11 Models Making The Jump To Acting
The models turned actors you need to keep an eye out for.
Models turning to acting isn’t a rare occurrence over in Hollywood as it only seems natural for the guys and gals we know best from the biggest fashion campaigns to take their turn on screen too.
Here's 11 models who are making the jump to TV and the movies look just as effortless as strutting down a runway in skyscraper heels...
1. Jon Kortajarena
Forget Tapas, Spanish babe Jon Kortajarena is undoubtably his country’s most delicious export and with three film projects currently in the works it won’t be long before Fergie’s Milfman becomes the cream of the big screen.
Until then, Jon’s memorable cameo in Tom Ford’s directorial effort A Single Man playing Carlos - the sexy hustler who propositions Colin Firth’s character in the street - is five minutes of your life that will stand up to repeat viewing.
2. Abbey Lee
Australian supermodel Abbey Lee first realised that acting was her true calling on the set of Mad Max: Fury Road playing The Dag, one of the Five Wives of the film’s big bad Immortal Joe and who manages to escape the evil dictator with a little help from Tom Hardy’s Max and Charlize Theron’s badass Imperator Furiosa.
Next, she played an 8ft tall warrior who rides a serpent in this year’s Gods of Egypt, and followed that up with a starring role in this summer’s The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn’s new psychological horror film set in the world of fashion. Next up, starring roles in Kate McKinnon comedy Office Christmas Party and fantasy blockbuster The Dark Tower alongside Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey.
3. Courtney Eaton
Following in the footsteps of her Mad Max co-star, fellow Aussie Courtney Eaton - who also played one of the Five Wives in George Miller’s dystopian action epic - also stars in Gods of Egypt, only she doesn’t get to ride a really large lizard like Abbey and in fact plays the movie’s main love interest Zaya.
Abbey, who was snapped up by the same agency that represents Jennifer Lawrence when she flew out to L.A., is currently filming Status Update with Disney’s Austin & Ally star Ross Lynch.
4. Kate Upton
It’s been two whole years since Kate Upton starred alongside Cameron Diaz in girly comedy The Other Woman, but with a James Franco-directed project that also stars Zac Efron, Seth Rogen and Josh Hutcherson due for release later this year, as well as a road trip movie with upcoming Baywatch movie star Alexandra Daddario currently in the works, fashion’s favourite blonde seems serious about making the transition from Sports Illustrated covergirl to serious actress.
5. Emily Ratajkowski
From Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines music video to memorable roles in David Fincher's Gone Girl and the Entourage movie, Emily Ratajkowski has caught the attention of casting directors in Hollywood pretty quickly.
And even though We Are Your Friends with Zac Efron bombed last year at the box office, Emily has two more tries at convincing us there's more to her than model looks with upcoming films In Darkness, a gritty crime thriller set in London’s criminal underworld, and Cruise, and a romance set in the 80s, which sees a young Italian-American from the 'wrong side of the tracks fall for Emily's Jewish girl from Long Island.
6. Suki Waterhouse
She may not have had much to do in Insurgent or in this year’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, but with four films due for release over the next twelve months that co-star the likes of James Franco, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey, and Jim Carrey, as well as a starring role in the Starz network’s new mini-series The White Princess playing Cecily of York, Burberry babe Suki is definitely one to watch.
7. Lucky Blue Smith
He may only be 18-years-old, but social media sensation Lucky Blue Smith will soon be able to add actor to his already impressive CV, which has seen the blue-eyed, blonde-haired American teen land a whopping thirteen covers in 2016 alone.
Yet to receive a release date, Love Everlasting tells the story of a teen called Bridger (played by Lucky) who is in desperate need of a heart transplant. Hear that? It’s the sound of Lucky’s 2.4 million Instagram followers blowing their noses at the same time.
8. Alessandra Ambrosio
The latest babe to jump on the acting bandwagon is Brazilian bombshell Alessandra Ambrosio who plays the girlfriend of Will Arnett’s character, Vernon Fenwick, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2.
And while she’s apparently playing herself in the movie, landing a role in a Michael Bay blockbuster isn’t too shabby for your first ever acting gig.
9. Nyle DiMarco
Model hottie Nyle DiMarco, who is also deaf, has already made the so-called impossible all kinds of a reality by winning both America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars.
So what’s next for the New York native? With a cameo already filmed for the second series of popular comedy series Difficult People, it’s only a matter of time before this talented fox is cast in a summer blockbuster! Is Fast 8 still casting?
10. Gigi Hadid
Music videos count, right? While the current face of Tommy Hilfiger, Max Mara, Stuart Weitzman, Versace, and BMW might be too busy shooting Vogue covers to read movie scripts at the moment, there’s no reason why Gigi Hadid won’t follow in the footsteps of our next model in a couple of years from now.
With over 20 million Instagram followers obsessed with her every move, it’s only a matter of time before she swaps the music video cameos in her boyfriend’s vids for major motion pictures.
11. Cara Delevingne
Having already proven she can play twin mermaids in Pan and “cool girl” Margo Roth Speigelman in the YA adaptation of Paper Towns, Cara Delevingne has now set her sights on blockbuster stardom playing feral witch The Enchantress in DC’s anti-hero flick Suicide Squad.
With parts in two more films due for release later this year (Tulip Fever and London Fields), as well as a starring role in next year’s sci-fi action film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets alongside Dane DeHaan and Rihanna, Hollywood stardom is all but guaranteed for Britain’s finest model export.
- By Portis Wasp.