From High Fashion to Big Screen: 12 Models-Turned-Actresses
Last year, the summer's breakout action hit Mad Max: Fury Road cast no fewer than four former models in the ranks of its core cast: Abbey Lee Kershaw, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and, of course, the film's star Charlize Theron. It's become something of a well-worn cliché in the industry, as has admitted former model Dree Hemingway ("I’m a walking cliché: I’m a model and an actress," she confessed in an interview with W in 2013), but the transition affords more opportunity to young women than the short lifespan of a runway model. With acting chops and a strong strut to match, these actresses are breaking down the boundaries between runway and red carpet. Here, a look through some of our favorite model-actresses to grace the pages of W.