17 Models Who Broke Into Acting

4. Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai first burst on to the scene as the winner of the 1994 Miss World pageant. Since then, she’s had an incredibly successful career as both a model and actress. As soon as she was crowned Miss World, offers began pouring in for her to act, and she took on many different Bollywood movie roles before making the leap to Hollywood.

One of her most well-known Hollywood roles was her portrayal of Lalita Bakshi in Bride and Prejudice, which was filmed in Hindi, Punjabi, and English.

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5. January Jones

Born in a small town in South Dakota, January Jones worked as a model before breaking into the acting world. After she moved to New York City, she appeared in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch and Clearasil, but her most famous role to date has undoubtedly been as Betty Draper on Mad Men.

After that, people began to sit up and take notice of the blonde beauty. She landed Betty Draper after she moved from New York to Los Angeles in order to focus on her acting career.

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6. Jennifer Connelly

It may be hard to remember that Jennifer Connolly was a model before she was an actress because the start of both of those endeavors were so early in her life. She appeared in many print and TV ads as a child model before being scouted to appear in movies.

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Her most memorable role as a young woman was in the 1986 movie Labyrinth with David Bowie. After doing a few smaller movies in the mid-90s, she again shot to fame with roles in the 1998 movie Dark City, and the 2000 movie Requiem for a Dream.

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