Models Making Moves
That inevitable transition from the catwalk to the cineplex is all too familiar in the modelling industry. Retired models always end up in Hollywood.
As the most favoured career pivot, it’s also one where it’s tricky to succeed. We’re still trying to erase Russian model Sasha Pivovarova’s cameo in the Justin Timberlake-led In Time from our memory. That blonde wig did her no favours.
Yes, the move from model to actress can be a vocational nosedive. Yet, despite the pitfalls, there’s currently an upward trend of leading ladies ditching the Burberry campaigns for star-making roles in this summer’s blockbusters.
These are just a few attempting to make their mark, laying claim to real estate in Tinseltown.
Abbey Lee In Mad Max: Fury Road
No Oscars were won for her stunning turn gyrating in the advert for Gucci’s Flora fragrance, but let’s just say Aussie model Abbey Lee knows how to magnetise attention.
For the comic book reboot Mad Max: Fury Road, Abbey Lee drops her last name and suits up for her acting debut alongside fellow models Megan Gale and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. She doesn’t have any delusions about the job, either. “I’m aiming to do what I need to do for acting and nothing more,” she told the Sunday Telegraph. “I’m bowing down to acting.”
In the flick, she joins ‘The Wives’ as The Dag, a refugee from Immortan Joe’s gang.
Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer
Chanel Iman In Dope
Lending her cool girl attitude to Rick Famuyiwa’s Dope, model Chanel Iman aims to update the hood genre. The film follows a rag-tag trio as they navigate their way through the streets of Inglewood, California, dodging dealers and drug fiends.
As free-spirited Lily, one of Iman’s key scenes involves her being sick on friend Malcolm’s face after experimenting with too much weed. “I wanted to play this role because she’s very edgy,” Iman told Elle.
Flush with stars like A$AP Rocky, Quincy Brown (son of rap mogul P. Diddy) and Zoë Kravitz (daughter of funkmaster Lenny Kravitz), Iman is in good company for her on screen debut.
Cara Delevingne In Paper Towns
Pulling ugly-pretty faces is a thing of the past for Cara Delevingne. In Paper Towns, the English model simply plays pretty as Margo Roth Spiegelman, the girl next door who woos her neighbour Quentin (Nat Wolff), then skips town. Talk about unrequited love.
Quentin gathers up his friends for a road trip to search for her. It’s pegged to be the rom-com of the summer; the second adaptation of a John Green novel. You may remember weeping through his first, The Fault in Our Stars.
Paper Towns Trailer
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley In Mad Max: Fury Road
Move over, Abbey Lee. British babe Rosie Huntington-Whiteley might just nab all the screen time as a slave maiden named Splendid in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Also part of refugee group ‘The Wives’, she’ll be maintaining the audience’s adrenaline levels as she hangs off a speeding dune buggie.
She hasn’t graced the big screen since 2011’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon – which got her burned by critics – but the Victoria’s Secret angel is throwing herself head first into the reboot. “I loved the old Mad Max films,” she told The Independent.
Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer
Emily Ratajkowski In Entourage
Perhaps best known for controversially freeing the nipple in Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video, English model Emily Ratajkowski is taking steps to train her acting chops.
To be fair, she was an actor before she began modelling. However, it wasn’t until she played Ben Affleck’s college-aged lover Andie in Gone Girl that she garnered any serious attention.
Now, she’s slated to appear in the film version of HBO comedy series Entourage as a “Hollywood version of herself”.Fake it ’till you make it, we guess?