There was a time when “model-turned-actress” was a toxic phrase in Hollywood, whispered only at parties with the appropriate levels of snark. Cindy Crawford tried it. Kathy Ireland did, too. But with the recent success of Cara Delevingne and to a lesser extent, Emily Ratajkowski, making the leap from the runway to the silver screen isn’t such a funny proposition.
The latest supermodel who wants to try her hand at acting is Bella Hadid, who revealed her career plans to In Style. “People think that I don’t smile and I’m super cold,” she said. “With acting, you can show more of who you are. I would have to get a hold of my ADD, but otherwise I think it would be fun.”
Hmm. If Hadid really wants the world to see the “real” her, embarking on a career built around pretending to be other people seems like an odd way to do it. But if Hadid is serious about dipping her toes into the acting world, she has the benefit of a built-in fan base on her many social media platforms that might be enough to convince studio heads to actually give her a shot.
When Delevingne won the lead in the teen romance The Fault in Our Stars, some observers suggested that it was thanks to her social media following rather than any kind of discernable talent. Delevingne pushed back on that notion in an interview with Reuters. “I work really hard, I don’t want anyone to ever think that this is a fluke or I got this because of my social media presence,” she said at the time.
Hadid it seems, is aware of the potential backlash, and has already started positioning herself as a self-made woman. “I’m not saying I don’t love my job, but people think modeling is just a bullshit thing to become more famous,” she said. “I was 100 percent independent by the time I was 18, and I paid for my own apartment. That wasn’t because of my parents. I worked my ass off for two years.”
With Daniel Day Lewis officially done with acting, the job of “World’s Greatest Actor” is suddenly vacant. Just saying.