Once they were models

Beautiful and talented, it's no surprise that many actors started their career as models.

Did you know that Charlize Theron , Cameron Diaz , Rebecca Romijn and Monica Bellucci were all models before they moved into acting?
Several actresses started off their career on the catwalk with varying degrees of success.

Courtney Cox and Freida Pinto may not have the height for the runaway, but they were both successful commercial models before Cox landed the role of Monica in Friends and Pinto struck gold with Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire two years ago.

Milla Jovovich is probably one of the most internationally renowned catwalk models to make the transition into film. The 34-year-old has starred in all the Resident Evil films , Joan Of Ark , Dazed and Confused and The Fifth Element and she's still working in fashion!

Gorgeous Amber Valletta was one of the most requested mannequins of the last fifteen years, and is still best known for her modelling work, which includes campaigns for Versace , Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein . However the Arizona-born beauty has also had numerous, if small, roles in film such as What Lies Beneath, Hitch and The Spy Next Door .

Elle MacPherson had a stint on Friends and The Beautiful Life: TBL whilst Gisele Bundchen appeared in both The Devil Wears Prada and Taxi , although neither woman has pursued acting actively.

Amongst the boys, Ashton Kutcher , Jason Lewis and Grey's Anatomy 's Justin Chambers were all successful models before becoming actors. Kutcher has spoken about not enjoying the model life, whilst Lewis has stated that he never received as much attention as when he joined the SATC cast as character Jerrod Smith .

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