Successful models often have to put up with constant remarks that they are ‘nothing more than a pretty face’ or a ‘clothes horse’ but there’s much more to the world of modelling than that. They understand the demand to work long hours, keep in shape and to have an excellent set of networking skills to keep jobs coming in. Sounds much like the personal requirements for a movie star too which is no surprise why many models like to dip their toe in the acting pool – they do look like a star after all.
Having a face that the camera loves will always help during casting calls, you can’t fake perfect bone structure and although their look isn’t always considered a conventional beauty – they know exactly how to work the lens to find the best angle for them. What big players in Hollywood are always on the look out for is a star that already appears on the scene with a ready-made fan base and these stars had the whole perfect package.
Many breakout stars tend to flee from the scene within their first couple of years on set, as it finally hits them just how much work is required to hit the big time. Constant grooming, staying healthy, travelling extremely long distances throughout the week and learning how to get along with people – it can all be a bit too much. However when you started out young in this environment you have a better chance of understanding exactly what you’re getting into.
Here are the twelve hottest models who decided that wanted to be in front of the camera, but not just as themselves…
12. Kate Upton
Kate Upton decided that she wanted to become a model at just 16-years-old, she went to Elite Model Management in 2008 and was signed by them on the spot. Her stunning looks landed her a job with Guess in 2010 as the face of the brand and she appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan, ELLE, GQ, British Vogue and Vogue Italia.
It wasn’t until a viral clip of her dancing at a Los Angeles Clippers game went viral that she became an overnight sensation; the video gained almost a million views in it’s first 24 hours online. Upton also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated for their Swimsuit Issue two consecutive years in a row; the only other model to ever have achieved this was Tyra Banks.
In 2011 she got her big screen break by appearing as Mr Hightower’s Mistress in Tower Heist; her following movies were in The Three Stooges (2012) and The Other Woman (2014) alongside Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann. She also fronted a $40 million dollar campaign for Game of War: Fire Age in 2014 and in 2016 she will take a lead role in the movie The Layover which is directed by William H. Macy.
11. Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum had a troubled childhood; he has discussed in interviews before about dealing with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia growing up which saw him leave school without the best grades. In 2000 at just 20-years-old; Tatum began working as a model landing regular paid work with big brands such as Armani and Abercrombie & Fitch. In 2001 he was chosen to be one of Tear Sheet magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful Faces of that year and signed up with modelling agencies in both Milan, Italy and New York City.
His movie career began four years later in 2005 when he was cast as Johnson in Coach Carter alongside Samuel L. Jackson and directors started to recognise Tatum could be more than just a pretty face. Since then he has starred in many movies including blockbuster hits: Dear John (2010), 21 Jump Street (2012), Magic Mike (2012), Lego Movie (2014) and Foxcatcher (2014).
He is currently The Hateful Eight due for release in 2016; this will be the eighth film from director Quentin Tarantino and will secure Tatum firm status as one of the biggest names on Hollywood.
10. Milla Jovovich
In 1980 at just five-years-old Milla Jovovich emigrated to London from Kiev, Ukraine after her family left the Soviet Union. They shortly relocated to Los Angeles but times were tough for Jovovich; Milla’s mother was a trained actress but she could not get work in Los Angeles due to language barriers, her father was sent to prison for five years in 1994 after taking part in an illegal operation involving medical insurance and she was badly bullied at school. Jovovich remembers her school years as a tough time, she said: “I was called a commie and a Russian spy. I was never, ever, ever accepted into the crowd”.
During her teenage years Jovovich was known as a rebel-child; she used drugs, vandalised public property and committed credit-card fraud. Her big break came when she was 11-years-old and was signed immediately on the spot by Prima modelling agency. She shot the cover for the US edition of Mademoiselle magazine and became the youngest child ever to appear on the front of a women’s fashion magazine. She has worked with some of the biggest names in the business including Christian Dior, Gap, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Versace and DKNY.
In 1997 Jovovich landed her first lead role in The Fifth Element alongside Bruce Willis and Gary Oldman. She created her own fictional language to play LeeLoo who was an alien and went on to marry the director that gave her the big break, Luc Besson, but the marriage only lasted two years. Her greatest on-screen achievement was taking on the role of Alice throughout the Resident Evil franchise; the Resident Evil: Final Chapter is due for release in 2016 and will be the final time she kicks-butt on screen leaving behind a brilliant legacy.
