Models To Movie Stars: 12 Beauties Who Made The Leap
While some are newcomers (Kate Upton and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley), and others have already established a strong foothold in films or television (Jaime King and Amber Valletta), these beauties are taking their talents beyond the runway—and who wouldn’t? After all, the camera already loves them! Click through our slideshow to see 12 models making the leap.
Cole, a renowned British model who has scored coveted campaigns with Chanel and Hermes in the past, landed her first leading role in the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Most recently she tackled the fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman alongside Charlize Theron (who, coincidentally, also started off as a model).
A few highly memorable Sports Illustrated Swimsuit covers (and a viral video of her dancing to “Teach Me How To Dougie”) catapulted Upton to fame. Now the blonde bombshell, who appeared in The Three Stooges and Tower Heist, is donning a bikini on screen for her role in The Other Woman (scheduled for release in 2014), alongside Cameron Diaz.
Before she scored bigger roles in Battleship and What To Expect When You’re Expecting, Decker—another Sports Illustrated Swimsuit veteran—had small roles in TV shows like Royal Pains and Ugly Betty. Now the actress is about to hit a career high note in next year’s action comedy Stretch, also starring Chris Pine and Jessica Alba.
Who could forget Valletta’s turn as the heiress with a heart of gold in Hitch? Since then, the model (who memorably co-hosted MTV’s House of Style in the mid-‘90s) has racked up an impressive resume, most recently appearing as a regular on the hit series Revenge.