17 Models Who Broke Into Acting

10. James Marsden

James Marsden has been on the forefront of everyone’s minds lately after his stunning turn as the adorable AI Teddy in the HBO drama Westworld. However, like many actors, Marsden’s career started with much less acclaimed work. He modeled briefly for Versace before getting his big break on The Nanny.

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11. Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz was an incredibly successful model and spokesperson before she decided to make the switch to acting full-time. Not only did she appear in American campaigns, but she also travelled all over the world representing companies like Calvin Klein and Coca-Cola.

Her first major movie role came early. She originally went in to audition the 1994 movie The Mask seeking a smaller supporting role, but producers decided to cast her as the female lead opposite Jim Carrey.

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Everett Collection / Shutterstock

12. Tyrese Gibson

After an appearance on a Coca-Cola ad where he both modeled and sang, Tyrese started appearing as a model for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Guess. Then, deciding to showcase his vocal skills, he signed with RCA Records and released a single, quickly followed up by a full album called Tyrese.

He spent five years at RCA, but took time mid-singing career to work as an actor. His most notable appearances are in The Fast and the Furious franchise, as well as the Transformers series.

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