9. Josh Duhamel
There’s not many people who have the dashing looks to just fall into modelling as a part-time job but then many people aren’t Josh Duhamel. After college he moved to Northern California with a previous girlfriend and competed in a competition for Male Model of the Year in 1997; he won the title by beating fellow competitor Ashton Kutcher to it.
With modelling work going strong and well; Duhamel was cast as an extra in a few music videos including Christina Aguilera‘s Genie In A Bottle (1999). He began to like being on a movie set more than the runway so he took acting lessons and then landed his break-through role as Leo du Pres in ABC’s All My Children; he even went on to win a Daytime Emmy Award for the role in 2002.
Duhamel landed roles in several feature-length movies including Win a Date with Tod Hamilton! (2004), Turistas (2006) and he was even hand-picked for the role of Captain William Lennox in the Transformers (2007) by none other than Steven Spielberg himself who was the executive producer. In 2009 and 2011 he returned for the sequels and his name was secured as a new entry in Hollywood everyone should be keeping their eyes on.
8. Sofia Vergara
The 5 foot 7″ beauty that is Sofia Vergara was spotted by a modelling scout on a Colombian beach and offered at just 17-years-old to star in a Latin-American Pepsi commercial; still in school at the time Vergara had to ask permission from her Catholic teachers before she was able to accept the job. At 20-years-old she moved home to Colombia where she became a successful runway model.
It wasn’t until 1995 when she got her big break on screen, she was offered a role co-hosting a travel series which allowed her to be flown around the world and she became a huge name on the Latin-American TV circuit. After appearing as a guest-star in the HBO series Entourage (2004-2011) she was recognised as a new emerging star in Hollywood and struck it lucky with roles in The Smurfs (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), Escape From Planet Earth (2013), Machete Kills (2013) and Chef (2014).
May 2015 will see the release of another blockbuster feature for the star; she will star opposite Reese Witherspoon in the action-comedy Hot Pursuit. In 2012 Vergara became the world’s highest earning TV star, bringing in $19 million just that year alone, and if she pays close attention to any tips from Witherspoon she could soon be one of the highest earning movie stars too.
7. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
When Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was just 15-years-old she began work experience at Profile modelling agency based in London; after she graduated from school they offered her a photo shoot with Levi’s and her modelling career was officially launched. In 2006 she was signed to luxury lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret and in 2008 she landed the cover of British Vogue’s November 2008 issue which secured her name as a big thing in the modelling industry.
In 2010 she began dating actor Jason Statham where she was given a taste for what life is like in the movies and liked it. She replaced Megan Fox as the lead star of Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Movie magazine gave the star a rave review commenting: “She reminds me of Cameron Diaz in The Mask, an actress who doesn’t really show off any range, but who gives a natural, winning performance and who is up to the challenge of this particular picture”. This summer she will appear in Mad Max: Fury Road with Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.
Casting directors are beginning to hear a lot more of the name Huntington-Whitley and it may be only a matter of time before her and Statham team up for a movie together.
6. Agyness Deyn
Agyness Deyn was spotted by fashion designer Henry Holland in London and the 5 foot 8 ” beauty was signed up to SELECT model management immediately. In May 2007, Deyn landed the front cover of American Vogue and in May 2008 she was the guest editor of i-D Magazine and the whole issue was dedicated to her. After working with Burberry, Anna Sui, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Mulberry; the world of modelling was at her feet.
In 2012 she gave an interview with The Independent magazine where she spoke about her retirement from modelling. She said of her career: “I suppose I have stopped modelling officially. I’ve not done any for a good long while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feelings were changing towards the industry. I didn’t hate it, but I was yearning to do something different. I was on a gradient. It was a gradual thing”.
Deyn had already begun her acting career in 2010 when she took on the role of Aphrodite in Clash of the Titans. She then gained her first lead role in Electricity (2013) which is a movie that follows a young woman and her journey through dealing with epilepsy. With three more feature-length movies due for release she is one emerging star who won’t be leaving our screens anytime soon.
5. Lily Cole
Lily Cole is one of the most recognisable faces in the fashion industry and it’s mind-blowing to hear it was all by complete chance that she got her big break. At just 14-years-old Cole was walking through Soho in London where she was spotted and approached with a deal to start a modelling career. Cole refused to believe that it may be a waste of her time but after more consideration she changed her mind and was signed by Storm Models.
