like dinners either. Such a waste of time. I like eating, but I don’t like that it’s this whole experience, like picking a restaurant and going there and like sitting at a table …” Want more stories like this? Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .