Agyness Deyn was discovered over 10 years ago, but her modelling career sky rocketed in 2006 when she was signed by a New York agent and became their new British supermodel overnight. Well recognised for her raffled blonde cut “Agy” that young women got obsessed with for a while.
British model of the year in 2007, she has been the flagship face of Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Giorgio Armani, and many other. Couple years ago Agyness decided to give up modelling and pursue her acting career.
I love the way Agyness talks about her move from modelling to acting career:
“For modelling, you have to be such a strong person in a way – or seen to be a strong person”… “But in acting you have to get in touch with all the vulnerability that you carry.”
“When I started doing little bits of acting I was like, this is what I’m supposed to be doing, you know? Going to this place where there’s this fulfilment in kind of like letting go, and also that part of really getting in touch with yourself, to be able to understand a different character, and then portray that to whoever’s watching it, and to be able to penetrate them in a way that touches them. And there’s this unsaid kind of bond with us all [in the cast] which is so powerful, you know? It’s like this family, there for each other; I feel held by the other people who are doing it, which is so great, cos like with modelling for so long it’s a very solo project, and quite lonely. Being part of – well, it makes me feel emotional just talking about it – being part of this with these great people – it’s just like so cool.”
I can’t wait to see her on stage! She stars Paula in a dinner party comedy – The Leisure Society at Trafalagar Studio 2 in the West End until 31st March.
Agyness about the show:
“It’s a back-and-forth of absurdity. Paula’s 21, and I suppose when you’re 21 you have no filter, you have no concept of, like, consequences, but it’s not like a conscious thought – everything is a bit black and white, cos you’ve just not had enough experience. When you’re young you say it how it is, and even your views are, like, ‘This is totally the truth’, cos you don’t know any difference, so there’s a real confidence in your way of thinking.”
We are going, and we will tell you all about it!
If you would like to read more about Agyness and her current perspective to life there is a very interesting article in the Guardian.