Agyness Deyn “officially” retires from modelling, wants to make it big in acting

Agyness Deyn

Here are some photos of Agyness Deyn (in an ill-fitting white Comme des Garcons dress) at the London screening for Pusher, which is her latest film that I probably won’t end up watching. She’s had a handful of roles over the past few years, including the small role of Aphrodite in the Clash of the Titans remake. It seems that Agyness (a.k.a. Laura Hollins) has largely abandoned her native United Kingdom on the downswing of a rather lucrative modelling career (and she had a good run despite lying about her age the whole time — she’s 29 now). As such, she’s been situated in the States for awhile and was the rumored jumpoff for James Franco when he dumped his long-term girlfriend. Then in mid June, she surprised everyone by eloping with Giovanni Ribisi, and may have received a surprise of her own when it was reported that in early August, she suddenly realized she was married to a hardcore Scientologist. Oops.

For now though, Agyness isn’t budging from her marriage, and instead, has been preparing to amp up her acting career. Now she says she has “officially” quit modelling (and presumably singing, which she has tried as well) to go full force in Hollywood. Here are some excerpts from her Independent interview:

Agyness Deyn

On playing a stripper with a heart of gold: “My new film, Pusher, has drugs in it, guns, girls. It could have gone a completely different way, but it’s actually a beautiful, vibrant movie, and my character, [the heroin-addicted stripper] Flo, is lovable, vulnerable — an angel. I had to immerse myself in the character. I worked with this amazing girl from the London strip scene as research. She taught me to be a dancer and gave me the reality that I needed for Flo to be empathetic.

What she really wants to do is act: “I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I was a girl but it was clear that something was stewing. I was very sporty — I swam competitively — and I loved music, the arts, having a creative outlet. And then I got spotted [by a modelling agency], and I’ve had this great chunk of time — 10 years — to find out what I really wanted to do, which is to act.”

But she loved modelling: “Oh god, I loved it. Being 18 years old, from Manchester, and suddenly having this new world to explore — being able to travel, meet all these different people, and immerse myself in all these different cultures — was just so much fun. I suppose I have stopped modelling officially. I’ve not done any for a good long while now. I think it was about four years ago when my feelings were changing towards the industry. I didn’t hate it, but I was yearning to do something different. I was on a gradient. It was a gradual thing.”

She has heroes: “It is so inspiring when you come across a woman who is very strong and dedicated and is amazing at what they do. That’s how I feel about Meryl Streep. You watch her, and you can’t help but notice all of that about her. She’s so influential.”

On her new hubby: “I always keep my cards close to my chest I live in Los Angeles these days, and I’m a very private person. That’s just the way I roll. My husband [the actor Giovanni Ribisi, whom she married in June in a secret ceremony] is as well. We don’t socialise on that [celebrity] level, but in terms of recognition, it does feel really nice when a young girl tells me that I’ve inspired her in some way.”

[From Independent]

While I can appreciate that Agyness claims that she wants privacy, and she and Giovanni’s elopement does support that claim, I also think it’s a bit sketchy that she started hooking up with prominent American actors right at the point when her modelling career began drying up. If she really was freaked by Giovanni’s strong, second-generation Scientology ties, then she’s certainly not acting on that fear. Maybe she’s actually into the CO$ stuff too for the promised career connections. Or maybe she’s just pretending not to hate CO$ because she doesn’t want to ruin her existing acting connections. All I really know is that I’ve always caught an air of falsity about Agyness.

Agyness Deyn

Agyness Deyn

Photos courtesy of WENN

 

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  1. marie says:

    ha ha whoops, I thought she retired a long time ago..

  2. dooliloo says:

    JOKE OF THE DAY?? ACTING?? BAHAHAHAHAHA!

    • Amelia says:

      Nicely summed up :)
      Ugh. As someone mentioned a few days ago, models should be seen and not heard *AHEM* Rosie Huntington-Whitely. I was watching the Devil Wears Prada last night, and I only just realised Giselle was in that. Ick. I need to wash the self-righteousness out of my hair.

