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14 Models Who Nailed It As A-List Actors



Many models try their hand at acting, but it’s not every day that the best models actually make successful careers as actors too. While it is rare, some models have beaten the odds to become A-list stars in Hollywood. Check out these 14 models who nailed it as A-list actors.



Cara Delevingne
Having walked the runway for fashion heavy hitters Burberry and Dolce & Gabana, Cara Delevingne has transitioned into quite the acting career with major roles in movies like “Suicide Squad” and “Paper Towns.”


Channing Tatum
Channing Tatum has become a Hollywood A-lister and household name due to star roles in movies like “Step Up,” “Magic Mike,” and “21 Jump Street.” But Tatum got his start as a high profile model for Emporio Armani and Dolce & Gabana.


Gal Gadot
Former Miss Israel in 2004 and model for Gucci, Gal Gadot ascended to Hollywood stardom with roles in movies like “Fast Five” and “Wonder Woman.”



Milla Jovovich
Known for her roles in “The Fifth Element” and “Resident Evil,” Jovovich first gained notoriety as a fashion model.


Lupita Nyong’o
Former brand ambassador for Lancôme, Lupita Nyong’o has become a top actress is several huge movies such as “Black Panther,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Star Wars,” and “Us.”


Mark Wahlberg
Now a prolific Hollywood actor, Mark Wahlberg first became popular as a model for his now iconic underwear ad for Calvin Klein in the 1990’s, as well his brief stint as a former rapper.


Lily Cole
Formerly named “Model of the Year” in 2004 by the British Fashion Awards, Lily Cole has started a decent career as an actress with roles in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman.”



Ashton Kutcher
A-list actor Ashton Kutcher has starred in several major movies and shows, such as “That 70’s Show,” “The Butterfly Effect,” “No Strings Attached,” “Jobs,” and “Guess Who.” But he got his start as a smoldering Calvin Klein model.



Kate Upton
Well known Victoria’s Secret supermodel Kate Upton transitioned into actress with roles in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “The Other Woman.”


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Another former Victoria’s Secret model who made her debut later on the big screen, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley started in the “Transformers” series as well as played a role in “Mad Max: Fury Road.”


Emily Ratajkowski
A video vixen in Robin Thicke’s music video for “Blurred Lines” and former Sports Illustrated’s model, Emily Ratajkowski landed roles in big films like “Gone Girl” and “Entourage.”


Jamie Dornan
Former fashion model for Armani and Dior, Jamie Dornan went on to score a role in “Once Upon a Time,” as well as a leading role in major movie “50 Shades of Grey.”



Ian Somerhalder
Ian Somerhalder was once a big time model for brands like Guess, Versace and Nautica, who went on to secure a role in popular TV series “The Vampire Diaries.”


Jaime King
One a model for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, Jaime King landed roles in “White Chicks” and “Sin City,” as well as main role in TV show “The Hart of Dixie.”