There are many famous people in Hollywood who have been working for years; acting, producing, directing, and we see the steps how they have gotten to where they are. We have seen Emma Watson grow from the young Hermoine in the Harry Potter series, to movies where she plays a more adult role, such as in Noah. It is obvious where she started; we all watched her grow up on screen. Then there are others who seemed to have been in Hollywood forever, and we wonder where they started. Some people we just assume that they were born actors; while others appear to have had something more. These are the beautiful people of Hollywood that have gotten their “start” by modeling. For some, they may not have had any chance at all, if it weren’t for some of the modeling companies that “helped” these actors along.
15. Julia Roberts
In 1990, Julia Roberts won the hearts of millions around the globe by appearing onscreen with Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. She has been in multiple movies since, and won countless awards throughout her career. But before one of the “100 Hottest Women Of All-Time” (a title given to her by Men’s Health) was paid for playing a prostitute, a gangster (in the Ocean’s Eleven movies) and being a Runaway Bride, Julia was a former model. She grew up wanting to work with animals and become a veterinarian; but instead, Julia enrolled in acting classes and went to Click Modeling Agency while waiting for her career to take off.
14. Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda has had her fair share of controversy over the years of being an actress. In the 70s, she was known for aiding the radical group, the Black Panthers, had a nervous breakdown due to a failed marriage, had breast implants and then had them removed; becoming an activist for women not to have plastic surgery. She also admitted to creating her workout tapes in order to raise money for one of her husband’s political campaigns. Jane is mostly known for her workout videos and for playing an actress in a few movies; including the 1980s favorite, 9 to 5, with Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin. She has been in the Hollywood eye for over fifty years; but before she was a famous actress, Jane was a model, and had even been on the cover of Vogue twice during her modeling days.
13. Julianne Moore
Before being seen on the big screen in movies like The Hunger Games, Julianne Moore was a soap-opera star. She played Frannie Hughes in the television series from 1985-1988, and won a Daytime Emmy for her character in the show. Eventually, she went on to movies, starting in 1990, and has been noted as a film and television star ever since.
Julianne was not planning on becoming famous in her teenage years. She attended college and had intended to have a career as a physician. She was in a few plays back in high school and college, and modeled, starting at a young age.
12. Famke Janssen
The Golden Eye Bond Girl, Famke Janssen, is famous for her astonishing beauty and amazing ability to create an accent to perform any role. She has performed in many films throughout her years; including Lord of Illusions and Taken. Famke also appeared in television shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Nip/Tuck. Famke was actually born in the Netherlands, and knows English and Dutch, having studied at The University of Amsterdam. She is mostly known for her role as the psychic Dr. Jean Grey in the X-Men movies. Many people already know this, but what they don’t know is that before she became a superhero (or at least played one), Famke was a model. She moved to the United States to become a fashion model in 1984, and worked for Elite Model Management and several other agencies. Famke ended up working as a Victoria’s Secret model and has done many commercials; including one for a perfume called Exclamation by Coty, Inc. in 1988.
11. Halle Berry
Another Bond girl and former fashion model is the Academy Award-winner, Halle Berry. She won an Oscar for the movie, Monster’s Ball in 2002, and was one of the highest paid actresses during her reign in the 2000s. Halle also played in the X-Men movies as Storm; where she is a mutant who controls the weather in the portrayal. Before her time in power over Hollywood, Halle was also a fashion model, just as her co-star, Famke Jenssen had been. The main difference being that Halle was in multiple beauty pageants; even becoming first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant in 1986, and also landed sixth place in the Miss World Pageant of the same year.
10. Cameron Diaz
One of the funniest actresses on the big screen today is Cameron Diaz. She can’t sing well, and her dancing is all her own; but she loves to live up to it, and that is what makes her so unique. Cameron has been seen showing off her unusual dancing skills in Charlie’s Angels, her not-so-stunning singing in There’s Something About Mary, and has even shown her talented range of vocal styles as the voice of Fiona in Shrek. Cameron is definitely one-of-a-kind, and this was apparent even before she became famous. She started out as a fashion model for Elite Model Management at sixteen, and was able to show off her “assets” by appearing in commercials for Levi’s and Calvin Klein. In 1990, she was on the front cover of Seventeen Magazine.
9. Milla Jovovich
For anyone who has seen The Fifth Element, they know exactly who we are speaking about when the word, “multipass” is muttered. They will sound it out slowly, like Leelo does in the movie, “mul-ti-pass…” and for those who haven’t seen it, will think they are crazy. But that is how it works with someone who has starred in a movie that has turned into a cult classic; such as Milla Jovovich has done. Milla has been dubbed the “reigning queen of kick-butt,” according to VH1 in 2006; since her movies generally feature the green-eyed beauty literally “kicking butt.” She has been seen fighting aliens in The Fifth Element, and killing zombies in the movie versions of Resident Evil. Milla started acting a young age, but was modeling when she was only twelve years old, when she was featured on the front cover of an Italian magazine, called Lei.
