17 Models Who Broke Into Acting

The lines have become very blurred between actors, singers, dancers, and models. It seems like everyone needs to be a quadruple threat just to keep up in the industry. While celebrities are the most popular spokespeople for luxury brands, many of them didn’t start out as models. Many of them do end up modeling at some point in their career, though.

However, there is a select group of people in Hollywood who began their careers as models before moving on to the silver screen. Here are a few of the most famous models who made the leap to acting.

1. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley started her career as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, modeling their most luxurious underwear on the runway. She also did plenty of work in print advertising, such as the 2008 fall/winter Burberry campaign.

Recently, she’s become known for her movie roles. Her first foray into acting was in Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. However, people really began to take notice of her acting chops after she played the beautiful and fierce Splendid Angharad in Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock

2. Ashton Kutcher

Best known for Dude, Where’s My Car? and for briefly marrying Demi Moore, many people don’t know that Ashton Kutcher got his start in the entertainment industry through modeling.


He was first scouted in a bar in Iowa City, then travelled to New York. He signed with an agency in 1998, and appeared in several Calvin Klein commercials as well as runway shows before transitioning into acting full-time.

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Everett Collection / Shutterstock

3. Emily Ratajkowski

Perhaps best known for being one of the topless girls in the uncensored music video for Robin Thicke’s ill-advised “Blurred Lines,” Emily Ratajkowski was first a model for clients like Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs before beginning her acting career.

She’s had a few large movie roles, but honestly, nothing has come close to giving her as much time in the spotlight as she had immediately post “Blurred Lines.”

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