Her modelling career ever since has been a huge success. Brands such as Rimmel, Moschino, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen have all worked with the star. Cole has said that she always doubted her potential as a model but with the constant work she received, it did help push doubts to the back of her mind. She is best known for her signature red hair.
In 2007 she gained her big acting break as she took on the role of Polly the Geek in British comedy St. Trinian’s. Two years later she then landed the lead role in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009) starring opposite Heath Ledger; who sadly passed away before filming had finished. The movie was directed by Terry Gilliam and he praised the actress saying: “She has an amazing look and grasps what is required so very quickly. If she wants a career as an actress, she has a brilliant future”.
In 2015; Cole has landed roles in four different movies due for release soon so she is one model who we will be seeing in the cinema a lot more often.
4. Cameron Diaz
Aged just 16-years-old Cameron Diaz was snapped up by Elite Model Management and her career was launched as she jetted all around the world for jobs. Levi’s, Calvin Klein and Coca-Cola were some of the big companies that she landed work with and the 5 foot 7″ beauty also managed bag the front cover of Seventeen magazine in July 1990.
Then aged 21-years-old, Diaz was advised to audition for as the female lead in the upcoming comedy The Mask (1994) – starring opposite Jim Carrey. She landed the part but as she had no acting experience at all she had to begin taking lessons for the role. The Mask became an international box-office hit and she was the hottest new face in Hollywood.
Since her debut Diaz has starred in over 50 full-length features including There’s Something About Mary (1998), Charlie’s Angels (2000), Shrek (2001) and My Sister’s Keeper (2009). The blonde star received a Golden Globe nomination for Gangs of New York in 2002.
3. Jamie Dornan
Before there was the chance to swoon over Jamie Dornan in 50 Shades of Grey (2014) he could be spotted in many high-end fashion magazines as a former Calvin Klein underwear model. Since 2004 he had steady work coming in from luxury brand giants such as Dior Homme and Giorgio Armani; but his greatest achievement was in one advert he posed with Eva Mendes dripped all over his topless body and he was named ‘The Golden Torso’ by The New York Times.
He then got his big acting break as he was cast as Count Axel Fersen in Marie Antoinette (2006) opposite Kirsten Dunst. The Belfast born star then switched sides and began a new career as an actor which saw him appear in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) as the lead Christian Grey. He has now signed up to appear as Grey in two future features; Fifty Shades Darker (2017) and Fifty Shades Freed (2018).
The model turned actor began dating actress Keira Knightley in 2003 but the couple soon split. However he’s still off the market as he married English actress Amelia Warner in a country house in ceremony in 2013. They have one daughter together, Dulcie.
2. Ashton Kutcher
One night in 1997 at an Iowa City bar; a talent scout approached a young teenager named Ashton Kutcher and asked him to enter a competition called ‘Fresh Faces of Iowa’ which he then went on to win and the rest is history. The competition launched a modelling career for Kutcher as he was signed up to the Next modelling agency and won big contracts with Calvin Klein and Versace.
With his confidence up and his sights set on becoming a big star; Kutcher moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to audition for many parts until he gained work. After several setbacks and rejections he finally got a call to say he had successfully won the part of Michael Kelso in the new TV series: That ’70s Show. The show was a huge success from 1998 until 2006. Since then Kutcher has been a big name in Hollywood and he also starred in many feature movies including Dude Where’s My Car? (2000) and The Butterfly Effect (2004).
He is now married to his That ’70s Show co-star Mila Kunis, the couple have one daughter together – Wyatt Isabelle who was born last year.
1. Cara Delevingne
Since Cara Delevingne burst onto the modelling scene in 2009; it feels as if her career has been moving at an unstoppable speed and there’s no slowing her down. Almost every fashion designer is jumping at a chance to work with the 5 foot 8″ star as she has been the face of many luxury brands including Mulberry, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry and Chanel. Now she has become a very sought-after name in Hollywood too.
Delevingne made her first appearance on the big screen in Anna Karenina (2012) as Princess Sorokina. She then took on a lead roles in The Face of an Angel (2014) and Paper Towns (due for release summer 2015). After establishing herself as a multi-talented, emerging superstar she landed roles in two of the most anticipated upcoming summer blockbusters. Fans will see she is almost unrecognisable in Pan, due for release this year, as a mesmerising mermaid. Then in 2016 fans can look forward to seeing her appear as Enchantress in Suicide Squad.
It appears Delevingne prefers walking onto movie sets now more than the catwalk and if her movies bring home the gold at the box office – she will be looking at an exciting future career…
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