      • dooliloo says:

        Rosie face and everything about her as public figure is getting on my nerves. She got into “acting” because of her daddy.. I mean sugar daddy! I want to slap her lips, but it’ll only make it worse swollen up!

        As for Gisele, since she’s become a mother she suffers from mouth diarrhoea “I know best, you don’t!”… What?

        I kinda like Kate Moss for that. Stick to your job as a model, be seen not heard!

      • Christina says:

        It was me who said ‘models should be seen and not heard’! And every time I hear the inane ramblings of this or that clothes horse, it just confirms how right I was.

        Agree re. Kate Moss. She never tried to be an ‘actress’ and hardly ever gives inane interviews. She knows what she’s good at – looking fabulous in photographs – and sticks to it. I also respect the fact that unlike some overrated models I could mention, she doesn’t whore out her kid for the cameras. You hardly ever see her daughter, which imho is a very good thing.

      • Christina says:

        It was me who said ‘models should be seen and not heard’! And every time I hear the inane ramblings of this or that clothes horse, it just confirms how right I was.

        Agree re. Kate Moss. She never tried to be an ‘actress’ and hardly ever gives inane interviews. She knows what she’s good at – looking fabulous in photographs – and sticks to it. I also respect the fact that unlike some overrated models I could mention, she doesn’t whore out her kid for the cameras. You hardly ever see her daughter, which imho is a very good thing.

  3. Micki says:

    I’ve watched 2 interviews with her.The girl is full of herself.

  4. Eleonor says:

    Well I think she didn’t have a great career as a model, she has never been a supermodel like Gisele or Kate Moss. My impression was the media were trying to make her an it girl, and it didn’t succeed. She is a meh.

  5. the original bellaluna says:

    Given her new husband’s ties to (and him being neck-deep in) CO$, I’m sure she’ll be handed some roles.

    But only if she toes the party line! (see: Katie)

  6. ukuk says:

    she reminds me SO MUCH of hailey joel osmond. or whatever his name is.. the little boy from “the sixth sense”. she could be his tall-thin brother…

  7. Jessica says:

    I like her better with short hair!

  8. gigi says:

    Well she did what a typical model would do and is on that modeling retirement plan- approaching 30s, jobs drying up, find a rich, successful guy with connections to hang onto and Voila!

  9. Devyn says:

    Wow, I’d never seen her with anything other than short choppy hair… she does seem a bit smug, but she is beautiful IMO.

  10. BangBang says:

    She is so pretty and i wish her all the best in acting. why do people have a hard time with her wanting to be an actress?? Charleze Theron was once a model as well. Just bc someone is pretty doesn’t mean they are without talent.

  11. GoodCapon says:

    The usual route is to go from modelling to acting. Sheesh. Is there no other mode of work available for models? Hand modelling maybe?

  12. mzthirtyeight says:

    I think people should go for whatever dreams they have. If she wants to try for an acting career, go for it. What I do dislike is when so many get in the door-with sometimes lucrative gigs-without proving themselves,simply because they have a name or certain associations (though it seems that scientolgy isn’t exactly the best way in recent times).

  13. Christian says:

    She looks a bit like Roisin Murphy in the last pic.

  14. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    How can you marry someone and NOT know they are hard-core scientologists? If you know that little about a man, you shouldn’t be marrying him.

    But since it will probably help her acting career, then yeah, great, marry a guy you barely know. I know they have a marriage certificate, but some of these “marriages” (like Tom and Katies) seem a lot like legalized prostitution to me.

  15. ms. heart says:

    milktoast boring and bland, perfect $cientology material.

  16. dcypher1 says:

    Wtf is she wearing that white dress is hideous.

  17. Vickytickytori says:

    A friend of mine worked with her on a shoot in London when she was upcoming as a model, and said that she was the most focused, intense person she’d ever met. And not all in a good way – she was asking every single person who they knew, who they could introduce her to, what party to go to, what she should do next – more connections, better jobs etc. Some would say dedicated, some would say famewhore…

    What I’m saying is, if she has now decided to be an actress, I wouldn’t totally underestimate her – she will be networking like billi-o. Proven to work for her, and proven to work in Hollywood…