Models Turned Actors
By Gunner Glam
It is rare that people who fit the look to be on the cover of a magazine have the talent to also front a movie poster.
Studio Brow thought we would share some of the most well-known models who went into acting, according to My Lifetime.
Funny guy Ashton Kutcher’s modeling career began in 1997, when he won the Fresh Faces of Iowa contest. He moved to New York to make it big. After just a year in the Big Apple, Kutcher was cast as Michael Kelso in the hit television series That ’70s Show, and his career was launched.
According to Josh Duhamel, he just “sort of fell into modeling.” In 1997 Duhamel won the Male Model of the Year title in an International Modeling and Talent Association competition (first runner-up was Ashton Kutcher). After an appearance in Christina Aguilera’s music video for Genie in a Bottle, he got his first big role on All My Children. He made his big-screen debut in Win a Date With Tad Hamilton.
Chad Michael Murray
When wannabe actor Chad Michael Murray moved from New York to Los Angeles in 1999, he supported himself modeling for Gucci, Skechers and Tommy Hilfiger. That same year he landed a recurring role as Tristin Dugray on Gilmore Girls, which led to his role on One Tree Hill.
Mark Wahlberg became a star in Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, partially due to his impressive physique. No surprise he ended up sporting Calvin Klein underwear on billboards in Times Square. He left modeling and rapping behind when he got his first acting role, in the 1994 movie Renaissance Man.
Antonio Sabato Jr.
TV movie favorite Antonio Sabato Jr. became a Calvin Klein underwear model at just 18. As the son of actor Antonio Sabato Sr., it was only a matter of time before the younger Sabato made his way into the family business with a role on General Hospital and its spin-off.
Before appearing in hits like The Mask, alongside Jim Carrey, and Charlie’s Angels, Cameron Diaz was signed to Elite Model management as a teen and has featured in ads for Calvin Klein and Levi’s.
The 23-year-old model, graced her first Vogue cover in 2005 and has since gone on to walk the catwalk for designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier. She made her acting debut in the 2007 British film St Trinian’s, appeared in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus in 2009 , and will be seen in the upcoming Snow White And The Huntsman. She also has a first class degree from Cambridge and spends a fair whack of her time doing charity work.
Though taller than most models (at 5ft 11in), Janssen landed a job with Elite Model Management and worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Victoria’s Secret and Chanel in her time. Early work included a role in an episode of TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation, working alongside Patrick Stewart. The pair would work together again in the first three X-Men films, Janssen’s most high profile movie outings.
Famous for a Calvin Klein jeans ad, hit the big time with the 1980 hit movie The Blue Lagoon. More recently she was seen in the TV hit Lipstick Jungle. These days she is best known as an actress, but her modelling career began at 11 months of age when she starred in an advert for soap.
Romijn once joked that she was nicknamed the Jolly Blonde Giant thanks to her height (5ft 11in), proving she’s got a sense of humour to match that stature. She modelled for Sports Illustratedand, of course, Victoria’s Secret. Romijn’s first big role came along with X-Men, in which she played blue mutant Mystique. She was asked back for both sequels, and even cameos in X-Men: First Class. Since then she’s turned up in TV’s Ugly Betty.
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