8. Ashton Kutcher
Okay, so Ashton Kutcher may not be a woman, but he sure is a beauty, in retrospect. He started out modeling at Next modeling agency that is located in New York, and appeared in Calvin Klein advertisements. From there, Ashton went on to play Kelso in That 70s Show, that ran for eight years. During the time he was acting in the television sitcom, Ashton was also involved in many movies. He played a stupid, yet comical teen in Dude, Where’s My Car? in 2000, Guess Who in 2005, and Cheaper By The Dozen, with Steve Martin, and The Butterfly Effect, as well. Ashton is not only a pretty face. He can currently be seen in many different commercials and is still acting in movies and is an accomplished producer and inventor. Apparently, he is one man who loves to stay busy.
7. Charlize Theron
Growing up in South Africa, Charlize Theron had always been a “natural” beauty. At the age of sixteen, she won a modeling contract and moved to Italy. She spent an entire year traveling Europe, and eventually moved to New York to become a ballet dancer. She had hoped to become a ballerina, but injured her knee and her dreams were crushed. At nineteen, her mother told her to either move on with her life or come back home to South Africa. Charlize then moved to Los Angeles and became the famous actress that everyone is familiar with today; including winning an Academy Award for her part in the movie, Monster.
6. Marilyn Monroe
It may not be such a big surprise that Marilyn Monroe started out her career as a young model. Marilyn had actually grown up in foster homes, and was born Norma Jeane Mortenson; but later, her last name was changed to Baker, due to the legitimacy of the father. She changed her name to Marilyn Monroe legally in 1956, after she had been acting for several years. Marilyn Monroe was known as the “blonde bombshell” in many movies that she had appeared in, back in the 1950s and 1960s, and died at the young age of 36 in 1962. There is a book that was published, called Fragments. The book is a collection of Marilyn’s writings that include her diaries and private letters that were discovered in 1999, by Anna Strasberg; according to reports.
5. Rachel Weisz
Before being wrapped up in the movie The Mummy, with Brendan Fraser in 1999, Rachel Weisz (pronounced “Vice,” as Rachel has stated in a recent interview) was in London, England. She was appearing in several television shows and movies throughout the country, and ultimately made her international appearance in The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Rachel is now known for her roles in many movies; including Eragon, Fred Claus, playing Dr. Marta Shering in The Bourne Legacy and she was also appears in Oz, The Great and Powerful, from 2013. Rachel started modeling at the age of fourteen in 1984, but turned down a role in King David, when she was just “starting out.”
4. Jennifer Connelly
The movie, Labyrinth, stars a young Jennifer Connelly who is a teenage girl who is trying to save her little brother from the evil Goblin King, played by David Bowie. Jennifer was just fourteen years old during the filming of the movie, but this wasn’t the first time that the young girl had seen the spotlight. Jennifer started modeling at the young age of ten, and signed a contract with Ford Modeling Agency; where she gained recognition by doing commercials and had said at one point that she “had no aspirations to become an actor.” Several magazine appearances, television shows, movies and an Academy Award later, Jennifer Connelly is now an actor, and a very beautiful and talented one, at that.
3. Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum is another one on the list who also may not be a “Hollywood beauty,” but to many, he appears to be a man who is very pretty; with all due respect. According to many who watch television and movies, Channing Tatum is one of the best looking men in Hollywood, and apparently the modeling industry noticed this early on in Channing’s career. Before becoming widely known in television and movies, Channing worked as a fashion model for designers Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch. He also worked in commercials and was in Vogue magazine, after signing with Page Parkes Modeling Agency in 2000. He has also modeled in Italy and New York.
2. Uma Thurman
At 5’11”, it is no surprise that the blonde-haired, blue-eyed actress, Uma Thurman was once a model before she became an actress. She began modeling at the age of fifteen with Click Models, and in 1986, ended up on the cover of British Vogue. Two years later, Uma started her acting career that has been almost non-stop since then. She has been known to play controversial roles; including a movie she was in that had a NC-17 rating, a gangster’s girlfriend in Pulp Fiction, Gattaca, and Poison Ivy in the movie; Batman & Robin. She even starred in the Kill Bill movie series, where she was an assassin in the film.
1. Angelina Jolie
The highest paid actress in Hollywood is Angelina Jolie, according to Forbes magazine, three years running. She is not only known for the movies she has been in, but her extraordinary philanthropic work. Whenever the actress, director and filmmaker wants to act in a movie, she normally gets it (and is paid well for it, too). Her very first movie was when she was barely seven years old, with her father, Jon Voight, in Lookin’ to Get Out. Angelina did not decide upon a film career and it wasn’t until ten years later when she played in Cyborg 2, in 1993. Some people may remember her as the cute computer-geek, Acid Burn, in the movie Hackers, filmed two years later. When Angelina was fourteen, she was taking acting classes but dropped out to become a funeral director and became a fashion model. She went back into acting a short time later after, “renting an apartment above a garage,” according to sources.