The Top 20 Actors Who Started As Models

There is no shortage of beautiful people in Hollywood and sometimes, we find that the most beautiful models are sometimes hired to appear in high-profile films. Sure, it might have seemed interesting at the time, but many of the following had quite the large amount of success when they made the transition from runway to silver screen.

Kate Upton


She wasn’t known all that well until her viral video showing her doing the Dougie at a basketball game caught her appearance as a cover model for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue in 2012 and 2013.

Cameron Diaz


Starting at age 16 with a modeling agency, she would appear in Calvin Klein and Levi’s advertisements before her first role in The Mask (1994).

Rosie Huntington-Whitely


Having been a famous Victoria’s Secret model in 208, she was selected to replace Megan Fox as the love interest in the Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon (2011).

Djimon Hounsou


After working as a model in Paris during the late 1990s, he decided to make the move to America and would earn an acting role in Without You I’m Nothing before being selected by Steven Spielberg for Amidstad.