More than a pretty face? Models have mixed record in the movies

Kate Upton, the sunny 21-year-old model who twice graced the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, makes her bid for big-screen success as one of the many other women in The Other Woman, which opened Friday.

But the track record of successful models making the leap from the catwalk to the movie set has been spotty, to say the least, with such luminaries as Cindy Crawford, Estella Warren, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley stumbling when it came to creating a character behind their picture-perfect images. For every Halle Berry, let’s say, there are probably two Fabios.

Halle Berry
Berry stepped off the runway and onto the screen in the 1989 TV series Living Dolls (about, no surprise, models) but proved herself more than just a pretty face playing a crack addict in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever. She has since made film history twice: as the first African-American woman to win the Oscar for best actress in a leading role (Monster’s Ball in 2002), and as the first performer to show up and accept in person a Golden Razzberry Award for Worst Actress (Catwoman in 2004). Which proves that along with her ambition and talent, Berry is also a good sport. She’s back on the big screen this year as Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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